‘A moment of silence’. We’ve all observed them, have we not? That’s what I initially thought of when clicking the link to the video of the observance of Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust memorial day in Israel. (Please click here to watch it.)
But this is nothing like what you may have observed before. It’s certainly nothing I’ve seen before. This is entirely different. What this is, is true OBSERVANCE.
They literally stop. Everything. Stops. Not only do they stop, they get out. They stand. They are silent (with the exception of the siren that, itself, harkens an air raid siren in an eerie shadowing of war time). They do not move. They have completely and fully given themselves and this moment to the memory of the 6+ million souls that this observance is for. It is one of the most amazing and honorable acts I have ever seen.
In the video, suddenly, on the left-hand side, you can see a white bird fly upward. Clearly it’s too far away to identify, but for just a moment I imagined it was a dove, come to remind us of peace, and love. This is what true observance should be. The memories of those people deserve no less, from ALL of us; not just those observing Yom HaShoah in Israel.