Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is a somewhat new holiday–it was adopted by the Israeli Knesset (parliament) in 1953 to commemorate the lives lost in the Holocaust. In Israel, a siren is sounded across the country and everything stops–cars, buses, factories. People stand in silent remembrance for a minute, and then continue with their day.
Though we often try to shield our children from tough topics, we can’t always prevent them from hearing things. So if your child comes home and asks you about the Holocaust, here’s our advice on how best to answer their questions. And maybe by answering them with kindness, love, and truth, we can help pave the way to a world that is free of all holocausts.