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September 17th, 2010
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My Faith: Yom Kippur 1945, in a camp for Holocaust survivors

Stanley Abramovitch (seated, second from right) with American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee staff at a German displaced persons camp circa 1945.

Editor's Note: Stanley Abramovitch was born in Poland and lost his mother and two brothers in the Holocaust. He worked for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for 63 years before retiring in 2008 and continues to consult for the group.

By Stanley Abramovitch, Special to CNN

In October 1945, I spent Yom Kippur in the displaced persons camp in Landsberg in Bavaria, Germany, as the representative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), working with displaced persons.

The liberated Jews who had been imprisoned in the nearby Dachau concentration camp, as well as those who had been forced to work in ammunition and other factories in Bavaria, were gathered into Landsberg and nearby Feldafing camps. Many Jews from other concentration camps had been forced-marched to this part of Germany, where the U.S. Army liberated them.

In Landsberg there was a spacious German Army barracks confiscated by the U.S. Army, in which some of the liberated Jews were housed. Basic food and medical care were provided by the Army, supplemented by assistance from JDC.

The Jews elected a committee which assumed responsibility for the internal administration of the camp. Synagogues were organized for the high holidays by different groups, often on the basis of the origin of the participants. There was a synagogue for Jews from Poland, another for Hungarian and Lithuanian Jews.

Smaller groups - Hasidic Jews or those from Marmarosh, an area on the border of Rumania spilling into Hungary and Slovakia - had their own places of prayer.

I attended morning services in the synagogue for Polish Jews. The prayers were charged with emotion, very moving, very painful. The tears shed came from the depths of their hearts, mourning those who were lost, murdered in the camps. It was rare to find among those present individuals whose siblings or more distant family members had survived.

The older generation was almost not there. They were the first victims, since they lacked the physical strength to withstand the horrors of the camps. Few children survived. They, too, succumbed quickly. The survivors prayed, remembered, wept and found a little comfort in those tears.

After morning prayers, I decided to visit other synagogues and spend some time with other groups. I left the synagogue and walked across the half empty streets. There were many people who remained in the street and refused to attend services. They were angry at G-d.

Among them were formerly religious Jews who could not accept the apparent indifference of G-d to the suffering; the torture, and the tragedy they had both witnessed and experienced in their homes and in the camps.

They could not reconcile their former beliefs and convictions of an All-Merciful, Almighty Divine Being, with the catastrophe that had struck their communities. They would not pray. When they heard the recitation of the Kaddish, the special prayer of mourners expressing praise of the Lord, they reacted angrily that G-d did not deserve the Kaddish.

They were broken in spirit. They could not reconcile recent events to which they were witnesses with the contents of the Hebrew prayers.

These Jews roamed the streets. They wanted to express their anger, to show G-d that they defied Him, as he seemed to have abandoned them. Some ate their food on the fast day publicly in the streets, as a gesture of defiance – of revolt.

In one of the streets, I saw a large group of people standing in a circle. I approached nearer to find out what was going on.

In the middle of the circle stood a seven-year-old girl, embarrassed, perplexed. She could not understand why all these people stood around her.

She, of course, could not know that they were surprised to find a Jewish child. So they stood, silently, and just looked at this miracle of a Jewish child in their midst. They could not tear themselves away from this one child who said nothing and to whom nothing was said. They just stood and gaped.

A special prayer is normally recited on Yom Kippur for the departed members of one's family. It's called Yizkor, the memorial prayer.

As those people looked at the little girl, they remembered their own children, or their younger brothers and sisters, the nephews and nieces who at one time were their pride and joy, and who were no more. Each one of them looked and remembered, recalled the beloved children who were cruelly exterminated.

As they remembered, they recited without any words the Yizkor for all those who once were part of their lives and now were gone forever. This was a silent, most moving Yizkor, without words, without prayer books, recited in that street in Landsberg, by a group of Jewish survivors, watching a bewildered little Jewish girl.

It was the most moving, most eloquent, most heartfelt, most silent Yizkor I have ever heard.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stanley Abramovitch.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Holidays • Holocaust • Judaism • Opinion

soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Byrd Man

    There will never be an agreement on religion and politics. Feel free to keep arguing because it's fun to read!

    September 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  2. thies

    One of the more interesting questions this articles raises is: "where was your god?" as per Occam's Razor the answer should be obvious.

    September 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  3. Wake Forest

    For some reason I heard violins the whole time I was reading this.

    September 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
    • Bowerbird

      Violins playing or the devil fiddling?

      September 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
    • TopangaRose

      "...on his death bed, my grandfather...SOLD me this violin..."

      .from My Masochistic Bubbie.
      "Since she upped and left me. i've got nothing to hit but the wall...nothing to belt but my pants"

      September 20, 2010 at 12:47 am |
  4. Tom

    I find it unbelievable what crappy, evil, nonsensical comments I find here.

    September 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
    • Kilted

      It is unfortunate but it remains that if you expect the worst from people you will rarely be disappointed. Hatred is easier than tolerance, fear is easier than understanding, violence is easier than diplomacy. Most people would rather stick to the easy, ugly things they know already and think they comprehend rather than work for the difficult, beautiful things that frighten them by their unfamiliarity.

      September 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
    • Dawna

      Kilted – well said, and thank you for sharing your views.
      I'm a firm believer that there's not a single group of people – by race, culture, religion, age, gender, etc – that has done EVERYTHING right and NOTHING wrong. The problems we suffer as a society are a collective problem, not a single persons/groups fault. Why point fingers and retaliate? Sadly, because just like you said – it's easier.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  5. Gabriel

    the problem that has plagued humans since the birth of religion is that religion has suppressed critical thinking .
    the Bible God the Koran God, etc.. is apparently a tribal God that takes care mostly of his own tribe, belief in God generically speaking in any religion makes religious people elitist . If any supreme being is needed to explain the creation of the universe , infinite wisdom needs to be part of this equation , and if it is , the bible , the koran or any other books claiming to be the word of God , are far from infinite wisdom. Between the dogmas, the hypocrisy, the elitism, of these books , they are clearly written by men who may have had some spirituality , but obviously were still missing knowledge, wisdom and tolerance.
    "he who asks the question is a fool for 5mn,he who deosnt not remains a fool."Chines proverb
    " he who has a why ca endure an how" Nietsche.
    " sometimes questions are more important than answers".
    Religions will try to tell you wich questions are ok, forgettting that the great men like Moses, Jesus or Mohamed, questioned all .

    Gmar hatima Tova, happy new year from a traditionally inclined jew.

    September 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
    • mSalama

      Contrary to what you, and most people obviously, think, religion and science (or logical thinking in general) do not have to be contradictory!
      The first word in the Quran was "Iqraa" which translates into "Read". This means that Allah (God) wants us to read and learn, not only the Quran itself (or any other holy book), but more generally to observe and study his creation in the universe around us and in our own selves as indicated in many other verses in the Quran: "We shall show them Our portents on the horizons and within themselves until it will be manifest unto them that it is the Truth" (41:53).
      The Quran even states clearly that the ones who fear God the most are the scientests or the most knowlegable.
      What's wrong however is to think that we can explain God himslef using our logical thinking and sceince! The wiser of us will tell you that the more we learn abnout ourselves and the universe, the more we realize that what we know is still so little compared to what we don't yet know. If we still do not fully understand how our own minds work (among so many other things within our own selves), how can we be so arrogant and say that "the sceintific account is complete" and assume we can explain God and everything else with our own minds and what we know today!

      September 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  6. Sam

    I have a question for all the so-called moderate and peaceful moslems: WHERE ARE YOU? WHY ARE YOU SO QUIET? WHY DO YOU NOT CONDEMN THE RADICALS? When I see that, I will beleive you are a peace loving good people. In the meantime, your silence is deafening and chilling. That your goal is really infiltrate the west and take out the christians and jews. Speak up loudly – PLEASE!

    September 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
    • stanley

      Great question Sam....so now I ask it to you...why are the Jews so quiet about Zionism...where are all the Jewish voices screaming about Zionism??!!..We hear much about the Holocaust and how muslims are so evil but isn't Zionism evil...Isn't Judiasm itself based on the belief that you are chosen...seems kinda racist to me to found a religion on such a childish concept

      September 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
    • thies

      " WHERE ARE YOU? WHY ARE YOU SO QUIET? WHY DO YOU NOT CONDEMN THE RADICALS?"

      with muslims a small minority in the US, likely living in fear seeing arson at mosque sites or the stabbing of the muslim taxi driver in NY recently and above all the 24/7 news media not selling advertisements for boring nice news – how much effort have you put into listening to muslims beyond looking at the news?

      September 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
    • MashaSobaka

      Any time a story about peaceful, moderate Muslims comes up, there are a few hundred morons like you screaming that theirs is not the true face of Islam. If Muslims condemn the actions of terrorists they are called conspirators and liars; if they stay silent, they are called terrorists themselves.

      Out of curiosity, how much public condemnation have you engaged in? It's not the sole responsibility of Muslims to speak out against terrorism, you know. It's a human issue, and every human being is responsible for it. So until YOU march for freedom on a daily basis and dedicate YOUR life to serving the greater good, don't go blaming someone else for not doing your job for you. Idiot.

      September 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
  7. me

    It's amazing how the human spirit can conquer almost anything– thank you for this story– I will be thankful for all that I have today especially my children......

    September 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  8. Charlene

    Sad thing is if rightest Bush or leftist Obama said lets lock up the Jews, half of all Americans and Born Agains would volunteer to help. Most of Europe would volunteer also! Sadly its the native asians and africans to seem to have the most tolerance, despite being treated like animals by Europe and the US!

    September 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
    • Moneypenny

      Most Americans worship Jews. They'd see their own children die before turning on the Chosen.

      As for the US and Europe treating non-whites like "animals"– last I checked, European and American whites were busy turning over their nations to these "animals," and patting themselves on the backs for doing it.

      September 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
    • stanley

      I sooooo agree with you Charlene..but there is a reason for that and it's lack of education and religion..those people that you mentioned are usually christian and believe that Jesus..a jew came to save them...the entire bible was written by the jews and for the jews..christianity is a farce..but so are all religions!!

      September 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  9. ron

    here we are 55 years later and not much has changed,there are brutal regimes in the middle east,africa and other places in
    the world where people live in fear, disappear during the night and are tortured and killed.The ovens are gone but man is still
    as cruel as ever.What a shame no one learns from history

    September 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
    • Charlene

      amen. so sad but so true

      September 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  10. Loretto

    You messiah believers past or present have it so wrong. Nothing improved last time there was a messiah. Things got worse right? Doesnt sound "saved" to me. Nothing to improve upon this time. My favorite myth is the one where the next messiah takes his "chosen" and basically kills us removing everyone from the world. I dont get it. I say alive is better then dead. No? Wake up folks. The Buddhists are right. Live sucks and this is it! Make the most of it and try to be nice in the meantime!

    September 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
    • stanley

      Finally a voice of reason....bravo Loretto!!...if more people thought this way maybe we could actually have peace on Earth....I absolutely ABHOR RELIGION!!!

      September 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
    • Edgar

      Nothings improved since the last time? You must be blind. Let's take a look at how it was in the Pax Romana, or even under the Caliphates? Better yet, lets look at the city/states of yore, or even the Phoenician empire. How some one easily forgets how far we have come, since one guy took the blame for everyone. Now lets see what we got now. Oh wait. The idea to put to reason what we have, and how else should behave with others who disagree with ourselves. The "Golden Rule". Eh? May YHWH open your blind souls eyes.

      September 17, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  11. Semirhage

    Powerful!

    September 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  12. Sammael

    Very moving ... got the chills just from reading it ... best thing I have read on CNN in a while ....

    September 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  13. Loretto

    So what has changed? Nothing! One religion thinks its ok to fly planes into buildings and build their own building on the ashes of our dead. Shiites kill sunnis. Protestants and Catholics still hate each other and no one trusts anyone! Getting tired of hearing about a loving merciful god who seems to be an absentee landlord! I say Rent Strike til he/she shows up. We all still distrust anyone different. I believe there is no race, religion creed or culture not willing to accept the rest! Sad sad sad.

    September 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
    • Edgar

      Heh. That's funny. Odd that you should say that. Yehushua said that the Lord is like unto a King who is gone to other lands that he owns. His return will be in fact like a Thunder storm the world has never seen before.

      September 17, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  14. Joseph

    H""M will redeem us soon. Moshiach now!

    September 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
    • Mike

      Next year in Jerusalem!!!!

      September 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  15. f. scotto

    The Natzis were all Christians and Catholics. The Jews only crime was that they did not accept Christ as the Son od G-d.
    For this, they were also banished from Spain and subjected to the Inquisition. It was either convert or leave, or stay and die.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
    • Nile

      The Nazis' treatment of Jews was not religion-based, but grew out of a struggle between competing groups.

      You may reject this interpretation, but the Nazis viewed Jews as a major contributor, if not the main factor, in the decadence and corruption of the Weimar era.

      September 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
    • Mickey

      Nazi's were not Catholics, in fact many Catholics were also imprizoned and killed in the camps. Members of my own family were killed in the camps because they were Catholics. So remember, Judge not lest ye be Judged.

      September 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
    • David in Seattle

      This premise is totally incorrect. Even if a Jew converted and accepted Christ in Germany, it didn't matter. Furthermore it wasn't because the Jews were anti-German. Many Jews were even officers in the Germany army during WW2. It wasn't because there had been bad blood betwen Jews and Germans in history - like the Armenians and the Turks It was simply finding a scapegoat for the econonmic crises of the time and the humiliation Germany suffered after WWI. I worry that the same thing is happening in the US today. The illegal aliens, liberals, etc. are the cause of problems today.

      September 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
    • David in Seattle

      Obviously I meant officers in WWI.

      September 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
    • SDCyclist

      The Catholic Church, at the highest levels, helped the remaining Nazi's escape Europe immediately following the war. They were secretly transported to ships in Genoa, Italy and then went to South America (Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil). And that's not all they did to help the Nazi's. Hitler had a "hotline" to the Papacy. As typical throughout history, the Catholic Church played a pivotal and important role in the deaths of millions, the destruction of entire nations, and the genesis of the evil they have spread and represent throughout the world. I'm an ex-Catholic. I was forced into the religion as a child. When learning about the church at a VERY young age, I remember thinking, "Ummm... that's just wrong." I had that same thought thousands of times. There's something very wrong about an entire religion bent on the destruction of so many other not like them. The whole church is built upon the premise of "converting the masses." It's a cult just like ALL religions.

      September 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
    • stanley

      Really...and killing women and children because of your so called god gave you some so called promised land was not right...asking a black person why blacks are good in sports is not racist but ask a Jew why they are good in banking or deserve certain peices of property in the middle east and you are antisemetic...why are jews so sensitive

      September 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
  16. Islam_religion_of_terror

    All these nations who wanted to destroy the Jewish people are gone, ...Pharaon, . Hamalek, Empire Romain SS-Nazi,, they all gone, ...but the Jew and the state of istrael will survive for ever and ever.
    Thanks you God. comming soon Iran/Hamas/Hexbola....IDF will take care of them soon..

    September 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
    • Stranger

      The IDF had their asses handed to them in 2006, despite endless Zio-propaganda to the contrary.

      Air power was their only true advantage. Even in electronic intelligence, supposedly one of Izzy's strong points, Nasrallah and Co. came out on top. Oh, glory day!

      September 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
    • Liam

      Israel.... the "State"? Oh,.... sorry.... I forgot that some divine blah blah nonsense told them that it was their "promised" land. Ya know, if all that crap were true Moses would have parted the Atlantic freakin' ocean and led them all to, and I understand that it's a bit of a hike and Hoverrounds weren't invented yet as gated community buses weren't but, to New Jersey. Best crop soil anywhere. I mean.... it would have been a short cut and have saved a lot of time considering how many of 'em ended up in New York. Who Knew!?

      September 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
    • Umar

      If it were not for Islam, all the Jews would've been killed or enslaved by the Byzantines, the Crusaders, or the Inquisitors. Cut the bull about the Jews being undefeated, they wouldn't have been able to do it unless they made alliances. The Afghans also claim to the undefeated.

      September 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
    • stanley

      You my friend are definitely a ZIONIST....IDF...lol

      September 17, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  17. Lisa

    The Holocaust was a saddned time in the lives of many those who were affected and those who werent will always share that same kind of pain. to the one who read in history books could never how such a thing could happened many groups of people who were only different because they had different religious beliefs. The holocaust has stood the test of time in everyone'e eyes. The memories will never fade and those to who were lost will never be forgotten.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  18. Deb

    To Stanley Abramovitch, the author, we will never forget. G'mar Chatima Tova.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
    • JGirl5771

      Thank you for sharing this experience. Gmar Chatima Tova.

      September 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  19. Reality

    Ahmed, Ahmed, Ahmed,

    Obviously you have not read the following Five Steps to Freedom From 1400 Years of Islamic Terror and Horror:

    o Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
    alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave attended to by his wives before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Accept these five "cleansers" and we guarantee a complete recovery from the shackles of Islam!!!!

    Similar programs are available for saving Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and Pagans from the shackles of their religions.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
    • RDS

      You sir probably havent read the whole BIBLE!. Your Christian God is the same as the Jewish and Islamic God. If fact he/she/it is the same. In the old testament he orders his chosen people to slaughter and loot the original inhabitants of the so called holy land. Of course these people happen to be conveniently evil. Perhaps this is why the white christian man was inspired to commit genocide on the natives of Asia, Austrlia, Africa, and America (manifest destiny ring a bell ??). White christian terror and horror is second to none..

      September 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
    • Loretto

      #6 – and by the way – kill anyone different and stone your women and fly planes into buildings because all human life has no value. What a loving peaceful religion!!! So sad!

      September 17, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
    • Reality

      RDS,

      A summary of our and probably your War on Terror, Horror and Aggression (for new members only):

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed as of 8/10/2010 mostly due the Shiite and Sunni suicide bombers.

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – Libya has become almost civil. Recently Libya agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the victims of their terrorist activities. Apparently this new reality from an Islamic country has upset OBL and his “cra-zies” as they have thre-atened Libya. OBL sure is a di-sgrace to the world especially the Moslem world!!! Or is he???

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – Bin La-d-en has been cornered under a rock in Western Pakistan since 9/11.

      – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols will follow soon.

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      – And of course the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      September 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
    • SDCyclist

      Right on, Reality. Thanks for making a point and informing as well. Loved this comment and the second one even more. When everything is laid out in clear, factual, and realistic way it's all very clear. So many people filter events through the religious lens. That's so awful. I wish I lived in a world where religion didn't exist. That's just my opinion...

      What's up with all the dashes in what you wrote?? And why do people write "God" as "G-d"? Event the author of the article did that. If it's for a religious reason ("don't take the name of the lord in vain") I think that's just silly. It's akin to Harry Potter and not speaking the name of Voldamort. Silly religious people...

      September 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
    • ImNotDeadYet

      Its G*d. Not G-d.

      September 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
    • Reality

      SDC,

      The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comment in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like Hitt-ite, t-itle, beati-tude, practi-tioner and const-tution. Then there words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate or doc-ument. You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, I typically add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge "of-fensive".

      More than one web address will also activate “waiting for moderation”. Make sure the web address does not have any forbidden word or fragment.

      September 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
  20. Lois

    Ahmad.... Christianity does not consist of willy nilly morality..... it does consist of forgiveness however, Jesus gave us two commandments, and all others fall beneath them.... 1) love God with all your heart, mind, body and soul 2) love your neighbor as you love yourself... many who call themselves Christians do not understand Christ's teachings, as many who proclaim to be Muslem do not understand the Koran and use it to hurt others (and in doing so hurt themselves... ) fanatics of all kinds are very dangerous.... and believing that G-d gives one the command to kill others is wrong. This story is a beautiful one of a Jewish people overcoming the most horrendous of experiences, how you can make light of it is disturbing to say the least.... perhaps you should take your quiz? Be well....

    September 17, 2010 at 8:27 am |
    • Ahmad Hosein

      christian pop quiz 2
      – when christians take up arms to fight (wage jihad) against the fascism they themselves create, are they being christians or are they being muslims?

      September 17, 2010 at 9:20 am |
    • pete

      fascism? Please state the facts that show we are a fascist state.

      September 17, 2010 at 9:58 am |
    • Geez

      When did Christian become a political party?

      September 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
    • Jeff B.

      Sorry, Lois (First comment), but Jesus authored NEITHER of those quotes. The first quote is in the Torah, the second, from Bait Shamai...both predating Jesus' life.
      Lastly, Jesus had no authority to issue "commandments" of any kind.

      September 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
    • Liam

      Kook.

      September 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
    • ImNotDeadYet

      Pop quiz: Hitler wasn't a Christian

      September 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
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