Days of Remembrance
It seems fitting that in the midst of our own Jewish time of reflection, we encounter a day of reflection for all Americans. Twelve years ago today, our nation was struck by an unparalleled tragedy. As an organization that is dedicated to the sometimes painful art of remembering, we pause to reflect.
When we think back on that harrowing day, our sadness at the loss of life is buoyed by the memory of people coming together, reaching out with acts large and small. Our challenge is to preserve the legacy of that day as one not framed by terror and tragedy, but one that regularly reminds us that even in the worst of times, we each have something to offer and we each can make a difference by acting on our best natures.
We recall the words of Kate Frucher speaking at a JWA event several years ago:
“Our actions—no matter how big or small or visible—do matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice."
After witnessing people jump from the 109th floor of the WTC, Kate stopped practicing law and started working with the NYC Fire Department to help implement reforms that would prevent that scale of loss from happening again.
On days like today we are inspired by women like Kate whose words and actions ensure that the memories of those lost will indeed be a blessing.
We encourage you to share your own stories in the comments below, whether they are stories of loss, moments of courage, or your own reflections during the Days of Remembrance. On days like today it helps to know that we are part of a community dedicated to both remembering and repair.