Some thoughts #general
David Frey <dfrey@...>
Reading Judith Romney Wegner's last message made me think of asking
some of the larger questions which I raise because I'm trying to
understand the reason for the pursuit we are all engaged in many with
a great deal of fervor. The work, the questions ,the letters, the
research, all raise questions for me which perhaps some of the other
readers can help answer. What is it we ultimately want to find?
Suppose in some magic perfect world we found a complete list of all
the families, all the connections right back to the beginning, what
ever that was? Even as far as knowable history can go!
What would we have? What would be different? What pain would be
changed? How would our lives be changed? Would the Holocaust,
Inguisition, or destruction of the Temples or Masada not have
happened? Would we then be like everybody else? And what does that
mean? "like everybody else"?
It would be very interesting to get us all together to discuss what
the hypothetical "complete truth" would give us. How does genealogy
differ when done by people who live in a country of there own which
they have lived in for a thousand years and ours where for a thousand
we have not lived in our country except in our hearts
I ask these questions seriously because Israel is at such a crossroad
and my demented brain is too small to know the answers and could use
help >from those who also think about such things.
Researching Beshincovichi, (Gildinsohn,, Steinhart)
K'lemnick,(Rabbi Avram Israel Gildinsohn, Gilden)
Dryhobitch (Frey), and
Ireland & Canada & USA (William Walsh) (Yes I know!)
Warsaw (Kaufman, Braf)
To David and the rest of the Genners out there:
I think your question is a valid one. I learned to love the
connections I had with my past and with my roots as a very young child at
my grandfather's knee. I don't know what would happen if one day I woke up
and all the empty boxes on my family tree were filled in. Perhaps I'd feel
a great deal of disappointment at having lost my quest. I can tell you
this much. I feel, breathe, and see through our ancestor's eyes. I
imagine the clothing they wore, the places they walked, the words they
spoke. Every new person is another part of me, of who I am, of where I
came from, of what I feel, see and love. I am nothing without them. They
brought me to this juncture in life. This time and space I occupy is only
thanks to G-d and those who came before me. I don't know how else to
explain it. It's part of who I am and I can't divorce myself >from it.
That's why it is so important to help those who survived the Holocaust
reconstruct what was stolen >from them.
We are nothing without a past, without roots, and of course
Pembroke Pines, (sunny south Florida) USA