In Remembrance of Yom HaShoah, the following poems and prayers are found in “Mishkan T’filah”, the Reform Siddur, on pages 521 through 533. Av Harachamim (Merciful Parent), the Hodaah (הוֹדָאָה) Insert, is found on page 554.
“I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
I believe in love even when feeling it not.
I believe in God even when God is silent.”
– Found on a cellar wall in Cologne, Germany
Written by a person hiding from the Nazis.
ËL MALËI RACHAMIM (אֵל מָלֵא רַחֲמִים)
Fully Compassionate God on high:
To our six million brothers and sisters
murdered because they were Jews,
grant clear and certain rest with You
in the lofty heights of the sacred and pure
whose brightness shines like the very glow of heaven.
Source of mercy:
Forever enfold them in the embrace of Your wings;
Secure their souls in eternity.
Adonai: they are Yours.
They will rest in peace.
b’emunah sh’leimah b’viat hamashiach.
V’af al pi she’yitmameihah,
im kol zeh ani maamin.
– I believe with perfect faith in the Messiah’s coming. Despite it all, I still believe.
KADDISH L’YOM HASHOAH – SHOAH KADDISH
As attributed to Elie Wiesel, z”l, after designated words and phrases of the Mourner’s Kaddish the names of various death camps and locations are mentioned:
Auschwitz, Lodz, Ponar, Babi Yar, Maidanek, Birkenau, Kovno, Janowska, Theresienstadt, Buchenwald, Treblinka, Vilna, Bergen-Belsen, Mauthausen, Dachau, Minsk, Warsaw (and Salonika.)
Deceased Holocaust Survivors and Members of Temple Kol Hamidbar:
Simon Farkas and Jack Farkas, of Hungary; the two brothers survived Auschwitz and were liberated from Buchenwald; in the end, of their family, only they survived.
I remember my beloved deceased and invite you to add your own:
Hella Weiss, of Germany and with her mother, survived Theresienstadt, her father died in Auschwitz, and her sister and brothers survived other camps or in hiding
Yaacov and Gilda Joseph, he was a laborer; and she, the daughter of a Cohen, was subjected along with her twin sister to Dr. Mengele’s experiments, both were from Salonika; of their families, only they two survived Auschwitz
Dr. Rene and Tillie Molho, both of Salonika; he and his brother survived Auschwitz, and she in hiding in Athens; they were the only survivors in their families
In addition, we honor the memory of those victims of the Holocaust who have no one to say Kaddish for them.
Zichronam liv’rachah (זִכְרוֹנָם לִבְרָכָה).
May their memories be for blessing.
AV HARACHAMIM (אָב הָרַחֲמִים),
Merciful Parent who dwells on high,
in Your great mercy remember in mercy
Your upright, blameless, and deserving children, and their holy communities,
that were destroyed in their great numbers in the Holocaust.
Their lives were taken as they honored Your name.
Beloved and precious in life,
even death cannot separate them from us.
May God remember them for goodness along with all the world’s righteous.
And let us say: Amen.
.חַי יִשְׂרָאֵל עַם
Am Yisrael Chai.
This is 11 Days in the ‘Õmer, which is one week and four days of Counting the ‘Õmer. Yom HaShoah is 12 Days in the ‘Õmer.
Rosh Chodesh Iyar begins this Friday, April 24 and extends through Shabbat, Saturday, April 25.