The Nazi Holocaust raised many profound and troubling spiritual questions for the Jewish people and the entire human race. The late Johnathan Sacks (z”l) — a renowned rabbi, philosopher, and author — tackled two of those questions in the videos linked below. Undoubtedly, his answers will bring a measure of comfort and understanding to many people, while many others will not find them satisfying at all. However, the intelligence and sincerity that guided his quest are beyond dispute.
Quote: “The first time I went to Auschwitz, I was simply overwhelmed. I stood in Auschwitz-Birkenau on the train tracks that brought Jews from all over Europe to be gassed, burned, and turned to ash…. I saw the suitcases, the glasses, the hair. The Nazis kept everything. Everything was worth keeping except one thing: human life.”
One dissenting note: Rabbi Sacks said we cannot put the question to the victims of the Holocaust because they’re all dead. Almost all did die, but there were some survivors, a few of whom are still alive today. We can ask them.
Photo: The Jewish News of Northern California
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