It is difficult to argue that the Holocaust was caused by divine anger for the violations of Torah precepts and deliberate heresy. The curses in the Torah are meant to come down on those who, against better judgment, and with the full understanding that they are violating God’s will, decide to do so; but not on those who are confused by or are the victims of others’ misunderstandings.
Jewish tradition forbids the pronunciation of the four-letter name of God. This name, rooted in the Hebrew word for “being,” consists of the Hebrew letters: Yud, Heh, Vav and Heh. According to the Sages of Israel, the name reflects the different dimensions of “being” related to time: past, present and future. Can we say that such a being “exists”?
Do good and evil events in this world really always depend on human behavior? Was there no other reason for God to create the universe than to test human beings and reward or punish accordingly? Is man really the measure of all things?
It has become common practice in the Jewish orthodox religious community to trace any national or personal disaster back to human moral or religious failure. It is divine wrath that befalls us. Any tragedy is seen as an expression of God’s anger with the behavior of mankind, especially of Jews.
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In memory of the victims in
This essay was published in the
10.6.08 after the earthquake in
It has become very difficult to go to synagogue lately. Praying to God has become a real challenge. Watching