Love of the Land

For the week ending 3 January 2009 / 7 Tevet 5769

Yad Vashem A Memory and a Warning

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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The Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem is visited regularly not only by Israelis and Jewish tourists but also by non-Jewish heads of state and other distinguished guests from all over the world.

In a recent media interview the newly-appointed chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, chief rabbi of Tel Aviv and former chief rabbi of Israel, stressed the role which this institution has, not only as a memory of the past but also as a warning for the future. Referring to the recent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, he called upon foreign governments to learn the lesson of the Holocaust and take tougher measures to punish those guilty of attacking Jews and desecrating Jewish cemeteries.

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