Memorial Day

Days To Remember

05/21/2014
Editorial

Memorial Day, observed this Monday, was created to honor the memory of American soldiers who gave their lives for their country. Too often it is marked more by barbecues and consumer sales than with the somber dignity it deserves, a time to consider and give thanks for the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Services here and around the world to protect the homeland.

Yom Hazikaron and Memorial Day: How We Remember

05/31/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Remembering those brave men and women who have fallen in battle in defense of their homeland is any country's solemn responsibility.  A commitment to remember their ultimate sacrifice is the most effective guarantee that their lives will not have been lost in vain.  Those who survive them, and live free because of them, owe them at least this much, and of course so much more...

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

After Sitting One Out, Jewish Veterans March On

When you see the heroes of the Jewish War Veterans march in Sunday’s Celebrate Israel Parade, give them some extra cheer.

This year’s calendar put them in something of a Sandy Koufax bind, as Memorial Day and Shavuot coincided, as will happen several times in a lifetime.

Yizkor On Memorial Day: The Layering Of Memory

05/31/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Like most people, I would imagine, my first thoughts upon learning that the Memorial Day weekend here in America would coincide with the festival of Shavuot this year were not happy ones. Three-day weekends are a precious commodity, even for rabbis. Giving one up for three days of Shabbat and Yom Tov was simply not a fair exchange.  I’m sure that I like being in synagogue a little more than the average bear, but really… on Memorial Day weekend?

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.
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