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The Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Theology

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The theological problems facing those trying to respond to the Holocaust remain monumental. Both Jewish and Christian post-Auschwitz religious thought must grapple with profound questions, from how God allowed it to happen to the nature of evil.

The Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Theology brings together a distinguished international array of senior scholars—many of whose work is available here in English for the first time—to consider key topics from the meaning of divine ...

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Overview

The theological problems facing those trying to respond to the Holocaust remain monumental. Both Jewish and Christian post-Auschwitz religious thought must grapple with profound questions, from how God allowed it to happen to the nature of evil.

The Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Theology brings together a distinguished international array of senior scholars—many of whose work is available here in English for the first time—to consider key topics from the meaning of divine providence to questions of redemption to the link between the Holocaust and the creation of the State of Israel. Together, they push our thinking further about how our belief in God has changed in the wake of the Holocaust.

Contributors: Yosef Achituv, Yehoyada Amir, Ester Farbstein, Gershon Greenberg, Warren Zev Harvey, Tova Ilan, Shmuel Jakobovits, Dan Michman, David Novak, Shalom Ratzabi, Michael Rosenak, Shalom Rosenberg, Eliezer Schweid, and Joseph A. Turner.

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“It is essential reading for advanced students and scholars who perhaps think that they possess anything near an understanding of the impact of “the tremendum” that is Holocaust.”
-Choice: Recommended

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“An invaluable text. The individual essays are gems, written by recognized authorities in their respective disciplines, and they work as a seamless whole to address the fundamental issues raised by the Holocaust. The volume offers both as a challenge and a stimulus for future thought. . . . Erudite and pathbreaking.”
-Alan L. Berger,Raddock Eminent Scholar Chair of Holocaust Studies, Florida Atlantic University

“This is a serious book. . . .The scholars represented here wrestle with substantial issues.”
-Jewish Book World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814747841
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven T. Katz is Slater Professor of Jewish and Holocaust Studies and former Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University. His many publications include The Holocaust in Historical Context.
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Table of Contents

Editor's introduction 1
1 Is there a religious meaning to the idea of a chosen people after the Shoah? 5
2 The issue of confirmation and disconfirmation in Jewish thought after the Shoah 13
3 Philosophical and midrashic thinking on the fateful events of Jewish history 61
4 The Holocaust : lessons, explanation, meaning 82
5 Between Holocaust and redemption : silence, cognition, and eclipse 110
6 Ultra-orthodox Jewish thought about the Holocaust since World War II : the radicalized aspect 132
7 Theological reflections on the Holocaust : between unity and controversy 161
8 Building amidst devastation : Halakic historical observations on marriage during the Holocaust 175
9 Two Jewish approaches to evil in history 194
10 A call to humility and Jewish unity in the aftermath of the Holocaust 202
11 Is there a religious meaning to the rebirth of the state of Israel after the Shoah? 211
12 The concept of exile as a model for dealing with the Holocaust 226
13 Is there a theological connection between the Holocaust and the reestablishment of the state of Israel? 248
14 The Holocaust and the state of Israel : a historical view of their impact on and meaning for the understanding of the behavior of Jewish religious movements 263
15 Theology and the Holocaust : the presence of God and diving providence in history from the perspective of the Holocaust 275
16 Educational implications of Holocaust and rebirth 287
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