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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Heritage Trip to Poland 2015/5775: Day 6

Demonstrating Achdut in front of Schindler's factory
On Sunday, our last day in Poland, we went to see Schindler's factory where so many lives were saved by one individual. We heard the fascinating story behind Oscar Schindler. We learned that every person is born with the power to change the world. We realized the goodness in humanity because people, such as Oscar Schindler, have the capability to do amazing things. After that we marched down the bridge of Krakow holding a Sefer Torah and singing "Kol Haolam Kulo Gesher Tzar Me'od, Ve'haikar Lo Lefached Klal," or the world is one narrow bridge and the most important thing is not to be afraid. Every single person was signing. As we arrived at the center of town we all got into a circle and started singing words of praise to Hashem and dancing with Achdut. You could really feel the unity between all of us and many locals and tourists stopped to watch us. That half an hour of singing demonstrated the basis of the Heritage Experencie, which is that we won in the end and no one will ever be able to get rid of us because Hashem made us a promise that he will always protect us.  ~Rebecca Abotbol
The last six days in Poland have been truly inspiring. They taught us that we have to appreciate everything we have and live every day to the fullest and everyone, Ashkenaz or Sephardic, has a connection to the Holocaust even if they don't realize it.
~Nicole Yankovich