Cutting Edge Technology Helps Preserve Precious Memories

Hall of Names - Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

Hall of Names – Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

Although the generation of Holocaust survivors is dwindling, new technology means the ability to collect and preserve memories is expanding.  An article published in the University of Toronto News outlines how archivists at Yad Vashem in Israel are leading the effort to gather and document personal Holocaust information and to make it free and available to the public.  The impact of preserving these memories cannot be overstated.  One family explains how they were able to piece together their family tree and to commemorate their lost generation.  Read more in the story here.

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Seeking the Light During Hanukah

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Lit menorah, Israel

Although Hanukah is a rather small holiday, celebrating one particular historic battle, it has a pretty high profile because it occurs when most of the world is celebrating their “High Holyday,” Christmas.  And yet, there are some important messages in Hanukah.  One that touches me is the idea of finding light during a dark time.  In winter the days are short and, for many, cold.  Hanukah reminds us that even during the bleakest of times we can find light and warmth in unexpected places.  I found an article that, though a bit old, resonated with me.  Heidi Molnar, a writer living in New Jersey, describes in, “Interfaith Family,” her experiences rekindling her Jewish faith and traditions after her marriage to a Catholic and the adoption of her two daughters from China.  Although Heidi has intermarried, it is precisely because of her need to grapple with the religious upbringing of her daughters that she was able to return to her faith.  She also explains that her parents, as did many Holocaust survivors, wanted to escape their Judaism.  During this dark time of year, may we all find some light and warmth.

Chag Hanukah Sameach!