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Essays on the Holocaust

Teaching the Shoah
Is the goal of such an enormous effort simply to prevent bullying and discrimination against those who one may consider different?
The Holocaust Torah and the Stories It Tells...
There were lots of things I knew about Mr. Friedman, and many I didn’t. One fact I thought I understood was that he’s always been a man of ordinary means. So when I first heard about the Holocaust Torah, I thought I’d misunderstood.
The Ability to Question
When the world made no sense, these Jews still cared to know what they should do or not do. When the world ignored G-d and His commandments, they determined that they would not...
The Rebbe on the Holocaust
What the Rebbe Said (and Didn't Say) About the Holocaust
Is G-d responsible? How can His actions (or inaction) be defended? Should they be defended?
Responsa From the Holocaust
The Germans often remarked to the Jews, “Why don't you commit suicide . . . ?”
How the Science of Racism Led to the Holocaust
The war against the divine image in man
Can the world survive on ethics devised by human reason? Well, we tried. It’s called the 20th century.
Was the Holocaust a Punishment?
Why can we say that biblical tragedies were punishments, yet contemporary ones are “the mysterious way of G-d”? Have today’s rabbis changed their perception of G-d to fit what’s politically correct?
Is the Holocaust Explicable?
G-d created the rules of nature and logic. Could He not have created a world in which peace, harmony and light can be fully appreciated even when not preceded by pain and suffering?
The Survivor's Prayer
Over this one thing
I implore You:
That my cup of gratitude
With a tear is laced
One Child, Remembered
Crystallizing slowly over time in the old man’s soul was the singular obligation of telling the story of that child’s last moments.
Angels of Light
Auschwitz showed us that just as man can sink as low as the basest animal, so can he rise to the level of angels
Goodness in Auschwitz
When one enters this place, through the still intact train tracks under that tower-like structure, one can simply not see how long and far it goes, for it is so incredibly massive. And all this for what?
Why No Designated Time to Mourn the Holocaust?
I understand that in the seven weeks between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot we observe a period of mourning for the death of over 20,000 sages who died during this period. But for the 6 million Jews brutally murdered in the Holocaust we have only one day dedicated to mourning.
Honor a Holocaust Victim by Tattooing Her Number?
My teenage daughter would like to honor my mother by getting a tattoo of her Auschwitz number. We are quite divided on this issue. Can you please help?
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