Please enable JavaScript in your browser to experience all the custom features of our site.

Mr. Harry Skydell, Chairman
Mr. Mark Karasick, Vice Chairman
Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Director
Rabbi Avrohom M. Gluck, Director of Operations
The first 1000 members will have a chance to win a
16 GB
with Rabbi Horowitz audio

Membership Benefits:

  • Save articles to your favorites folder.
  • Save and print selected articles in a PDF journal.
  • Receive emails containing the latest comments on your favorite articles.
  • Mark articles as "READ".
  • More member features coming soon...

Raffle Rules:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter, complete the signup form and join as a member. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries shall become the property of CJFL. CJFL is not responsible for lost, misdirected or delayed entries.

The contest is open to the general public. Members need to be at least 18 years old. Identification must be produced on request. Employees of CJFL, its raffle sponsor, advertising and promotional agencies and their respective affiliates and associates and such employees' immediate family members and persons with whom such employees are domiciled are excluded from this raffle. ALL PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED MEMBERS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED INTO THIS RAFFLE. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded. Decisions of the raffle judges are final - no substitutions will be available. By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation of his or her name and/or likeness (first initial and last name) and municipality of residence for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium (including without limitation, radio broadcasts, newspapers and other publications and in television or film releases, slides, videotape, distribution over the internet and picture date storage) which CJFL may deem appropriate. In accepting the prize, the winner, acknowledges that CJFL may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with accepting or using this prize. CJFL retains the rights, in its absolute and sole discretion, to make substitutions of equivalent kind or approximate value in the event of the unavailability of any prize or component of the prize for any reason whatsoever. This contest is subject to all federal, provincial and municipal laws. CJFL reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this raffle at any time without prior notice. One entry per person.

Whose Story?
by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

  Rated by 1 user   |   Viewed 7920 times since 2/5/15   |   0 Comments
Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size    [ Change Font Size ] Email This Article to a Friend


On a personal note, I would like to express my appreciation to my friend Elly Kleinman for securing a very-difficult-to-come-by slot at the ceremonies marking the liberation of Auschwitz’s concentration camps 70 years ago, and to his staff for assisting with all the logistics of my trip. The Kleinman Family Holocaust Education Center is an ambitious project that is designed to provide our children and future generations with venues that will preserve the memory of our kedoshim in a manner that will be accessible to them on many levels.

In a previous post on the extraordinary gathering commemorating the 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz’s Liberation, I wrote about the searing Kaddish recited by Mr. Shmuel Beller in memory of his relatives who were murdered there. (Here is a video clip of his Kaddish.)

After Mr. Beller finished Kaddish, he took off his shoes as a sign of mourning, and sat Shiva on the floor for a few short moments, presumably because he never got to sit Shiva when his parents and siblings were murdered in the concentration camps.

At that point, an Israeli holocaust survivor approached Mr. Beller and told him in Yiddish to, “Get off the ground.” He said, “We cried enough over our loss; we are here now to celebrate our survival.”

I put my arm around the Israeli survivor, walked him away from that area and told him in Ivrit that they are both right, and they have the freedom to commemorate this observance in any way they wish to.

There is no single narrative to describe the monumental tragedy of the holocaust, but rather different accounts that reflect the lens through which the one telling the story views things.

One thing is certain, though. For decades, the perspective of Orthodox Jews has been underrepresented in the recorded legacy of the Holocaust. Here too, there are probably various narratives to describe why this is the case.

But as the precious few survivors among us age, we must support efforts to fill this void by creating spaces and materials that are culturally congruent with our standards and which squarely address the complex matter of maintaining one’s faith amid unfathomable tragedy.

Previous posts on the 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz’s Liberation:

Kaddish for Kedoshim

What's Inside The Box?

It Sure IS Important!

Rudolf; Ich Been Du!

Video #1 -- Survivors at Gates of Auschwitz

Video #2 -- Survivors at Gates of Auschwitz

To sign up for Rabbi Horowitz’s weekly emails, please click here.

Reader's Comments:      Rating & Comments Policy      Rate & Write a Comment!
 Average Rating:              Rated by 1 user
Subscribe to this Article
(by subscribing you will receive email notification
when new comments are posted)
There are no comments yet. Click above to write the first comment.
Dear Readers:

Please visit our Parenting Resource listing to learn about agencies and services that you can make use of. If you know of an agency that can be of assistance to others, kindly drop an email to our site administrator at and pass along the information to him.

I ask that you please consider supporting the work we are doing to improve the lives of our children. Click on these links to learn more about our teen and parent mentoring program that serves hundreds of teens and their families, or our KESHER program, now in 20 schools in 4 states. Your financial support can allow us to expand these services and help more children.

If you believe in the governing principles of this website – to help effect positive change through the candid discussions of the real issues we collectively face, please consider becoming a daily, weekly or monthly sponsor of this website and help defray the costs of it’s maintenance.

Working with Families and Educators on Behalf of our Children

This site is managed by The Center for Jewish Family Life, Inc., 56 Briarcliff Drive, Monsey, NY 10952
Project Y.E.S. was founded by Agudath Israel of America
The Center for Jewish Family Life/Project YES - 56 Briarcliff Drive, Monsey, NY 10952 (845) 352-7100 ext. 114 Fax: (845) 352-9593