Yom HaShoah Commemoration
“Night Words – A Midrash on the Holocaust”
by David Roskies
Presented by Temple Emanu-El Haverhill and the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College
Night Words, a dramatic reading by 36 participants, brings together the boldest writings from rabbinic, medieval, and modern literary sources, dialogue, voices, questioning, and even orchestrated rage at the calamity of the Shoah (Holocaust).
As the Readers enter, they line up in a row and relinquish their shoes to the ushers. They then proceed to the “Place of Meeting” (within Cascia Hall) and are seated. There is music in the background and sufficient light for reading. A quorum for this service is 36 people: men, women, and children. Roles are distributed in advance and require no prior preparation. Each participant receives a text of the service from which they read. Non-reading attendees are seated around the hall.
The play is appropriate for adults and older children.
The reading has a basis in a millennial-old Jewish legend that there are 36 Righteous People on earth, called Lamed Vavniks, unknown to others and themselves unaware of their mission. No Lamed-Vav knows who the others are. In fact, they often do not know that they themselves are a Lamed-Vav. They lead challenging lives, taking upon themselves the sorrows of the world. When they are needed, they perform acts of kindness, charity, bravery - and then immediately return to their ordinary lives, without the realization that they have just accomplished an act that has caused the Divine to manifest in the world.
Attendees are requested to rsvp: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-373-3861.
The Adult Education Committee of Temple Emanu-El is sponsoring the commemorative reading and refreshments will be served.
This program is free and open to the public.