“Jews don’t have history, they have memory!”

While history is about what happened in the past, memory is about how that past drives our present and our future. As Avraham says, If history is prose, memory is poetry.

Jewish life and language is filled with opportunities to remember our past – “lizkor” and “zikaron” in Hebrew – so that the present can be a strong bridge to the future.

Remembering things that never happened

The difference between memory and history


Debate Questions

 

            • How this help you to get to know you in depth?
            • Memory, stories and values: how does our identity impact on our beliefs and values?
            • Collective memory and conflict: what happens when we meet someone who wants to contest our version of a treasured memory or myth?

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