Holidays / Those Other Holidays / Yom HaShoah Readings

How Does One Mourn Six Million People Who Died?

-Elie Wiesel

A short, beautiful, heartbreaking reading about remembering the six million lights lost.

First line: How does one mourn six million people who died? Last line: They left us without a trace and we are their trace…

Amidah: On Our Feet We Speak To You

-Marge Piercy

JewBelong does love us some Marge Piercy! This one is an interesting take on Amidah prayer. So cool that she is helping make sense of this prayer because it’s not easy!

First line: We rise to speak. Last line: Praise the light that shines before us, through us, after us, Amen…

We Remember Them

-Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer

Oh, this is such, such, such a beautiful reading! We know at least one congregation that reads it every Yom Kippur, during Yizkor, when we think about those who have died.

First line: At the rising of the sun and at its going down, we remember them. Last line: For they are now a part of us as we remember them…

Never Again

-Rachel Redhead

Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 had a theme of Speak Up, Speak Out. Sad poignant poem.

First line: A silent scream lost in time. Last line: I tell you now: never again!…

True, We Are Often Too Weak To Stop Injustices

-Elie Wiesel

The first line in this reading says it all. Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Laureate and himself a Holocaust survivor is a hero. Mic drop.

First line: True, we are often too weak to stop injustices, but the least we can do is to protest about them. Last line: True, we are powerless against death, but as long as we keep one man, one woman, one child live one hour longer in safety and dignity, we affirm man’s right to live…

We Talk About Them Because We Are Proud

-Lexi Behrndt

Too often, readings about people who died are too sad. But this one is really fantastic! It makes us remember those who are no longer with us in such a beautiful way.

First line: We talk about them because we are proud. Last line: Nothing will ever change that…

Yom HaShoah Short But Sweet

-Multiple Authors

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