Rabbi Marc’s A Dash of Drash – Angels and Auschwitz – Episode 80

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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About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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