Archive for April 20th, 2009

Repost: Dispatches from an American in Israel: Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., a siren will sound throughout the entire country of Israel. Pedestrians will stop in their tracks. Traffic will come to a standstill. Everyone will stand, young and old, religious and secular, feet planted firmly, head bowed in somber and rapt attention.

A nation of nearly 6 million Jews will remember and honor the 6 million who were murdered in the Holocaust.

Yom HaShoah v’HaGvurah, which literally means the Day (of Remembrance) for the Holocaust and for Heroism, began tonight, on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nisan, just one week after the conclusion of Passover. The holiday will conclude tomorrow evening. The date, chosen by the Israeli parliament in 1951, also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

In addition to that haunting siren, Yom HaShoah will also be marked tomorrow at school-wide assemblies across the nation. Remembrance is even an integral part of the TV schedule: For 25 hours, beginning tonight and concluding early tomorrow evening, cable and public stations run only programming that is connected to the Holocaust and World War II. A number of tonight’s talk shows featured interviews with survivors who are now in their late 80s. Most restaurants have also shut their doors, at least for tonight, some even closed as early as 4 p.m. Movie theatres are also closed tonight.

Yom HaShoah is the first of three national (non-religious) holidays in Israel, which fall during the seven-week period between the end of the Passover and the start of Shavuot. Next Tuesday night, April 28, is the intensely somber Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron). The following day, the country will transition from a week of national mourning to a day of total jubilation: Israel’s 61st Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut).

Visit our “Don’t Let the Light Go Out” – A Multimedia Remembrance In Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day – Yom Ha’Shoah

(Updated and reposted)

Did You Know? Countdown to Earth Day 2009 (04/20)

Monday, April 20th, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts & Figures about
Celebrating and
Saving Mother Earth

April 20 : 02 days till Earth Day

Did you know that 100 acres of Amazon Rain Forest are being cut down every minute?

Continued deforestation, combined with global warming, will lead to the irreversible destruction of up to 80% of the rain forest over the next 21 years. The loss of the Amazon will rapidly accelerate global warming in countries as far away as India.

Did you know that one in every four mammals faces the threat of extinction?

The world has so far lost 68 animal species, including the “Dodo” bird, the Tasmanian wolf and the Caspian tiger. In fact, all great cats currently face mortal risk. Less than half a century ago, there were 100,000 tigers roaming our planet; today, fewer than 5,000 are still alive in the wild.

Earth Day is a day to both celebrate the environmental victories of the past and to reflect on the many remaining opportunities for improvement. Whether you celebrate Earth Day by attending a rally, signing a petition or switching to highly efficient light bulbs, make an effort to be mindful of the original vision for this day: to serve as a national learn-in for the sake of the environment.

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(April 20) Tonight we're observing . . .  Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Yom HaShoah (Jewish – Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Commemorating the anniversary of the Allied liberation of the Nazi concentration camp, Buchenwald. Yom Hashoah honors the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

Related article:
Dispatches from an American in Israel: Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

(April 20) Today we're also celebrating . . .  The Sign of Taurus

Monday, April 20th, 2009

April 20th – May 20th. The second sign of the zodiac.

Individuals born under this sign are thought to have a calm, patient, reliable, loyal, affectionate, sensuous, ambitious, and determined character, but one which is also prone to hedonism, laziness, inflexibility, jealousy, and antipathy. In terms of anatomy, Taurus is said to rule the vocal chords, tonsils, palate, throat, neck, ears, and lower jaw. Generally, there is something distinctly sensual about the appearance*

*source: wikipedia - Taurus

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