Putting politics aside Id


<$NoAd$>Putting politics aside, I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that today is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Sixty years ago this year, the Nazi death camps were liberated by Allied forces, and the full extent of the genocide was made known. Many of us have read the books, seen the movies, and gone to the museums, but as this event fades further and further into the past, it becomes ancient history to too many — or trivialized too often.

While the day has a special significance in Israel and to Jews all over the world, there’s a more universal resonance to this day of remembrance: a day to reflect on humans’ capacity for evil — and capacity for inaction in its face. Recognizing those frailties one day a year, hopefully could go a long way to stiffening our resolve when confronted with such barbarism in our own times.