Michael Berenbaum

in The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199211869
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This article contends that the impact of the Holocaust on Judaism and particularly on Jewish theological reflection did not reach full force until the 1960s. Since that time, attention to the Shoah's implications for Jewish religious thought and practice has been intense and widespread. Emphasizing the post-Holocaust reflection of David Weiss' Halivni, it explores key currents and debates in post-Holocaust Judaism as it wrestles with questions about God and Jewish life. The role of Holocaust survivors looms large in these issues. Their example enlarges senses of conscience and responsibility, decency and dignity, suggesting that if the Holocaust itself was devoid of God, that absence need not characterize the Shoah's aftermath.

Keywords: David Weiss; Jewish theological reflection; Shoah; Jewish life; God

Article.  5739 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Judaism and Jewish Studies

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