By Jeanette Friedman | Published 08/1/2008 | Opinion |

Jeanette Friedman

Every now and again, the creation of a permanent Yom HaShoah liturgy becomes an issue some people think should be on the front burner. Some proponents of a universal service feel that that is what the Holocaust survivor legacy must be and that everyone must have a set prayer program for Yom HaShoah. But that is not the legacy of survivors. The legacy of the Holocaust survivors was presented to the Jewish people in June 1981, in Jerusalem, at the Kotel, the Western Wall, in front of 15,000 people. You can read it at

Nowhere does this legacy mention a Holocaust liturgy — and for good reason. The issue had been debated ad nauseam. The legacy mentions the importance of remembrance — and as the most studied and researched event on Planet Earth, the Holocaust will certainly be remembered as a watershed event in history. Getting its lessons across is another story — though no one denies that one of those lessons is the need for tolerance, the need to see another person’s point of view.