Fred Shectman: A moment of healing

June 5, 2014 

Regarding the May 26 news article “ Dachau victims’ ashes laid to rest”: The burial of ashes from Dachau at the Durham Hebrew Cemetery on May 25 was a bittersweet experience.

Just as the souls of all Jews were present at Mount Sinai when Moses received the Ten Commandments, so too were they present at the Nazi death camps. Indeed, a part of the soul of each Jew and every civilized person died then, but a remnant survived to fulfill the obligation of Tikkun Olam, a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world” (or “healing the world”), which suggests humanity’s shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world.

May the restless souls of the nameless whose ashes were buried attain a modicum of peace, knowing that they have not been forgotten.

Fred Shectman

Pittsboro

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