Dear Friends,

 

I was speaking with one of our congregants about visiting Dachau concentration camp. While I have traveled to a number of “camps,” I especially recall Dachau which is located just outside of Munich.

 
I recall a sense of anger as Dachau had been “cleansed” of virtually all signs of the atrocities that took place there. And as we walked through this barren place, I had the sense the voices and cries were coming through the ground; the cries of some of the six-million who could no longer speak for themselves.
 
Elie Wiesel who died earlier this week, attempted to be the voice of the children, women and men who were the victims of Nazi hatred, and a world that remained virtually silent as evil prevailed. His was an impossible task as he realized that there are no words that can adequately capture the emotions, the sufferings, and the sense of betrayal that was felt among those who perished, and those who endured a horror that is beyond human description.
 
But Elie Wiesel tried, for he passionately knew that the world must know and humanity must never forget not only the victims, but the wickedness of which man is capable, and the evil that is remaining silent “while your neighbor bleeds.”
                
Elie Wiesel taught us that “the opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference.” So the challenge to all of us:  to live with open eyes and hearts for a world that continues to know so much inhumanity and moral darkness.  

 
Shabbat shalom,   

         Rabbi David Greenberg