Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, the great 12th century Jewish sage known to most people as Maimonides, composed the best articulation of Jewish belief in his Shloshah Asar Ikarim; the 13 Attributes. It has become customary to recite a poetic version of the Attributes every day after morning prayers with each statement of belief beginning “ani ma’amin;” “I believe.” Over the centuries, many people have set the Ani Ma’amin to music, especially the 12th Attribute espousing belief in the coming of Messianic redemption.
One such person, so the story goes, was Reb Azriel David – a Polish Jew and member of the Modzitzer Hasidim Jewish community. On a cattle car to the Nazi death camp of Treblinka with his family, friends, and neighbors, Reb David sang the 12th Attribute of the Ani Ma’amin.
“Ani ma’amin b’emunah sh’leimah b’viat hamashiach. V’af al pi sh’yitmameah, im kol zeh achakeh lo. B’chol yom sheyavo.”
“I believe with perfect faith in the coming of…
The full story of 12-year-old Jewish twins Boris and Michael is unknown. When they were five years old, they were found in Moscow, Russia, in a bad physical and mental state and brought to a 4Zion-sponsored Children’s Home.
Shortly after, the boys asked their mother to visit them. When she arrived and heard of their desire to stay there, she quickly left without even saying goodbye. She did not even leave them with a change of clothing.
The boy’s father is unknown. The mother has a habit of constantly changing her spouse, her job, her city, and her phone number. It is extremely difficult to reach her, so the boys are rarely in touch with her.
This year, Boris and Michael were surprised by a visit from Sergei, a brother they didn’t even know they had. The staff at the Children’s Home hopes that Sergei will join his twin brothers there.
In commemoration of Yom Ha’Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we’ve published an excerpt of Facing the Challenges of the Holocaust below. You can find the entire chapter here.
The Holocaust, a term taken from the burnt sacrifice that was offered in the temple and that was totally consumed, refers to the systematic slaughter of six million Jews by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis during the period of World War II. Jews at times refer to it as the Shoah, meaning “terrible catastrophe.”
Until recently, there was widespread ignorance and misunderstanding among Americans about the Holocaust. Studies reveal that even those school children who were familiar with the term often were unaware of what it referred to. Some even believed…
In 1986, a former soldier who served in the German Army – the Wehrmacht – during WWII checked himself into an old age home where he revealed a secret that had remained hidden since 1941. A few months prior to his death, Hanns Johst released the negatives to 160 pictures he took with his camera in the Warsaw Ghetto on September 19, 1941. These pictures shed light on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Jews living and dying inside the ghetto, while offering a glimpse into the hate-filled mind of an ordinary soldier serving the Wehrmacht.
Johst claimed the pictures were taken on a camera which…
As we approach Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, this coming Sunday (April 7), we remember those that suffered, those that fought, and the millions of Jews and other victims who were brutally and systematically murdered by the Nazis.
Learn more about the Holocaust, read survivor stories, and discover what 4Zion and The Fellowship are doing to help impoverished survivors today on our Holocaust Remembrance Day resources page.
As we remember the six million Jews who were killed, let us join the survivors in saying “We will never forget.”