Reflections on Poland

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Yesterday, (July 5th) began as a regular day in Poland. My roommate and I woke up, talked, and got ready for the day. Our day began with breakfast, davening, and hanging out with one another. We headed to the bus and I knew once we arrived to our destination, that this “normal day” wasn’t going to feel so normal. What was the destination? Treblinka Death Camp.

It was the first of the camps that we visited. I walked off the bus, and suddenly, my stomach dropped. My mood changed. But, at the same time, I began to feel a sense of hope. I still felt sad, but when we walked into the camp, we learned a song and began to sing it. The song is called “Ani Maamin.” This song is about hope. The tune was composed by a Jew as he was riding in the train to Treblinka, this very camp that we were heading into. As we walked around the camp, we sang together, “Ani maamin b’emuna shelema. Bviyat ha’Mashiach.” This translates to: “I believe with perfect faith, in the coming of the Moshiach.”

This week in Poland has been hard, there’s no denying it, but there have been happy moments when we have all gotten together to sing and dance. The best revenge we, the Jewish people, can serve as a response to the Holocaust is not to fight back with hate and anger, but fight back with positivity to show that we are growing stronger and that nothing will ever destroy us as a nation. Singing this song out loud, in public, is our revenge. We united our voices to tell the world that we are here to stay and even in dark times, there is hope for a perfect world to come. We just need to add more light and positivity into this world.

Although Poland has been hard and it has been sad, it has only made me that much more excited and eager to depart to Israel. I have seen where we, the Jews, have been but Israel is going to show the future of what the world can become with positivity. Am Yisrael Chai!