“Light A Candle, Preserve A Memory”
Web site: http://www.yellowcandles.org.
As Jews, it is our tradition to honor the memory of deceased family members by lighting a candle on the annual (Yahrzeit) date of their passing.
From 1938 to 1945, six million Jews – men, women and children – were systematically rounded up, transported to concentration camps, beaten, tortured, starved, medically experimented upon, worked to death and ultimately disposed in crematoria. For these people, there is nobody left to honor their memory by lighting a Yahrzeit candle.
— Historian Stephen Ambrose
— General Dwight D. Eisenhower
— President Barack Obama
— Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel
The world must never forget the Shoah, truly the darkest period in the history of the Jewish People. It is for that reason I urge you to purchase (obtain) and distribute Yellow Candles. These Yahrzeit candles should go to all members of your congregation. In addition, the candles can be sold to other members of your community including local churches and schools as an educational vehicle, and a way of perpetuating that collective memory.
As the Yellow Candle program theme says, “Light a Candle, Preserve a Memory.”
Perform this important mitzvah on Yom Hashoah, April 7, 2013.
Let us never forget. Zachor!