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We Will Not Stand (video)

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
my comments after the video
good for him, speaking unabashedly about his beliefs.
I agree with him, sort of. I disagree with the reasons he gives and think his opinions are not historically or socially accurate, but agree that he has the right to not stand if he does not want to or think it is the right thing to do. Just like many Jews and Israelis do not keep Shabbos and do not, for example, fast on Tisha b'Av despite the importance these days are held by the many religious Israelis, the Haredi comunity, or parts of it, do not need to commemorate Yom HaShoah the way other Israelis prefer to, if, or because, it goes against their beliefs. I have no problem with that. I think flaunting it in public, not standing when outside, is wrong and insensitive, but if what you are doing is not hurtful and is done in private, I have no problem with it.
That being said, he says they commemorate the day in their own way - by saying chapters of tehillim and learning mishnayos in the yeshivas. This is a shame, as it is not true. Instead of just saying something like we don't commemorate the day because we don't agree with the chosen date or the method of commemoration, he decided to pander a bit saying we do it just differently. But that is not true. The yeshivas are not even in session on Yom Hashoah and there are no organized prayer sessions in memory of the victims and no organized mishnayos learning. Perhaps some individuals do, but as a community there is no such commemoration.
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