Growing Older: Remembering the legacy of the Holocaust
By Richard Griffin
Thursday, June 1, 2006

“The Kaddish doesn’t bring anyone back,” the rabbi announced in advance. “But somehow,” she said, “the Kaddish helps us reclaim ourselves.”
Beyond that, “It does say how great God is and that this world is meaningful.”
The recital of the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, proved one of the most moving parts of the Holocaust memorial service that I recently attended. Assembled in the synagogue were not only the members of that congregation, but people from across my urban community.

We were there to pray, reflect and sing in commemoration of those who died in the Nazi death camps in the years leading up to and during World War II. As our mayor said in explaining what we were doing: “If we don’t love one another enough, bad things can happen.”