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What is the literal meaning of “Yad Vashem”?

by Rabbi Moshe Miller

  

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These words are taken from the words of Isaiah:1 “For so says the Lord to the eunuchs who will keep My Sabbaths and will choose what I desire and hold fast to My covenant, ‘I will give them in My house and in My walls a “Yad vaShem” (place and a name), better than sons and daughters; an everlasting name I will give him, which will not be discontinued.’”


"I will give them in My house and in My walls a “Yad vaShem” (place and a name), better than sons and daughters..."
Yad = a place; Shem = a name. "A place and a name," for those who were not given the dignity of a Jewish burial, or any burial at all in millions of cases.

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  • 1. 56:4-5.

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