Thursday, May 1, 2008

Bishop Rhoades Observed "Yom HaShoah"

May 1 is a day associated with many pagan spring celebrations including May Day, Beltane, and the pre-Christianized Walpurgis Night. We may now add to that list of pagan holidays, "Yom HaShoah" a commemoration of the psychodrama of the Kabbalistic six million which is commemorated every other day of the year besides and which forms the basis for the six-pointed Zionist state.

Earlier, we noted that the temple of Holocaustolatry in Washington D.C., the taxpayer-funded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, was consecrated on pagan feast day, Earth Day, April 22.

Bishop Rhoades celebrated "Yom HaShoah" with the rabbis on the evening of April 30th, what is traditionally Walpurgis night.

Catholic bishop to give talk at Jewish memorial program

The Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster will present its annual Yom HaShoah memorial program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Lancaster Jewish Community Center, 2120 Oregon Pike.

The Yom HaShoah program is designed to commemorate the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust.

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, will serve as keynote speaker; his talk will be "The Holocaust and Catholic-Jewish Relations."

Rhoades was among five bishops and three rabbis from the United States to travel last fall to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in southern Poland; Krakow, Poland; and the Vatican, in Italy, as part of an interfaith study tour.

In addition, the Yom HaShoah program will include readings led by the rabbis of Lancaster's three synagogues: Rabbi Jack Paskoff of Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, Rabbi Stephan Parnes of Temple Beth El and Rabbi Shaya Sackett of Congregation Degel Israel.

There will also be a candlelighting memorial by members of the Lancaster community who are survivors of the Holocaust, as well as traditional prayers led by the rabbis.

Holocaust candles will be available for those who would like to have them; the program is open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Elisabeth S. Shuster, Yom Ha-Shoah program chairwoman, at 665-7323 (evenings), or write to her at

From Faust, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the scene titled "Walpurgis Night."

Faust: Spirit of Contradiction! On! and lead the way!
It was a very clever notion, I must say;
We seek the [witches'] Brocken on Walpurgis Night,
Yet choose to isolate ourselves when near the height!

Mephistopheles: What motley flames! Just look along the heather!
There is a jolly club together.
In little circles one is not alone.

Faust: I'd rather be up yonder, I must own.
Already whirling smoke and glow come into view.
A host is streaming to the Devil! See them ride!
Full many a riddle there must be untied.

Mephistopheles: Yet many a riddle will be tied anew.
Just let the great world whiz and riot;
We'll house us meanwhile here in quiet.
We've known it as a fact of ancient date
That men make little worlds within the great ...

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