Rabbi Lippman stated, “What has occurred now is similar to days of old. All that happened to the forefathers happened to their descendants.”
Though the Twentieth of Sivan is not currently observed in most communities, it is still an appropriate time to remember all the victims of persecution from France to Eastern Europe. The memory of their martyrdom may have diminished, overshadowed by the passage of time and the enormity of the Holocaust, but they perished because they were Jews.
The Twentieth of Sivan provides us an opportunity to pay homage to their memory.
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