“We don’t need Hitler to teach us we are all Jews..”

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My grandfather and I singing together in Brooklyn, New York.

My grandfather Yaakov Malek, a successful tailor, escaped from a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Hidden in the forest he found a large golden cross, an amount of gold that could have been his ticket out of Nazi Germany. Instead my Zaidy risked his life and snuck back into the labor camp where innocent humans were dying of starvation. Yaakov hid the gold, and rationed off small pieces of this gold to the Nazi guards in exchange for food. My grandfather fed 350 people through out the war, saving their lives.

When I asked my Zaidy which Chassidic Dynasty we descend from he answered, “All of them, we don’t need Hitler to teach us we are all Jews..”

Yaakov lived till 101 years old thank God, learned Torah and walked to Synagogue till his last day. He was buried erev Lag Ba’omer, on Har Menuchot (mount of rest), Jerusalem, Israel. When I asked my Zaidy which Chassidic Dynasty we descend from he answered, “All of them, we don’t need Hitler to teach us we are all Jews..”. In full empathy with our maker Hashem and my Zaidy, I cite, Baruch Dayan Ha’emet, Bless the Holy Judge, for my Zaidy’s & Bubby’s countless family members including parents, spouses, children and siblings who were gave up their lives because they were Jews and never denied it. Please eulogize the 6,000,000 with Torah & Song, so their souls will have an Aliyah, wile in the Garden of Eden, warming their God given throne, where they bask in Hashem’s infinite light, prior to the resurrection of the forever Living, Amen.

Yitzchok Meir ben Avraham Dov ben Yaakov ben Dov

Jewish Unity Project
Jerusalem, Israel

About the Author
Yitzchok Meir Malek leads a fresh, grassroots movement with growing and sustainable momentum that uses the power of music, shared events, holiday celebrations, and social projects to provide a deeply meaningful and engaging experience of unity between different kinds of Jews and non Jews alike. He is 30, and has lived in Jerusalem since he moved here alone at the age of 17. By day Yitzchok Meir plans revolutionary events for the city. By night YM plays concerts and is getting ready to release his debut album with Ronny Vance (former president of Geffen Music and Interscope Music, responsible for the signings of Tupac, New Edition, Stephen Sondheim, Bruce Hornsby and Gwen Stephani, and for the placement of such notable songs as "Maniac,” “New Attitude,” and Eric Clapton’s two-time 1998 Grammy winning song "Change The World,") to be released next season. He made aliyah at age 17 from NY because he didn't want to be history, he wanted to be part of making history. He believes that the best way to feel at home in Jerusalem is to grab a musical instrument and walk the streets returning smiles and making new friends. If there’s anything he’s learned about connecting to the community here, it is if you want something to happen, anything, you can make it happen, and you should.
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