After Tragedy and Triumph: Essays in Modern Jewish Thought by Michael Berenbaum

By Michael Berenbaum

The tale of yank Jewry is inextricably entwined with the notable defeat of the Holocaust and the rebirth of the nation of Israel. in spite of the fact that, for Michael Berenbaum, and others of his iteration, whose grownup cognizance incorporated the struggle in Lebanon and the Palestinian Uprisings, the story is extra anguished, for the Jewish individuals are now divided, doubtful concerning the implications of the previous and the path in their destiny. Berenbaum explores the Jewish id of this new release, the 1st to mature after tragedy and triumph. He probes the Holocaust's impression on Jewish realization and the imprint of yank tradition on Jewish id. hard Zionism's traditional assumptions, he information American Jews' altering courting to Israel as he examines the tensions created inside of Jewish culture among a heritage of victimization and the empowerment of Jews. whereas demonstrating that the safety of victory is one step from the discomfort of sufferers, even if the victors have lately emerged from the fireplace, Berenbaum holds out the desire of liberation for Judaism, keeping that 5 thousand years of historical past, with its bankruptcy of Holocaust and empowerment, offer a distinct beginning upon which to construct a destiny. Michael Berenbaum is Hymen Goldman Professor of Theology at Georgetown college and venture Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. he's the writer or editor of a number of books, together with The imaginative and prescient of the Void: Theological Reflections at the Works of Elie Wiesel and The Holocaust: spiritual and Political Implications (with John Roth).

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The study of the Holocaust can provide insights that have universal import for the destiny of all humanity. A national council funded at taxpayers' expense to design a national memorial does not have the liberty to create an exclusively Jewish one in the restricted sense of the term, and most specifically with regard to audience. A purely Jewish museum is the task of the American Jewish community operating with private funding and without government subvention, as is the case with the New York Holocaust Memorial (appropriately titled "The Museum of the Jewish Heritage").

In this way, Wiesel negotiated the labyrinth between those who argued for a Judeo-centric uniqueness and the requirement of universality imposed by the president. To Jews in Israel and in America, the Holocaust was a source of distinctiveness, albeit a horrible one, among peoples. 18 Christianity had provided the Nazis with the choice of the Jew as victim, and Christian teaching and institutions did not have the moral force to resist Nazism. Modernity had also failed. The political, economic, bureaucratic, and demographic trends of modern Western society set the stage for the Holocaust.

THE HOLOCAUST IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA Richard Rubenstein, and Joseph Borkin concur with this functionalist approach. How the terrible crime was committed, as much as its theoretical conception, distinguishes the Holocaust from previous manifestations of evil. Joseph Borkin has argued that Auschwitz represented the perverse perfection of slavery. In all previous manifestations of human slavery, including the particularly cruel form practiced in North America, slaves were considered a capital investment to be protected, fed, and sheltered by the master.

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