Yad Vashem 

  
Yad Vashem is Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

This leading picture above I captured as I exited the Yad Vashem in August of 2014 while visiting Israel. 

The view was specifically created to be a representation of Hope as people exit this very emotional memorial. 

I stood overlooking this view as I was still crying from visiting The Hall of Names containing Pages of Testimony commemorating the millions of Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. 

  
As I looked up at this wall I became so overwhelmed with emotion I broke down crying.  

Yad Vashem was Established in 1953, Yad Vashem is located on the western slope of Mount Herzl on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, 804 meters (2,638 ft) above sea level and adjacent to the Jerusalem Forest. The memorial consists of a 180-dunam (18.0 ha; 44.5-acre) complex containing the Holocaust History Museum, memorial sites such as the Children’s Memorial and the Hall of Remembrance, The Museum of Holocaust Art, sculptures, outdoor commemorative sites such as the Valley of the Communities, a synagogue, a research institute with archives, a library, a publishing house, and an educational center named The International School/Institute for Holocaust Studies.

A core goal of Yad Vashem’s founders was to recognize gentiles who, at personal risk and without a financial or evangelistic motive, chose to save their Jewish brethren from the ongoing genocide during the Holocaust. Those recognized by Israel as Righteous Among the Nations are honored in a section of Yad Vashem known as the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations.

After the Western Wall, Yad Vashem is the second most-visited Israeli tourist site. Its curators charge no fee for admission and welcome approximately one million visitors a year. – Wikipedia 

Join me in a moment of silence now and to pray for all the victims and their families as we remember the lost on this #HolocaustMemorialDay
           ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

An Unfinished Life 

 

 
Like a project that never gets completed
Like a bad nightmare that keeps being repeated
A moment; A glimpse
A life taken too quick
The grief
 The tears 
The aching inside
Nothing to take it away and nowhere to hide
How do you go on after this?
How can anything ever make you feel bliss?
 
The tears they gather like a bad rain storm
The days, weeks, and months are anything but the norm
It floods your mind and captures your soul
The wrinkles and bags on your face are proof that the pain has taken its toll
Grief so great and loss so real
When you just pray each day not to feel
Why so quick, so final, so complete, the end?
How many more tears do we shed before our hearts begin to mend?
 
Why? is the questions with no answers in sight
Why that minute? that second? that night?
Didn’t we love you enough to make you want to stay?
Why did God need you and have to take you away? 
We need you We love you
 We just had you back
Why was your spirit sad and your willpower lacked?
Why and Who and When and How, in my mind play over and over
Like the endless search for a four leaf clover
 
How do we find the comfort in our hearts to know you are at peace?
When those of us left here on earth find nothing but sadness in the least
 
The unspoken words, the unfinished plans, the promising future, the smiles, hugs and kisses robbed forever
How do we pick up our broken hearts and begin the next endeavor?
Are you happy or are you sad?, do you miss us? or are you mad?
Why was 43 years all God said you could have?
Your life wasn’t finished -so much more you could have had………
 
XXOO~Michelle Bollom 

In Loving Memory of my beloved brother 
Toby Todd Fine
1.31.63 to 3.19.2006