Why davka do we commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day this week?
Why was the date of Holocaust and Heroism Day chosen on its date? Why not by the date of Kristallnacht, the Wannsee Conference, the end of the World War, or International Holocaust Day marked on the day the Auschwitz camp was liberated? The 27th Nissan was used before the establishment of the state as a memorial day in the Jewish community in the Land of Israel, commemorating the victims of the hostilities in I
The first mitzvah that the Israelites are commanded to do as a nation is the commandment to sanctify the month. We received this commandment in Egypt even before the revelation at Mount Sinai: "This month shall be to you the head of the months; to you it shall be the first of the months of the year."
The word "month" from the root of חדש shows constant renewal, the moon is filling up, and is renewed. Still, it is somewhat paradoxical to claim that a star moving in a circular