Man’s Inhumanity to Man

Inside Yad Vashem

Inside Yad Vashem


Ever since Eden, people have had problems with each other. From Cain to Satlin, people have murdered to rid themselves of distasteful relationships. Today this evil was face to face with our tour group as we looked through the displays of Yad Vashem, the Jewish Holocaust Memorial here in Israel.
Memorial to the 1,500,000 children killed in the holocaust

Memorial to the 1,500,000 children killed in the holocaust


The first thing that strikes you about this memorial is it’s unusual design. It’s like a large concrete tunnel, only it is shaped like a triangle. The exibits criss-cross back and forth throughout the tunnel. The displays are well done and include a number of visiual and auditory presentations. I have even included a rare photo from inside the memorial, as picture taking is not permitted, a fact I was reminded of after I snapped this photo.
Samuel reads at the Tomb of Samuel the prophet

Samuel reads at the Tomb of Samuel the prophet


The holocaust was a time of unprecedented wickedness and horror perpetrated on the Jewish people for simply being Jewish. Hitler’s genocide was not stopped until he had murdered 6,000,000 Jews (1/3 of the world populaion of Jews). This overhwleming statistic greets you with blantancy when you tour the memorial. Truthfully, it is an emotionally overwhelming place. But, you must go there. In order to ensure that no one ever forgets, and as an antidote against allowing it to happen again, you are drawn to Yad Vashem. Tears flowed down our faces, and we were strangely quiet wile we were there.

Samuel in a sychamore tree (he is a wee little man!)

Samuel in a sychamore tree (he is a wee little man!)

As our guide Reuven said – it must never happen again…yet one needs only to look to Israel’s neighbors to the North, Ahmadinejad among them, to see the scepter of Jewish genocide happening all over again. Will we ever learn?

Just the reminder we all need - from the Garden Tomb

Just the reminder we all need - from the Garden Tomb

One more blog from Israel and I’ll be home. I have enjoyed the trip immensely, but I long for the familiar joys of family and friends. I can’t wait to see you all again soon.

By the way, Happy 4th birthday Noah!

Herb the Pastor
From Jerusalem
11:45pm, March 18

1 thought on “Man’s Inhumanity to Man

  1. One last comment. Thank you so much for these blogs. It is truly a gift for us to be able to share this adventure with you through this sight. I’m sure there were times when you just wanted to crawl in bed after a long day of touring, but you took the time to share your day with us. I can tell you that I’ve looked forwad to reading them each and every day.
    (p.s. John and Dorothy are so funny)

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