Timing Is Everything

May 3, 2013

Highlighting the April 5 edition of the JT dedicated to Yom Ha’Shoah 5773 was the editorial “Yom Ha’Shoah’s Necessary Story.” It emphasized the importance of “remember[ing] the horrors of the Holocaust and its threat to the survival of the Jewish people” and the need “to honor the memory of those who perished.”  The editorial concluded that “If we are to assure ‘Never Again,’ we need to make sure that the memory lives on.” The subsequent issue of April 12 focused on Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Timing is everything.

The chol ha-mo’ed (intermediate days) between these seminal observances was besmirched (if not defiled) by the announcement on April 11 of the induction of WBAL’s late paleo-conservative talk-show host Ron Smith into the Maryland-D.C.-Delaware Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Lest we forget, for Smith, trivialization of the Holocaust was, at best, a trivial matter.  …

Sam Betancourt
York, Pa.

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