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I visited Auschwitz for the first time last week and am still processing that intense experience, which has left a lasting imprint on me. In Parshat Vayetze (Genesis 28:10 – 32:3), there are several references to HaMakom – the place, which can be any place where we are conscious. It is also one of the names of God. Jacob happens upon a “random place” and lays down his head and dreams of a ladder with angels ascending and descending. He awakes and says “ma norah hamakom hazeh – how awesome is this place.” After many years, wives, children later, he sets off on another journey and is accompanied by angels; they punctuate Jacob’s journeys. And ours. Can angels exist even in Auschwitz?
I wrote some spoken word pieces in Poland, one of which is read in this podcast. You can read them here:
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