D’var Torah, Yom Ha’Shoah, May 3,2019

On the Jewish calendar, today is Yom HaShoah.  Shoah, a word found in the Psalms of the Hebrew Bible means “utter destruction.” This is the Hebrew word for Holocaust.  In 1951, the Israeli Knesset chose the date of Nissan 27 as the annual day for a memorial for the Holocaust on the Jewish calendar.rabbiDF  That date was subsequently chosen as the International Day of Remembrance and as the anchor for a week long observance in the United States:  “Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust,” established by an act of Congress in 1980.  In Kenosha, each year, the Mayor proclaims this observance in Kenosha with a Proclamation document(see below).  For decades now, it has been the custom in Kenosha to observe Yom HaShoah with an Interfaith Commemoration, featuring a survivor’s story.  Tonight the annual observance will be held at the Kenosha Public Museum at 7:00pm.  Survivor Nate Taffel of Milwaukee will speak.

Holocaust Proclamation 2019