What Can We Do?

What can we do? How can we high school seniors change our lifestyles to reflect the lessons learned on the March and from the camps? How can we live in a way that actively commemorates the memory of the six million? I don’t have the answers, but I would like to suggest a mindset that can help us try. The Nazis were respected and known for their efficiency in killing Jews and otherwise. When you arrive at Auschwitz and Birkenau the first thing that hits you is the sheer size and scale of the camp. These mechanized murder machines weren’t built by accident, the work of dedicated professionals is evident. Architects to map out the gas chambers, woodworkers to construct the gallows, thousands and thousands of guards to operate the camps and commit acts of horror previously unfamiliar to humanity. Tomorrow we will leave to Israel to explore its beauty and celebrate its existence, a country built by the sweat and tears of countless Jews. Israel did not happen by accident. The work of professionals is evident. Architects to build the synagogues, doctors, and soldiers who better and protect the lives of its people, millions of citizens who make up the pride and joy of Jews around the world. We are high school seniors looking towards our professional careers with potential and excitement. Dynamite can be used for slaughter on the battlefield or civilly to connect people’s by creating pathways through the mountains. In the same way, we have the conscious choice to use each of our talents for the betterment or destruction of society. For the sake of the six million, for the sake of the one and a half million children and their descendants that never were. We will never forget. We will always remember. We will dedicate the rest of our lives towards building a more loving a more accepting a more sustainable future in our professional careers and otherwise. If one person has the power to orchestrate the murder of millions, imagine if we comply with the same vigor towards the opposite. Together let’s build Israel, not Auschwitz. ~Leib Malina, MOTL 2019

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