Next Sunday, January 25th, sees the beginning of the worldwide "70 Days for 70 Years" project, marking the 70 anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
The project, which culminates on Seder night, seeks to engage hundreds of thousands of Jews in an uplifting, educational memorial programme. Participants receive a copy of a specially published book containing 70 inspirational essays written by internationally renowned educators and historians, to be read one essay per day. Additionally, participants will receive a memorial card giving the details of one victim of the Holocaust, in whose memory they will learn. These details are provided by Yad Vashem's Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names.
PaL, the national kiruv organisation in which mentors and pupils learn together over the phone, is promoting this project for its members. The pairs can study the essays together in their weekly sessions or, alternatively, focus on one of the booklet's seven strands: Jewish history, Torah and the Modern World, Philosophy and Chagim, Holocaust and Rebirth, Living the Tanach, Living Judaism, and stories about the Holocaust.
PaL has sent a short video to its members, explaining what the project is about. Notable among those appearing is Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who eloquently expresses the raison d'etre of the project. There is, he said, a danger that, in years to come, all those Holocaust victims could become mere statistics. "Now is the time to make sure the world doesn't forget... Remember the past to build the future."
PaL (Phone and Learn) is a division of Partners in Torah, USA - a project of Torah U'Mesorah.