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Oh, happy day...

I think the Boston Herald needs to hire a couple of Jews.

Yesterday was Yom Hashoah, the day when Jews commemorate the genocide of the Holocaust, the systemic attempt to eliminate all Jews by the Nazis that led to the deaths of at least six million Jews.

It's a solemn event, filled with bitter remembrances and resolves to never let it happen again. It's an unhappy time, with the silver lining being that -- as so much of Jewish history revolves around -- the effort to wipe out the Jews failed. (I once read that every Jewish holiday can be distilled into nine simple, one-syllable words: "They tried to kill us. They failed. Let's eat!")

It's the official day for the Jews to observe this, but it's something we should all note and remember as a black mark on human history.

If the Herald had at least one Jew on the editorial staff, then maybe -- just maybe -- they'd know that Yom Hashoah is absolutely nothing to "celebrate."

Oy, vey.


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Ever Again!========<... (Below threshold)
kim:

Ever Again!
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Without any Sons of David l... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Without any Sons of David left, there could not be a Jewish Messiah, so the fact that the holocaust failed as the Final Solution, IS good news.

You're right though. I think the Globe meant "whoopee!".

It reminds me of the FBI's "expert" interpretation of David Koresh's 7 Seals as seven "arf! arf!" seals, instead of wax ones used to SEAL royal documents. Ugh.

To be fair, the word "celeb... (Below threshold)
mantis:

To be fair, the word "celebrate" does not necessarily denote a happy occasion. The latin root roughly translates as "to honor" or "solemnize" in great numbers. Such a meaning would be entirely appropriate for Yom Hashoah.

To today's ears, however, we do tend to attach a more joyous meaning to the word, and use words such as "observe" and "commemorate" for more solemn occasions. What the Herald writer had in mind, I have no idea.

To quote them<blockq... (Below threshold)
Sabba Hillel:

To quote them


Also included in the celebration was the presentation of the title of "Rightous Among the Nations."
The families of the late Alexandra Dagarova-Noim, Danielius Zilevicius, Ona Zileviciene and Adolfina Zileviciene were presented with the honor, which is bestowed upon those who saved the lives of other Jews during the Holocaust.
The title has previously been awarded to notable Jewish figures Oskar Schindler and Chinue Sugihara.


If someone had bothered to proofread the sentence they would have caught the mistake shown in bold. After all shouldn't a reporter for the Boston Herald at least remember the movie Schindler's List

Sabba Hillel, And ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Sabba Hillel,

And that type went across at least three sets of eyes before publication. Maybe many, many more.
J school grads...

My local paper consistantly mis-identifies photographs of public figures and puts "Linda Chavez" under any number of African faces (never white). About three times a year since the Reagan years. It's true! I'm collecting the next one. (I'd have had a cool web page by now.)

Well what do you know, it P... (Below threshold)
Sal Manilla:

Well what do you know, it Patriots Day in Massachusetts. How 'bout that? Too bad it isn't a national holiday.

Well, bD, his name certainl... (Below threshold)
kim:

Well, bD, his name certainly sounds Jewish. Isn't that good enough to start pigeonholing?
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