Thoughts on the Shoah….

Perhaps the question of the suffering and evil of the Shoah is not how we respond but what destiny the Holy One had in mind when the Shoah happened; for it says (Zephaniah 3.20)

“At that time will I bring you in, And at that time will I gather you; For I will make you to be a name and a praise Among all the peoples of the earth, When I turn your captivity before your eyes, Saith the L-RD.”

This is not to say that the tragedy and suffering inflicted on us is diminished but rather it’s magnitude reflects a sense justice due to us as a people; a people broken, fragmented and shattered yet destined for good things because we responded not with indifference, or evil for evil (measure for measure – middah keneged middah) but with moral clarity and decisiveness in the face of evil!

We embraced our Western and Eastern brethren, stood our ground and founded a state; a place where good triumphs over evil…. A place where every Jew finds refuge from the scour-age of persecution in order to bring out the best in humanity…!

Such is the destiny of a People on the path of righteousness, justice and liberty – tikkun olam each step of the way… bringing us closer to that ideal state of the world where G-D consciousness is universal “as the waters cover the sea” –

As the passuk says, “Shall I hide from Avraham what I am doing…?”

As a People destined for good, Avraham’s Children responded to the Shoah with the demand for justice –

they forged a reparations agreement with Germany – the Luxembourg Agreement

their suffering brought about the Nuremberg Trials eliminating from the docket claims of [sovereign] immunity

Avraham responded to evil with the rhetorical question: “shall not the judge of all the earth do justly?” As it says”

“That be far from Thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked, that so the righteous should be as the wicked; that be far from Thee; shall not the judge of all the earth do justly?”

“Justice, Justice shall you pursue….” Deut. 16:18-20

“Zion shall be redeemed with justice, And they that return of her with righteousness.” Isaiah 1.27

“And Judah also shall fight for Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the nations round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.” Zechariah 14.14

“Arise O G-D, judge the earth, for You allot the heritage among all the nations.” Tehillim 82.8


One thought on “Thoughts on the Shoah….

  1. Daniel 7.10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him; thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the judgment was set, and the books were opened. [….] 18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.’ […] 22 until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High; and the time came, and the saints possessed the kingdom.


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