Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) 2017 in Israel. It began in the evening of Sunday, April 23 and ends in the evening of Monday, April 24.
The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah”— in Hebrew literally translated as the “Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan — a week after the end of the Passover holiday and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers). It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
The date was selected in a resolution passed by Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, on April 12, 1951. Although the date was established by the Israeli government, it has become a day commemorated by Jewish communities and individuals worldwide.
For me and millions of Jews like me, this day reminds us why we fight, who we fight, and why we must and will prevail. There is no other option.
Today, on Yom HaShoah, watch as 15 Holocaust survivors sing the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah, in Auschwitz after reciting kaddish at the 70th liberation ceremony of Auschwitz.
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