Protecting Love, Making Holy Noise & Living “Never Again”

My 2019/5780 Yom Kippur Sermon This past summer, Cheryl, the kids and I traveled from Israel to Poland where we visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, our first time visiting concentration camps. Some of you have been – including some of our teens who went on the March of the Living. To those of you who’ve been, I never fully understood why, upon your return, very few of you were able to put into words what you experienced – that was until I stood in Auschwitz-Birkenau in July. There’s nothing there that can be described with words. As the late Eli Wiesel said: “it cannot be communicated, it is unexplainable. To me,” Wiesel stated, the Holocaust and everything surrounding it “is a mystical event. I have the feeling almost of sin,” he said, “when I speak about it.” In Wiesel’s book Night, Eliezer, the narrator and a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau, teaches us that the…