In 2015 when I studied at the Yad Vashem International School of Holocaust Studies, by far the most striking thing to me was the zest for life the Jewish people have, even in the midst of the most terrifying horrors imaginable.
For example, when herded off to ghettos, and ultimately concentration camps, Jews were allowed to take very little. Perhaps only a small suitcase or two. What would you take, if you faced such a crisis? Your computer? Your valuables? Treasured heirlooms?
In many cases, the Jews took school books, art supplies, musical instruments and things that would enable them to carry on with life as they knew it. Why? Because life carries more value than anything to the Jewish people. Their zest for life was (and still is) insatiable, and they went to tremendous lengths to live life to the fullest possible .
Here is a story of how a small group of Jews survived another day in the concentration camps, under the watchful and demanding eyes of Nazi soldiers. Take a look:
My friends, not only could we learn a thing or two about dealing with hardship, but as Christians, it is our responsibility to defend the innocent. It is our calling to stand up for those in need. It is a Biblical command to bless Israel.
But how do we know and understand the depth of God’s desire if we have no understanding of His beloved people, and the importance of standing with them?
This is where I urge you to take advantage of a FREE online course launching today! Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Studies is making “Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present” available online in a “study at your own pace” format. (Just click on the link!) Researchers and instructors at Yad Vashem are literally the world’s experts in Antisemitism and the Holocaust, and your understanding of those things and how they continue to this day will expand greatly.
It’s free, so you have nothing to lose. Join me, as I join hundreds of others, in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity! See you in the virtual classroom! Enjoy!