Found some important pieces in various outlets today.
Locally, Rabbi Zoberman, my Jewish Spiritual leader, shares his thought:
From Boze Herrington at The Week:
In 1995, while deployed to the Med, I was blessed to be part of a tour to Jerusalem during a port visit to Haifa. The last stop on the tour was the Children’s Memorial at the Yad Vashem museum. It was heartbreaking and brought one of the many horrors of the Holocaust into very vivid focus. The frustrating part was hearing a couple of my younger shipmates say, “So what’s the big deal?” “Never Forget” became more important to me than it ever had been.
Some years later, when my children were old enough to appreciate it, we took a trip to D.C.. One of our many stops that weekend was the US Holocaust Museum. Part of that experience is walking through a mock up of a Polish city, which throughout the course of the walk, transforms to a Polish Ghetto. My kids asked how that could happen. I explained it as best I could, and they understood that something like that should never be allowed to happen again.
For those of you who have accused me of being oversensitive to the issue, I invite you to read these pieces, visit the museum in D.C., and if ever given the opportunity, walk through that children’s memorial in Jerusalem. Maybe then you MIGHT grasp my feelings.