“If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem”

by D. Blackburn “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem,” a phrase that is often uttered, and yet, the weight and meaning behind it are seldom understood. This verse, found in Psalm 137:5, was the lament of the Psalmists upon being taunted by their captors at the beginning of the Babylonian exile. This phrase has become […]

Forget Me Not!

By: D. Blackburn Words can never express the horrors that befell the six million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis. This year marks the 70-year anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Throughout the year ceremonies are taking place all over the world to remember those who were lost.  So many have dedicated […]

To Everything There Is A Season

By: D. Blackburn To Everything There Is A Season “Racheli hayita hashemesh.” Racheli was the sun she said through her tears. It was Yom HaZikaron 2001, my first soldiers’ remembrance day living in Israel. As she spoke we stood in silence class by class, a sea of white shirts and black pants (the required uniform […]