Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, recalls the darkest
period in modern Jewish history, when the kingdom of night descended upon the body and
soul of the Jewish people.
As a people, we have barely begun to assimilate the meaning of the
losses we suffered, let alone recover from them. On Yom Hashoah, we
endeavor to recall an event so horrible as to be, quite literally, unimaginable. And we
struggle to find a way to honor and sanctify the memory of those who lived and died in the
darkest of times.
Throughout the ages the Jewish people have responded to the deeply
felt need to remember our collective tragedies and triumphs by creating liturgies that
enable recollection and sanctification. The Passover Haggadah is such a
The human and theological challenge of memorializing the Holocaust
is immense. But the refining work of recollection and liturgical sanctification is
underway and engages the souls of many of our most sensitive and creative liturgists.
This year, for Yom Hashoah, CLAL presents Nightwords: A Liturgy on the Holocaust, a profound new work of
liturgical sanctification created and compiled by David G. Roskies.
We are making Nightwords: A Liturgy on the
Holocaust available at no charge to rabbis and Jewish educators who wish to study
and/or perform this liturgy in their congregations and education programs. We
especially hope that it will be performed and/or studied in the synagogue or community
center on Yom Hashoah.
Special thanks to Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman whose grant makes it
possible for us to offer you access to this important work.
IN RETURN WE ASK ONLY ONE THING: IF YOU USE Nightwords, PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU DID WITH IT, HOW IT
WORKED AND HOW YOU WOULD DO IT DIFFERENTLY IN THE FUTURE. WE WILL SHARE YOUR
FEEDBACK WITH OTHER COMMUNAL PROFESSIONALS.
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Nightwords, and the challenges of educating about (and memorializing) the Holocaust
in your community. To join the e-group, submit your email address in the box below.
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