Philologos comment: We've been looking at the Holocaust through secular eyes and this little
booklet refocuses our attention. The updated version can be read/acquired at http://www.benisrael.org/HolCover.htm
which is the author's own website. My copy is an older edition (40 pages).
"In a daring hypothesis - turning to ancient Hebrew scriptures as a key
of interpretation to the most modern of all events, the Holocaust, - the author
brings a challenge both to the agnostic secularist as to the religiously-minded
that compels a searching reappraisal of one's deepest convictions.
"In this examination of that ultimate tradgedy, the issue of God as God
is brought courageously to the forefront of our modern consideration as few
books have attempted to do.
"'We must either forsake entirely our inadequate faith and be abandoned
to a worldly cynicism, or be brought into new and unplumbed depths that
radically affect - and change - everything.'"
Excerpt: "I had the privilege once to meet Elie Wiesel, a Romanian Jew
and winner of a Nobel prize for peace. He himself is a survivor of the Holocaust
and is probably one of the greatest authorities on the subject of the Holocaust.
He is the most beautifully eloquent man and if there was no God, then he is a
picture of Jewish nobility and ethical and moral sensitivity that would be the
admiration of anyone. If there is a God, however, that very thing that we would
otherwise be impressed by becomes questionable in the light of God's indictment
on the condition of mankind.
"I asked him privately: 'Mr. Wiesel, to what degree would you be willing
to acknowledge that the sufferings that we have experienced as Jews, in all of
the calamities of our history and including the Holocaust, are the fulfillment
of God's judgments forewarned prophetically in the concluding chapters of the
books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy?' He looked at me for a moment in that kind
of stunned silence and then answered: 'I refuse to consider that.'" End of
Holocaust as Judgment - An Appeal for Jewish Consideration" can be
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