19 posts categorized "Holocaust"

#WeRemember - Holocaust Day, 12 April, 2018

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Lately, following the lead of the magpies in the so-called Palestinian Authority and in Iran, all the anti-Zionists anti-Semites of the world have given license to their mouths and to their pens to not only deny the Holocaust but deny all of the thousands of years of Jewish history in the Land of Israel. Most of my mother's family was murdered in the Holocaust - in Grodno ghetto, in Majdanek and in Auschwitz. My Mom, may Hashem bless her, is a Levite. Her ancestors sang in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Romans exiled us from the Land of Israel and our family migrated to Spain and later during the Spanish Inquisition, to Poland. Thank G-d, I was fortunate to return home to Israel 48 years ago in 1970. The above photo, taken in ancient Ashdod where Jews have lived for centuries, is my answer to the all the Holocaust and Land-of-Israel deniers. We'll never forget our history - it's in our veins. #WeRemember - period.

p.s.- Don't miss Racheli's post below. It's a must-read for today!


We Will Live On

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Today is Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel. We remember the 6,000,000 Jews, 10,000,000 Soviets, and millions of Serbs, Gypsies, and other unfortunate people that were wickedly tortured and murdered by the evil Nazis ym"s. I hope they get their extermination camp torture treatment in hell. Forever. 

I was trying to pick out a picture for this post, and after going through hundreds of absolutely horrifying pictures of men, women, and children having been reduced to bones with a thin layer of skin on top, piles of dead bodies flung like garbage one on top of the other, a pile of legs that were severed at the hip for G-d knows what sick reason, a row of children laying blindfolded on their backs as the EVIL, HORRIBLE, SUBHUMAN Nazis tortured them in ways beyond our worst nightmares, I just couldn't bring myself to post any of it. 

All I can think about now is that picture of those poor innocent children, lying naked and blindfolded, screaming and crying in pain and terror as they're surrounded by soulless beings of death who are the epitome of cruel sick perversion. G-d knows what was being done to them. 

Every time I think about it my heart breaks all over again. I am flooded with pain and "WHY, HASHEM?!?!" even though I know I'm supposed to have emuna that the Holocaust had to happen, because Hashem let it happen.

The above picture is of my father and his father after they arrived in Israel. I believe my father was around 15 when this picture was taken. My father, Moshe, is a Holocaust survivor. He was just eight years old when his father, Zvi z"l, took him on the run from the Germans. My father's mother, Chana Fruma z"l, and his two little sisters, Sarah z"l, and Mindele z"l, were taken to Treblinka extermination camp. 

As I lit four candles and thought about the superhuman strength and unwillingness to give up that my grandfather had, I realized deeply that if it weren't for his ultimate sacrifice, I wouldn't be here. My kids wouldn't be here. And David would be married to someone not nearly as gorgeous.

My grandfather Zvi lives on in me. He lives on in my father, who had to endure nearly three years hiding in wheat fields in Poland while on the run from the Germans and Poles. Three years of being homeless, no food, freezing Polish winters, rain, wild animals, and the constant terror of being discovered and killed. 

I don't know how the survivors were able to physically and mentally get through such gehinnom. 

In honor of today, please read my article describing my father's life in the fields. Even though we are only one or two generations removed from the survivors, we are at risk of losing our sensitivity to what has happened. Just look at what's going on in Syria. So many innocent people, young children and babies, are being murdered in vicious ways as you read this. But the world doesn't step in.

Take a moment to think about the survivors you know and the sacrifices they've made. 

We are here because of them. 

And even though many of them are no longer with us, they are still alive inside of us. 

Just look at these two little monkeys.

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My children, me, my siblings, and all future generations that come from us are alive because Zvi Hershl Rubinstein z"l did everything he could to make sure my father stayed alive.  

May his soul and the souls of every single martyr enjoy eternal Divine bliss in that special place in Heaven reserved for those who died sanctifying Hashem's name. 

And may we see the end of pain and suffering in our time, and with tremendous joy, greet our Mashiach and witness the rebuilding of our Holy Temple, Amen! 

~Racheli


Go Ahead and Make Laws, Europe

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No, the above photo is not from a colonial bakery. It's a crematorium; a Polish crematorium in the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp for reducing the corpses of gassed Jews into ash. Yes, the German Nazis designed and ran the death camp, but they could not have done this without Polish cooperation. The Poles were the "Kapos", the slave-drivers of the death camps who made the Jews' live especially miserable even before they were finally killed. Polish compliance enabled the Holocaust. What's more, history shows that the Poles were rabid anti-Semites long before Hitler's era.

Now, the Polish government has just passed a law outlawing anyone attributing any Polish responsibility for the Holocaust. You can now go to jail in Poland if you say, "Polish Death camp." With one fell swoop, the contemporary Jew-haters of Poland want to erase and rewrite history. Except for the USA and Israel, no one is objecting. So much for truth (sic) in the world, and especially in Europe.

To this day, my 91-year old mother, may Hashem bless her, still lives the trauma of having been a live pin cushion at twelve years old when her Polish classmates stuck pins in her from head to toe, sending her home in a bloody mess. No, Poland, there are too many memories in too many Jewish homes for you to erase history so easily. But don't worry - Hashem doesn't forget. Plenty of markers will still be called in, despite what your drunken legislators decide.

Iceland's legislators are now competing with Poland. A bill submitted this week to the Icelandic parliament is calling for the banning of circumcision and sets the penalty for violators at six years in prison. And, it looks like other European countries will be following suit.

Hashem's first payback to the Jew-haters of Europe will be to turn their countries into Islamic Sharia zones. If they won't let Jews live in peace and perform ritual slaughter and circumcision, no problem - they'll have to submit to Islamic Law. Do you think this is far-fetched? More than a decade ago, historian Bernard Lewis warned that if current migration trends continue, Europe will be Islamic by the end of the 21st century.

OK, Europe - go ahead and make laws. We'll see who has the last laugh.


The Piaseczna Niggun

The moving and hauntingly inspiring melody you are about to hear was composed by "Derech Achim" from South Africa in memory of one of my all-time heroes and role models, the holy "Aish Kodesh" Rebbe, Grand Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira of Piaseczna, Poland. He was a formidable educator and a profound influence on his generation. He was named after his great grandfather, the holy "Maor Vashemesh" - Rav Kalonymus Kalman Epstein, osb"m - who was the Rebbe of Krakow, Poland and the prime disiple of the holy Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk, osb"m.

The Piaseczna Rebbe inspired thousands of people during the darkest times of the holocaust. He brought hope and light to everyone around him and inspired so many to serve Hashem even in the purgatory of the Warsaw ghetto. In 1943, he was taken to the Trawniki Concentration Camp where he returned his sacred martyred soul to Hashem.

Enjoy this rare glimpse into history and into Chassidic life of today. We're still here - our oppressors always fall. Am Yisrael Chai!


"Little Babi Yar" - the Mass Graves of Yanov, Ukraine

Rav Lazer Brody just came back from the Ukraine today, on Holocaust Day, where he visited the mass graves of the Jews of Yanov in the Ukraine, where his father's family comes from. In the following clip, taken yesterday afternoon, he tearfully tells how the Nazis pulled Jews off the train in Yanov, made them dig their own graves, then shot them. Then then forced the local Jews to bury them, then dig another pit, and shot them too. We cannot forget and we'll never forget:


Shema Yisrael: Yaacov Shwekey

Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman (1886-1969), The Ponovicher Rov of blessed memory, saved orphaned Jewish children from Catholic orphanages after the close of World War II. Although the priests and nuns denied that there were any Jewish children there, The Rov - accompanied by American officers - visited the orphanages at bedtime. He would call out "Shema Yisroel" and instinctly children raised their hands to cover their eyes, while crying in Yiddish, "Mama! Mama!" The holy Skolener Rebbe of blessed memory saved children in like fashion.

My dear and esteemed friend Yaacov Shwekey sings a moving rendition of the above story in "Shema Yisroel". Enjoy it and have a lovely Shabbat!


Tyranny Can't Be Appeased

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Above image, Munich, 1938 - Chamberlain and Hitler

Before you start dancing in the streets about the nuclear agreement with Iran, think about this:

Why does history repeat itself? People never learn...

Hedonist societies especially never learn. They try to appease tyrannical (Tehrannical) regimes and therefore gain a few more years of peace and quiet on the golf course. Alas, Hashem doesn't let it happen that way.

Appeasement only fuels the appetite of tyranny. Do you remember the Munich Agreement of 1938? Led by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, a name whom history has made synonymous to appeasement, The UK, France and Italy agreed to allow Hitler to annex Czechoslovakia in return for "peace". Hitler signed the peace agreement, and everyone was all smiles. 

Chamberlain came back to the UK from Berlin as a hero, to the welcome of the fish-chips-and beer-drinking masses who were jubilant that the threat of war had passed. Chamberlain told the British public that he had achieved “peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time.”

Chamberlain's folly was immediately challenged by his greatest critic, Winston Churchill, who declared, “You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour and you will have war.” Indeed, Chamberlain’s policies were discredited the following year, when Hitler annexed the remainder of Czechoslovakia in March of 1939 and then precipitated World War II by invading Poland in September, 1939, which triggered World War II. 

Now, 77 years later, during the notorious "Three Weeks" between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B'Av, the USA has reaffirmed its commitment to hedonism by appeasing Iran and signing a nuclear agreement that is not worth the skin of a garlic clove. Kerry and Obama are walking in Chamberlain's exact footsteps while Iran sees itself as the 21st Century Aryans, continuing in Hitler's path, constantly threatening to destroy Israel. The Iranians mean what they say. As was in Berlin, 1938, the peace won't last for more than a year; indeed, much less.

Why is Hashem doing all of this? He is showing us that we can trust no one but Him. If Bibi is afraid to ruffle Obama's feathers and build new apartments in Judea and Samaria, don't think that he'll have the nerve to go it alone militarily against Iran.

Teshuva and emuna are the only way to secure our future. Hashem's wake-up calls are getting louder all the time; let's put an end to our spiritual slumber.