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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Oxymoron of Sorts

It may just be my mind's connecting Hebrew to English and all the connotations they bring to mind, but I find a peculiar irony, contradiction, even absurdity in the Hebrew phrase לחגוג "lachgog et Yom HaShoah," "to celebrate Holocaust Memorial Day."

It's not a חג holiday. It's a sad, reflective memorial day.

Yes, today the official Israeli media concentrates on remembering, educating Israelis of all ages about what the Nazis did to the Jews 65-70 years ago.

Unfortunately, but not unsurprisingly, they don't connect any of today's events to give the public a warning of today's dangers.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Take a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtG7mJeFZrI

Batya said...

Yes, I did and it is a very good 3 minute film.