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Introducing Night Words: A Midrash on the Holocaust

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Night Words was originally created in 1971 and has had four editions. It does what all great rituals do – “dosages” the too-muchness of Reality so that we can metabolize the unimaginable and then, just maybe, wander this world together with a touch more humanity.

Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership is honored to re-release Night Words. Against a global context of rising antisemitism and increasing levels of disinformation, hate speech and dangerous demonization of the other, Night Words has never been more important. We know that, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The Holocaust did not happen overnight. Nazism and its genocide evolved slowly, over years and efforts by ordinary good people just like us, well before the genocide began, may have stopped the Holocaust. Night Words is a ritual for the good people.

We encourage you to use Night Words to observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day and to share it with family, friends, and all people of goodwill. May the memory of the millions of victims of the Kingdom of Night be for a blessing.

Irwin Kula President, Clal

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