By Michael Goldberg
Within the fifty years because the Holocaust, the Jewish humans have felt one overriding predicament: survival. The ghosts of the murdered six million, in addition to the dwelling new release of survivors, have referred to as out the unifying chant, "never again." In 1948, this situation chanced on a moment concentration within the kingdom of Israel, the last word safe haven of Jews all over the world. yet Rabbi Michael Goldberg unearths that those dual pillars of Jewish id are brittle, and feature already started to fall apart; they won't be adequate to help or maintain the subsequent new release. The time has come to reply to the query: Why should still Jews survive?
during this provocative publication, Goldberg launches a daring assault on what he calls the "Holocaust cult," difficult Jews to come back to a deeper, richer feel of objective. He argues that this cult--with shrines just like the U.S. Holocaust Museum, excessive monks corresponding to Elie Wiesel, and rites like UJA loss of life camp pilgrimages--is deeply damaging of Jewish id. because the present "master tale" of Judaism, Goldberg writes, the Holocaust has been used to depict Jews as uniquely victimized in human history--transforming them from God's selected to those that have the ability to live on regardless of God's silent complicity of their persecution. This Holocaust-centered, survival-for-survival's-sake Judaism is already displaying its vacancy, Goldberg contends; the iteration that survived Hitler and based Israel is demise, and the hot iteration turns out adrift (for example, one contemporary survey predicts that 70% of yank Jewish marriages can be intermarriages by means of the flip of the century). Jews desire positive purposes for last Jewish, he argues; they should go back to the Exodus as their grasp story--the tale of God top the Jews out of slavery and making with them an everlasting covenant that gave the Jews a distinct position in God's plan. The Jews may still live to tell the tale, Goldberg concludes, simply because they're the linchpin in God's redemption of the world.
Rabbi Michael Goldberg has lengthy wrestled with the challenge of id dealing with state-of-the-art Jewish group. In Why may still Jews Survive?, he offers a provocative and powerfully argued problem to the dominant subject matter of contemporary Jewish notion.
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Extra resources for Why Should Jews Survive?: Looking Past the Holocaust Toward a Jewish Future
In that essay, he cautions that we must distinguish between genocide and ethnicide. He characterizes ethnicide as the intent to destroy a group's national, religious, or ethnic identity—but not necessarily the physical bearers of that identity. 17 Katz explodes the claim that the Holocaust must be judged oneof-a-kind simply in sheer numerical terms. He convincingly shows that the percentage of American Indians killed by whites roughly equals the proportion of Jews murdered by Hitler. "18 Is there any way, then, in which the Holocaust can be considered unique?
If the Jewish People is to survive, such survival rests in its own hands and in its own armed hands alone. At Sinai, Jews are offered the chance to be a people who serve God by being in service to the world. Hence, the Exodus narrative ultimately bears a world-encompassing hope. By contrast, what the Holocaust holds out to both Jews and world is a hope-less story. The public proclamation read at the outset of the observance implied that the Holocaust should command not only Jews' attention, but also that of the world.
9 Night testifies eloquently to "what is no longer"—the warm, traditional, religious world inhabited by Wiesel and other Eastern European Jews before the Nazi onslaught. Night derives much of its poignancy by telling not merely of murdered Jews, but also of those Jews' murdered world. In our post-Holocaust era, a time when so many take the death of God for granted, testi- 26 WHY SHOULD JEWS SURVIVE? " Ironically, that world, one with no use for God or Jewish tradition and focused almost exclusively on the use of power, is one in which the Nazis might feel quite at home.
Why Should Jews Survive?: Looking Past the Holocaust Toward a Jewish Future by Michael Goldberg