Because we are still living in diaspora. Because we remember our families though we know so little about them. Because we’ve lost so many that you grant us a single day of remembrance. Because a day of remembrance won’t bring back our families. Because when I think of how many more of us there would have been, I feel so alone. Because I miss the cousins and nieces and nephews that aren’t. Because we are always surviving by the skin of our teeth. Because our continued existence is our constant prayer, and our constant gratitude. Because we are still alive, and in your schools and workplaces. Because our shuls are still in your cities. Because even if you keep us from our places of worship, keep our children from schools, even as you murdered our parents and grandparents we are still here. Am Yisrael Chai.
— your day of remembrance hasn’t saved my grandchildren