Jazz musician Dave Brubeck says "when I write a piece, a sacred piece, I’m looking hard and trying to discover what I’m about, and what my parents were about and the world is about."
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom, an Orthodox synagogue in Washington, participated in an interfaith vigil at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and his congregation's Torah study was dedicated to the memory of the museum security officer who was shot to death.
"Criticism of Israel indicates engagement with Israel. American Jews should be worried when their children stop criticizing Israel," says Professor Steven Cohen, a sociologist of American Jewry on the faculty at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.
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Jewish memory is stored and transmitted in the paintings of Mayer Kirshenblatt, who with the help of his daughter Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett has preserved his own memories and the collective memories of a Polish Jewish community before World War II.
Father Patrick Desbois has documented the murder of 1.5 million Jews who were shot dead and buried throughout Ukraine by the Nazis. Finding the mass graves has been "a sacred mission."
Memory and remembrance are central to Judaism, says artist Mark Podwal, whose documentary HOUSE OF LIFE, a loving appreciation of the old Jewish cemetery in Prague, includes the Pinkas Synagogue's memorial to Czech Holocaust victims.
"The Talmud tells us when we go up to heaven and give an accounting of ourselves the very first question the Almighty asks us is whether we conducted our business affairs with integrity and honesty."