Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Inter Religious Dialogue - extending good from bad

Extending the good for the all must certainly include persons of various religious perspectives becoming aware of one another.

It must also include the fact of religious persons sharing with one another that we all want to overcome hardship and pain, destruction and violence - in order to extend a generic (but important) truism known as the Golden Rule - that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

Too many persons who claim to be Christian in history - and in the middle of the 20th Century in Europe - perpetuated great harm, hurt, and violence upon the Jew(s). 

It was a privilege this past week to be a participant (again) in the Oklahoma City Jewish Federation's Yom HaShoah Service.  (Yom HaShoah translates literally - the Day of The Calamity - is a memorial event for what most call the Holocaust - the nuance of terms is important and I believe we will shift over the forthcoming decades to the better term, Shoah, for what has been called The Holocaust.  An appropriate link is HERE for explanation.)

As part of some work I have done with the Directors of and Curators of the Green Collection - I was able to be a liason between the Green Family Collection - and the local Jewish Federation of OKC - to let the Federation use a damaged Torah Scroll - burned in a Polish synagogue during the Shoah. 

Remembering our shared past is an important way to move toward a better future.

This was an important Civic event - and I was delighted to be with other persons who have been connected to other Eupan Global Initiative events!  In attached pictures, you can see me holding the "shield" or "breastplate" - and its damage - as I was translating for family after the event.

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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