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I wonder what the cost of the Holocaust

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I wonder what the cost of the Holocaust is:

Re-Reparations poetic Agreement of dem Luxemburger Abkommen

What is the price of a Jewish ghetto? What is the price of segregation? What is the price of antishemitishem?  What is the price of the numrus clauses? What is the price of ruining one Jewish shop let’s say in fridrichsain?

What is the price of burning down a Jewish village? What is the cost of living the building and just shooting the people?

What is the price of one forced labor camps let’s say in Crete?

What is the price of death camp? What is the price of death? And what is the price of a camp?

(Can I get a discount if I buy both of them?)

What is the price of burning a whole Jewish library?

What is the price of burning one book; let’s say a poetry book from Jerba in Tunis?

What is the price of burning one Jewish word?

What is the price of separating a Jewish couple who just got married and do not have kids yet?

What is the price of the longing to be again in this love one, one to each other?

What is the price of sending a divorced couple to the death chambers?

What is the price of murdering lesbian couple who live secretly together in Odessa?

What is the price of eliminating a Jewish gay who was never been in love in his life?

What is the price of sending an in love Jewish transgender to Aushwitch?

What is the price of killing a whole religious community?

What is the cost of killing one rabbi? What is the price of killing one saint rabbis wife let’s say from Serbia.

What is the price of killing a whole scholar Jewish community from mitte bezerik?

What is the cost of killing one intellectual? Let’s say what is the price of Walter Benjamin or David fogel or Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger? Can u tell me the price also of burning down book of none celeb Jewish writers? Or those who just started to write and didn’t send the book to publication.

Can u tell me the price of separating 1.5 children from their parents? Is it different then killing a family together?

Can u give me the price of the sorrow? What is the price of grief? What is the price of their lost wishes?

What is the price of killing one woman who cannot give birth?

What is the price of forgetting all these communities never to be seen on earth again?

What is the price of sending the remaining Jews to Palestine? What is a price of auslender visa for Jews who come to Berlin? What is the price of sending a nuclear submarine to Israel?

What is the price of people who survived the war? I mean what is the price of the trauma?

[Why?]

I will tell u why, well, I wonder what the cost of the Holocaust is.

I mean, can u really give a price for a loss of one person, one book, one word, one village, one love, one voice, one kid, one woman, one man, one gay family, one history, one culture, one life, one memory, one dream, one city, thousands of years of Jewish life?

Cause if u will tell me the price – so then- I want to buy it all. I want to see all the life that was lost. But I do not want compensation. I want the impossible. And I know that only poetry can give words to this lost task.

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Don’t take rebellion lightly

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“haredim barbecuing” – Illustration – cc: flickr

The publication in Yedioth Ahronoth of a photo showing haredim barbecuing in Jerusalem‘s Sacher Park on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day was a wise move. Freedom of speech is an important value. It would be wrong to suppress a photograph that makes us uncomfortable, especially because it is dangerous to deny the problem and pretend it doesn’t exist.

Many haredim, like many secular people, do not always agree with the hegemonic narrative of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The desire to play down this difference does not sit well with freedom of speech. The media have the right and the duty to print troubling photos pointing to conflicts that occur on sensitive days like Holocaust Remembrance Day and Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism.

We must not try to prettify reality. Most of the haredim who held barbecues on Sunday evening knew that it was the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. No one in Israel could miss this. Everyone — Arab or Jews, secular or religious, rich or poor, knows this is a remembrance day that unites the entire nation and should be honored.

But those people knowingly chose to demonstrate disrespect for those Holocaust survivors still among us. We don’t have to compare their actions to sacrilege, as did Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger. After all, this national holiday was created by the state, which is no one’s spiritual authority. People are free to go wherever they want on any day they want. Still, if the celebrants examined their own consciences, they might have decided to behave differently.

Voices will emerge saying that these are merely the bad apples of haredi and Orthodox society. But this is disrespectful toward those who oppose the Zionist narrative. The haredi story is not the same as the story of Zionism. It is a story that is opposed in its thought processes to the hegemonic story of the State of Israel. The symptom — Orthodox Jews who barbecue on Holocaust Day — belies a problem that goes deeper than we think. I am not saying this to incite. I am saying this because the reality is that cultures are not identical and we need to be aware of that.

We have to ask hard questions about education in the haredi world and the place of the Holocaust in it. We must not accept the glib theological answers of Orthodox religious education. The heads of the community and the community itself must do some serious soul-searching about how they relate to Holocaust Remembrance Day. If the opposite were to occur and the values of Orthodox Jews were to be treated with public disrespect, this would generate a furor.

Even if people within the haredi community make light of the barbecue, saying it was carried out by those on the margins of haredi society, we must not accept this explanation. We must be revolted by the deep rejection many haredim express towards the most basic values of Jewish society. I am not saying that everyone has to mourn in the same way, but it is important to honor public space. If the rules of that space were to change, then we would reassess our judgment.

There are different ways of rebelling against Israel and its laws. Some people make their act of rebellion political while others rebel more quietly. We must not make light of such disrespectful rebellions. The phenomenon is widespread and needs thorough treatment.

This op-ed was first published on Israel Hayom

 

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