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Apr 24, 2017

unity in Israel on Yom Hashoah

A lot is made about the unity of the day on Yom haShoah. Millions of people, over 6 million Jews, stand in unison and remember, think about, those who perished, just for being Jewish. We put aside our differences, for just a moment, and stand side by side to give honor to the victims of the Holocaust.

Hearing something about the unity today reminded me of a conversation I had once with a friend. This friend goes every year to Uman for Rosh Hashana, despite his not being a Breslaver hassid, and he encourages other people to go.

I asked him once, a bunch of years ago, why he goes, especially being that he is not a hassid of Rebbe Nachman. "What do you find so special about it?", I asked.

He responded that in Uman on Rosh Hashana you are with and you daven with tens of thousands of other people, and everyone is so different and nobody cares about the differences. Everyone is just friendly to each other and happy with each other. There is so much Jewish love in Uman. Hat, he said, is what makes it so special, and, he said, that is something you don't get anywhere else, especially in Eretz Yisrael.

I responded by saying that there is no mitzvah to hate and to fight with other people in Israel. If you go to Uman because everyone likes each other there, why not just act like that in Israel as well. As a matter of fact, most of the visitors to Uman travel to there from Israel, so it mostly the same people that are normally in Israel. Why do they have to all hate and fight with each other while in Israel but love each other in Uman? Just act nicely to each other in Israel as well!

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  1. At least the Jews are united on Yom Hasho'ah. Our cousins? Not so much.

  2. Very good question. The main reason is because it is only a short event, people do not have many needs or expectations for that short time, many people are not setting up mobile roaming so they resist making expensive calls or doing social media, and many of the basic needs like food and activity are being provided. If people would stay for longer, if there were kids and women as well, then issues and conflict would arise and the differences would come out. You cannot replicate that anywhere else in Israel.

  3. You are not correct. Most of the Chareidim ignore the siren, some of them say Tehillim, but most do not at that time


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