Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. We remember the six million Jews and ¼-½ million Roma that died in the Holocaust. We remember the five million lgbtq people, disabled, and others that died in the Holocaust. Today is also Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. Don’t exclude them. Genocide is genocide. Don’t forget that while many groups were targeted in the Holocaust, Jews and Rroma were their focus, the primary ones they sought to wipe from the face of the earth. The Holocaust left deep scars in our cultural memory. You can’t understand that kind of abiding collective anguish unless you are one of us. To put the numbers in perspective: The Jewish global population pre-Holocaust was 17 million at its peak in 1939. The Jewish population of Europe was 9 million. The Rroma population of Europe was just under 1 million. 6 million Jews was OVER ONE THIRD of the number of Jews IN THE ENTIRE WORLD, and TWO THIRDS OF ALL EUROPEAN JEWS. 220,000-500,000 Romani was ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF of the Rroma in Europe. The Jewish population STILL has not recovered to prewar levels. We’re at 13-14 million today. Again, that is the GLOBAL POPULATION. That’s less than the population of New York state (20 million). There are Holocaust survivors STILL LIVING. This isn’t distant memory. I live in the US (like many Ashkenazi Jews) because some of my family fled. The ones who stayed didn’t survive. Do not let this happen again. Nazis are rising again, and they’re finding their way into the top echelons of our government. Not theoretically, LITERALLY. Hate crimes are skyrocketing, and we are becoming habituated to fear. Fight back against those that would bring the horror back again. Keep protesting, keep fighting, keep standing up for minorities, for the persecuted and marginalized. We remember. Never again.
זכר קדוש לברכה May the memory of the holy be a blessing.
Since 1953, the German government has been paying (a changing amount that currently stands on) a several million dollar settlement to Israeli holocaust survivors, through the Israeli government. Holocaust survivors suffer many physical and mental health issues, which of course only increase, as their ages average near 80 now a days. Currently, a third of Jewish holocaust survivors are living in a state of poverty.
A few years ago, a huge scandal broke out around the discovery that the Israeli government had been stealing from this settlement money for an undetermined amount of time. In the year 2007, it was estimated that a full half of the settlement money was being stolen. The German government and Israeli holocaust survivors were never properly compensated.
These people’s lives are such a tragic series of lessons on what the government’s real nature is. Let this be a lesson that you take away from this horrifying event. Please.
Tonight begins Yom HaShoah, the day we remember the Jewish victims of Nazi perpetrated genocide.
“We remember six million innocent victims who were brutally murdered by a heartless enemy. We remember six million men and women who died because they were Jewish. The assault was unprovoked. The fury was without reason. The crime was immeasurable […] and yet–the Jewish people lives.”
-Rabbi Sherwin Wine
Reminder that on Yom Hazikaron we must remember non-Jewish Israelis who died protecting the nation alongside their Jewish brothers and sisters-in-arms. We must remember every Druze, Bedouin, Christian, Muslim, and other religious/ethnic minorities who lost their lives in service of the country. Diversity is strength, not weakness, and we must remember ALL who serve.
Hey Rose, aside from Chanukah, what are some other ways to show that Darcy is Jewish? Thank you!
So this depends on a few things, including how religious you think Darcy is. Everything I’m saying applies to any character, btw, but I’m tailoring my responses to a young unmarried Jewish woman living in NYC with primarily non-Jewish friends, which - hey - I’ve got plenty of experience with!
Hanukkah (Chanukah is fine, transliteration from Hebrew is weird) is obviously a big one, but it’s not the only one.
As our day of mourning for the brave soldiers who perished in the Isreal Defence Force and due to terror closes (Yom haZikaron), we welcome the joy and excitement of Israel’s 69th Birthday (Yom Ha’atzmaut).
Yom Huledet Sameach to our beloved State of Israel!
(Image from blogger, taken June 2015 in southern Israel)
(el) Día de los (Veteranos) Caídos = Memorial Day [lit. “day of the fallen (veterans)”] (el) Día de Conmemoración de los Caídos = Memorial Day [lit. “Day of Remembrance of the Fallen”
(el) Día de Acción de Gracias = Thanksgiving
el cumpleaños = birthday el cumple = birthday (slang)
el bautismo = baptism / christening
la boda = wedding
el funeral = funeral
el entierro = burial
(el) Ramadán = Ramadan
(el) Yom Kippur = Yom Kippur (el) Día de Perdón = Yom Kippur [lit. “day of forgiveness”]
la estación = season
el mes = month mensual = monthly
el año = year anual = yearly / annual
la primavera = spring de primavera / primaveral = springtime
el otoño = autumn / fall de otoño / otoñal = autumnal / fall (adj)
el verano = summer de verano, veraniego/a = summery / summertime
el invierno = winter de invierno, invernal = winter(time), wintry
el equinoccio de primavera = spring equinox
el equinoccio de otoño = autumnal equinox
el solsticio de verano = summer solstice
el solsticio de invierno = winter solstice
las vacaciones = vacation / day off la feria = day off, holiday / “fair” or carnival
ir de vacaciones = to go on vacation/holiday veranear = to spend summer (somewhere) / “to summer”
el feriado = holiday feriado/a = a day that is a holiday, an “observed” holiday (el) día festivo, (el) feriado religioso = holy day, religious holiday
el puente = “bridge” [sometimes “long weekend” or “Bank Holiday”; a puente are the days off before or after a big holiday, so if Christmas falls on a Wednesday, you’d typically get the Tuesday off for Christmas Eve and probably the Monday off as your puente… not technically a holiday, but some places won’t make you come in to work that day; Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) in the U.S. is a puente as well, where you then have the weekend off and go back to work on Monday]
la fiesta = party / feast day, holy day, holiday las fiestas = parties / holidays (in this sense it more means observed holidays, so las fiestas de España means “the holidays/festivals of Spain” which can include national holidays or more regional holidays or what they call “popular holidays” like La Tomatina or something like that that’s unique to a city or region]
(el) día santo = saint’s day (el) día del santo patrón = saint’s day [lit. “day of a patron saint”]
celebrar = to celebrate
pasar = to spend (time), to observe a holiday pasarlo bien = to have a good time [can be pasarla bien if it’s specifically la fiesta or a feminine noun] disfrutar (de) / gozar (de) = to enjoy something
regalar, dar un regalo = to give a gift
el regalo = gift, present
¡Feliz ___! = Happy ___!
*Note: With some exceptions, this list is mostly designed around the holidays observed in the U.S. and particularly Christian ones; other countries and religions have their own holidays that may or may not be included on this list so feel free to add any big ones I’ve missed.
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Common Misconception: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
I made a post like this last year, but it has been a year, and I’ve gathered many more followers of this blog since. In addition, I’ve seen mistaken posts about it from other people on the site, so I figured it would be important to point them out. Please spread this to dispel the misconception.
Misconception: (1) Rosh Hashanah is a simply happy day, then you have (2) 10 days of repentance to ask for forgiveness before you are (3) judged on Yom Kippur.
Explanation: 1) You say in the prayers for Rosh Hashanah “on Rosh Hashanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed.” As is explained in many places, Rosh Hashanah is the day of judgement. Not just an individual judgement, but also a general judgement of the entire world. The general judgement of the world is explained in kabbalah to mean that G-d sits and evaluates all of creation, and based on the actions of his creations, decides whether or not to continue the creation. If he decides to stop, then everything reverts to nothingness as if it never was. Al Pi Kabbalah, On the night of Rosh Hashanah, the flow of G-dly light that sustains the world stops, as it were. The entire existence runs on fumes until the sounding of the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah morning. For this reason, Rosh Hashanah is a solemn day, a very severe day, and in a lot of ways, a very scary day. The Rosh Hashanah prayers are all about trying to arouse in G-d the will to continue the creation, and not to let it revert to nothingness. As such, it is actually the custom of many to fast and pray in teshuvah on Erev Rosh Hashanah.
2) the “10 Days of Repentance” are not the days when you are supposed to first seek forgiveness and repent, no. Those are the days when you have a chance to try and Undo what was written down on Rosh Hashanah. Think of it as being on Probation. You’re already in deep trouble if you haven’t done anything before then, and you have to try to put on your best behavior in order to undo the sentence. What should you do to prevent that? Do your repentance NOW, before Rosh Hashanah, and then you’ll never get the bad sentence, and you’ll never be put on probation in the first place.
3) There is a saying of the sages, “Where a Ba'al teshuva (penitent) stands, not even a completely righteous person (who has never sinned) can stand.” The level that a person can reach through teshuva is tremendous, and without comparison (if you want to look for a greater explanation, i’ll try to get around to offering a better one, bli neder, or you can look in Derech Mitzvosecha, the chapter titled “Vidui and Teshuva”). The first Yom Kippur was when the Jews were in the Desert, in the Torah. The jews were given the Torah on the 6th of Sivan, and 40 days later, on the 17th of Tamuz, they sinned with the Golden Calf. G-d became angry with them and Moshe went up to the mountain to try to avoid a disaster, and avoided it by 40 days later, on Rosh Chodesh Elul. Then Moshe went back up to the mountain for another 40 days, to obtain the second tablets. All the while, the jewish people were repenting, a very high level of teshuva, and on Yom Kippur, they reached beyond even where they were before… and on Yom Kippur, they received the second Tablets from G-d, a sign that they had been completely forgiven (for something has horrible as actual idol worship right after all the revelations at the giving of the Torah)- and that’s what we celebrate on Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur isn’t a day of judgement. It’s a day of forgiveness. The single most auspicious day of the entire year for forgiveness. If so, why don’t we eat? There is an old saying “On Tisha B'Av, who can eat? On Yom Kippur, who needs to eat?!” - that is, we are at such a high level, the level of ba'alei teshuva, that we are higher than the angels. As such, we are completely removed from physicality, food and otherwise, and are surrounded only by joy, and the feeling of closeness to G-d. And so joyful that you’re supposed to say Kiddush Levana (the blessing of the moon, which we say once a month, which has to be said specifically in a state of joy and happiness) right after Yom Kippur, and many even will do Kiddush Levana before they break their fast. Why are we so joyful then? Because we know that despite everything, we’ve been forgiven.
You should all be written down for a good and sweet year, and on Yom Kippur, sealed for blessing and happiness, and you should lack nothing.