Religious Responses to the Holocaust: Retrospect and Prospect

By Lord Jakobovits

Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, 1990

Holocaust theology has become a major academic and literary discipline, perhaps more than Jewish theology. The religious challenge of the Holocaust arises not from the question, "Where was God at Auschwitz?", but rather from asking, "Where was Man at Auschwitz?" There exists a tendency to shy away from the obvious theological perplexities inevitably posed by the Holocaust. Yet, very few survivors lost their faith during and after the Holocaust, and contemporary Torah-studying population has increased significantly, accompanied by vast disengagement from the secular world and its values. The Jewish "Yizkor" charges the survivors to rebuild what has been destroyed and to ensure the continuity of Jewish life.

Topic: Theology, Sociology, Spirituality, Shoah, Communal Memory, Holocaust

Name of Publication: The Expulsion from Spain and the Holocaust: The Jewish Community's Response

Page Number(s): 26-35

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Coverage: Diaspora , Israel

Language: English

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Jakobovits, Lord. Religious Responses to the Holocaust: Retrospect and Prospect. The Expulsion from Spain and the Holocaust: The Jewish Community's Response. Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. 1990: 26-35. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=10811


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