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This past Monday, as we observed Yom HaShoah, we remembered the six million Jewish lives murdered during the Holocaust. And, on Monday, May 13th, we stand resolute as we celebrate the reaffirmation of the Jewish nation's sovereignty with the establishment of the modern state of Israel. 

Holocaust Remembrance Day compels us to carry forward the legacy of survivors like Elie Wiesel and Viktor Frankl, whose messages of hope amidst despair continue to inspire us. Wiesel famously declared, "Because I remember, I despair. But because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair." Frankl, surviving the horrors of Auschwitz, taught us that even in the grip of great evil, we have the power to choose our response: "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."

This year, the story of Esther Greitzer, a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor, highlighted a heartbreaking reality of the Holocaust's lingering shadows. Esther, who endured...

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