Rabbi Herschel Schachter, z’l

Rabbi Herschel Schachter, z’l

From the Lifecycle obituary (March 29), it is with sadness that I noted the passing of Rabbi Herschel Schachter (z’l). He was the first U.S. Army chaplain to enter Buchenwald – it was on April 11, 1945, just hours after Gen. George Patton’s Third Army liberated the camp. Among the 1,000 Jewish orphans that Rabbi Schachter placed on a kindertransport to France was Elie Wiesel. He spent months in the camp, ministering to the survivors who remained.

Along with this sadness, I was gratified to see a picture of a special Yom Hashoah yellow candle presented along with the obituary. This candle is produced and distributed by the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, the men’s branch of the Conservative movement.

This year, as I light my yellow candle on Sunday evening, April 7, I will dedicate it to the memory of Rabbi Schachter. May his memory be for a blessing.