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The Silence of the Survivor© Parashat Shmini and Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Silence of the Survivor© Parashat Shmini and Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day Rabbi David Baum
We all have stories to our names, all of us have someone for whom we are named after, and a piece of them lives on in us through the lives we live.
I want to tell you the story of how my cousin Brian, whose Hebrew name is Betzalel, received his name.My aunt told me the story - she had just given birth to her second child, her first boy, and her father, my grandfather had one immediate request: “It is very important for me that you name your son Betzalel.Would you please do me this favor?”Now, we’ve all been there.Our parents ‘suggest’ names for their grandkids, and then, when you don’t listen to them, they let you know how they feel.But she told me that this situation was different, and she pried a little.Why?And then, he shared a family secret with her.My grandfather was born in a town called Opole, Poland, but moved to Warsaw to become a tailor’s apprentice when he was in 2nd grade.Fr…