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Today, Yom haShoah, Jews and non-Jews all over the world remember the Holocaust.

 Anat Hoffman Executive Director, IRAC

first Published  : 04/08/2013   Last Updated: 04/08/2013 

   

Today, Yom haShoah, Jews and non-Jews all over the world remember the Holocaust. 

I would like to share with you two of my favorite poems. One from Hannah Senesh and one from Mohamad Taha Ali. Their words have always given me comfort.

In the fires of war, in the flame, in the flare, 
In the eye-blinding, searing glare 
My little lantern I carry high 
To search, to search for true Man.

In the glare, the light of my lantern burns dim, 
In the fire-glow my eye cannot see; 
How to look, to see, to discover, to know 
When he stands there facing me?

Set a sign, O Lord, set a sign on his brow 
That in heat, fire and burning I may 
Know the pure, the eternal spark 
Of what I seek: true Man.

-Hannah Senesh

After we die,
and the weary heart
has lowered its final eyelid
on all that weve done,
and on all that weve longed for,
and all that weve dreamt of,
all weve desired
or felt,
hate will be
the first things
to putrefy
within us.

-Mohamad Taha Ali

May the memories of the Shoa victims be blessed, and may we be worthy of their sacrifice.

L’shalom,
Anat Hoffman
Executive Director, IRAC