Obviously it isn’t enough just to say the words “Never Again”, although it is important to say them, but not as empty words. Why say them and not do what you can to keep HaShoah, the Holocaust, from ever happening again?
Facts and details of what led to HaShoah and what happened during the sickening horror are available to anyone caring enough to seek them. We don’t even have to guess about what happened, but have many eyewitness testimonies and historical documents from survivors, fighters. They can be read in a number of languages as well as heard. Holocaust survivors, eyewitnesses to HaShoah, have spoken many times, telling what happened, before, during, and after. Putting themselves through it again emotionally, mentally re-living the terror, so that they can warn us to remember these things they’ve told us, never to forget, to try as much as we possibly can to keep it from ever happening again. We need to listen to them and to know. Why? To honor memories of loved ones and protect loved ones, us, others, now and in the future. So that we know what to look for in order to stop it.
How can we possibly be silent? We should be consistent in speaking up against evil and tyranny, for our loved ones, family, friends, strangers, and also for ourselves. For our freedoms, our obligation to do the right thing to honor our Creator. The guilt from silence when needing to speak up would be a horrible burden. How can we truly claim “Never Again” without purposely noting what happened in the years prior to HaShoah and standing up against the same type of insidious evil now that has infiltrated with the intent to destroy our freedoms and our daily lives? We should never forget, yes, but not stand up to tyranny? Of course we should stand up to tyranny.
So we know these things, how can we ignore them when we see them happening now? Like what things, for instance? —>>>Targeted persecutions against people who have Judeo-Christian beliefs, public ridiculing/shaming, beatings, censorship, being blamed for practically everything, houses of worship denying entrance to individuals, made to wear something to identify yourself so that your rights can be denied to you, freedom of movement being restricted or stolen like attending school, shopping, eating in restaurants, BDS, separating family, attempts at forbiding Torah/Tanakh/Bible beliefs and prayer, forbidding to gather together to worship the Creator as we believe we should, bullying, attempts at confiscating citizens’ weapons as a means of defense, depopulation efforts (murder), neighbor turning in neighbors, book burning, coerced or forced medical experiments and procedures, threats, small businesses being attacked, looted, burned, broken glass (never forget Kristallnacht), thefts, violence, kidnappings, murder, brainwashing, perversion immorality. The evil that advocates and pursues those things hates all of us. They hate everyone, Jew or Gentile, who opposes them.
Just as HaShoah didn’t happen overnight, the
nazis didn’t suddenly change and stop being evil when World War II was over. Having murdered Jews and Gentiles, the nazis continued to slither into other countries, fortified and aided by some of their own evil thinkers already there – fifth columnists embedded in places that should know better.
As I listened to wise people, read books, and watched movies about HaShoah, I understood that it isn’t enough to know that we don’t ever want it to happen again, but to see what led to it happening so that we can be on the lookout for those same things. We are to be vigilant to keep it from happening again. So we listen, read, research, and observe, so that when we see an attack coming, we can shout it from our post to watch out, beware, and to stop it.
Protecting people and looking out for each other is something that is so vital and requires much prayer as well as vigilance. Male or female, any age, help all. I’ve always tried to speak up for little children, including when I was little. Everyone’s voice counts. We all need to stand up for one another and together fight the evil that hurts little children.
No is an important word. In Hebrew, the word is lo לא. Never in Hebrew is לעולם לא.
We can speak up and stand up BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!! SO THAT WE CAN SHOUT “NEVER AGAIN MEANS NEVER AGAIN!” No never לעולם לא to being herded onto trains to concentration/re-education/internment, etc. camps, no לעולם לא to being verboten to go to shul, no לעולם לא to being used in medical or social experiments, no לעולם לא to being forcibly or unknowingly sterilized, no לעולם לא to being barred from learning, no לעולם לא to infringement of Biblical rights and destruction of beliefs, no לעולם לא to seperation of families, no לעולם לא to confiscation of weapons, no לעולם לא to human trafficking, no לעולם לא to indoctrination of students, no לעולם לא to murder of our elders, no לעולם לא to the murder of deaf or blind, no לעולם לא to ending free speech, no לעולם לא to cease speaking Hebrew, say no לעולם לא to tattoo/barcode/implanted microchips, no לעולם לא to anything evil, no לעולם לא to being erased and annihilated. And no לעולם לא to disobeying our Creator or not praising Him.
There are things that I hear about that make my very soul yell out NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I cry deep in my heart as I pray for these horrors to be stopped.
Little children being terrified and/or hurt. I pray for each one.
Little babies murdered.
Chassidic/Orthodox/Haredi Jews being falsely blamed and targeted for attacks physically and spiritually. And I pray for my Jewish people – my heart doesn’t divide into this Jewish group who believes this or this Jewish group who believes something else. All Jews for decency and what is right need to stand together along with all Gentiles for decency and what is right.
Freedom fighters in Hong Kong boarded onto buses headed for “re-education camps”. And I pray for them.
Muslim Uyghurs forced to be slaves to make products for spoiled people around the world. And I pray for them.
Christian families, any nationality or skin color, around the world tortured. And I pray for them.
Nigerian school children kidnapped. And I pray for them.
A person who cares about freedom doesn’t have to be a member of a particular synagogue or church that is being attacked. We don’t have to be a citizen of a country where atrocities are taking place. All that is necessary to speak up is to care about fellow humans. Are you awake? You don’t have to stand alone. We Stand Together. I will not be silent. Todah Rabah (Thank You Very Much) to All who Have Been and Are Standing Up and Speaking Up!
I listen, read, to honor and also never forget all of the good people who fight and are fighting against forms of oppression. Knowledge is power. Prayer even more powerful. ישוע
People try to guess what they would do in various situations. Do you wonder what you would have done back in the years leading to HaShoah? What are you doing now? Anything you want to change? Please speak up in person, online, in support of standing together against tyranny, against evil. Most of all, trust the Creator, pray, and fear not. Don’t be afraid of paid propagandists or ai bots or evil people who hate you. God loves you. Be brave and faithful.
~ Chaya חיה 🇮🇱 🇺🇸 🇮🇱