Burnat expounded upon Israeli President Ezer Weizman’s 1996 speech at the Bundestag. “Weizman famously said that ‘memory shortens distances.’ In effect, we are time-traveling Jews who, as Weizman said, explore our own collective memory, with the ‘cloak of memory’ around our shoulders, and a ‘staff of hope’ in our hands.
“History is an English word; Judaism refers to zikaron, or memory,” Burnat explained. “That collective memory and collective experience is a fundamental part of being a Jew. We bring our students here before Yom HaZikaron to learn about Israel’s past because we are all a part of that past, and that past is a part of us all.”