Quantcast

Jewish Journal

Day 3: Los Angeles Religious Leaders Mission - Lonely and Unsure at Yad Vashem

by JewishJournal.com

June 28, 2010 | 3:14 pm

by Dr. Joshua Holo, Incoming Dean, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles

Though I recognize its necessity, I do not like Yad Vashem. I enter with gloomy anxiety, and I leave exhausted and burdened with sorrow.

In truth, however, my distaste does not come from these emotions themselves, unpleasant as they are. More intractably, I begrudge myself the fact of feeling them in the first place. The mere acknowledgment of having experienced these feelings seems self-centered and indulgent. We visitors at the memorial are not meant to be subjects or actors but rather only to be subjected to, to be the objects and vehicles of Yad Vashem’s demand for justice—and only vestigial justice, at that.

It is a lonely, unsure state to find oneself in, which prevents me, at least, from granting Yad Vashem much beyond the fact that neither the Jewish people, the State of Israel, nor indeed the world, can afford to be without it.

Tracker Pixel for Entry

COMMENTS

We welcome your feedback.

Privacy Policy
Your information will not be shared or sold without your consent. Get all the details.

Terms of Service
JewishJournal.com has rules for its commenting community.Get all the details.

Publication
JewishJournal.com reserves the right to use your comment in our weekly print publication.

ADVERTISEMENT
PUT YOUR AD HERE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Read more