Yom HaShoa Observance
May 3, 2019/28 Nisan 5779
Rabbi Peter W. Stein
Growing up, I attended a small Yiddish cultural school for several years. Aside from the Yiddish language and culture, the emphasis of the program was on Jewish history…and in a way, the primary focus was on creating Jewish pride.
My teacher, who was not only a teacher but a loving mentor to all his students, was a man who was born in a small town called Oshmiany, near Vilnius. He survived the Holocaust by moving east and becoming a fighter. He was what is commonly called a partisan, living and fighting against the Nazis in the forests of Eastern Europe.