SACRED GROUND is a complete, 10-minute, immersive ritual experience with moving musical and video elements, as well as newly designed ritual prayer components. SACRED GROUND – like all rituals – is designed to change us from collective victims of history to authors of our own destiny. Tragically, the perpetrator’s deeds forever haunt their offspring, their nation and their culture.
SACRED GROUND is also unique in that it features in its Eclipse Prayer Video rare, pre-war pictures of Holocaust victims and families, courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum — families full of life and possibility before their lives were cut short by genocide. The Eclipse Prayer Video opens on the Brandenburg Gate. The camera’s POV immediately travels one block away to the Berlin Holocaust Memorial (German: Stiftung-Denkmal), and then slowly and solemnly merges with the photos of the families.
In The Benediction, renowned actor Richard Dreyfus explains how to perform a meaningful ritual to consecrate the lives of the victims, perpetrators, and our post-Holocaust lives.
Additional app elements include Rabbi/Dr. Moshe Shualy reflecting on life before the Shoah by telling his own personal story as a child of Holocaust survivors. Cantor Emanuel Perlman chants the Memorial Prayer, which he delivered at the United States Capitol Rotunda for the National Day of Remembrance for liberators and Holocaust Survivors. Links are provided to take you to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as the Berlin Holocaust Memorial.
Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah, is celebrated world-wide each year on April 16, the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
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