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This is a very broad and deep topic; the whole book of Job struggles with bad things happening to good people. After a lot of talk (and Job's friends trying to be helpful by saying "oh Job, obviously it's punishment for some sin you did, silly boy", and both Job and G-d telling them to go jump in a lake), the conclusion appears to be that it's beyond human ...


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there is a world of difference. Judaism places man on the highest pedestal possible "In the 'image' of God He created man" (Genesis 1:27) Nazis viewed Jews as vermins and pests which must be exterminated. Likewise in Pirkei Avot chapter 3 regarding all of mankind: Rabbi Akiva used to say: Beloved is man that he was created in the image of G-d; an ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe said to many survivors that from the Holocaust we see that one cannot rely on human feelings of morality. Until the Holocaust, many thought that the more cultured one was, the more intellectual one was, the more moral one would be. With the Holocaust, the entire Modern Western culture was shown to false. Scientists and Musicians either ...


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I know that one (perhaps the foremost one) urging that the Allies bomb the tracks was R' Michael Dov Weissmandl zt"l. If I recall correctly, he also urged that the camps themselves be bombed too; if that's true, then there you'd have a notable halachic authority who would permit (indeed advocate) this course of action.


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According to Rabbi Herschel Welcher, "the majority by numbers and structure [rov minyan urov binyan]" of great rabbis concluded, post-Holocaust, that the world is too dangerous a place without a Jewish state. After several national calamities, there have been fervent Messianic hopes/expectations, which happened as well in the late twentieth century (mostly ...


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Per this link http://www.torahlab.org/calendar/article/is_there_another_torah/ Today the Maharam’s Torah is in the Aron Kodesh of the famous Alt-neu shul in Prague.


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The meshech chochmah, writing decades before the holocaust, describes the pattern of Jewish History. He explains how the Jews first arrive at a place and focus on Torah and mitzvos, but then later generations become comfortable, and begin slacking off in observance and forgetting they're in exile. Eventually this reaches the point that they are exiled again. ...


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Chayim K'halacha question 223 - Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Blizinsky - says a Kohain may go on the paths that lead to Auschwitz however may not enter the area where the incinerators are.


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Since you're interested in the "secular" explanations for anti-Semitism, I suggest you learn about the history of anti-Semitism. There are countless good books on this subject. I am not a historian, but I am familiar with some of the historical literature on this topic. So I will give you a brief explanation of my understanding of why the Nazis hated and ...


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The main point of Smicha is to prove that you know Halacha. Many famous poskim (who didn't work as official city Rabbonim) didn't have Smicha until needed (by government etc.) Therefore, if one is knowledgeable enough to pasken, he should be able to pass a rudimentary Smicha test. If he doesn't, he can't pasken even if he has Smicha.


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You are asking why bad things happen to good people if God is omnipotent and could therefore stop it. But if He does, then what happens to free will? This is too big a topic for a Q&A site. The topic you're looking for is called "theodicy".


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I can't vouch for the reliability of this source, but the story is found in Warren Kozak, The Rabbi of 84th Street: The Extraordinary Life of Haskel Besser (HarperCollins, 2004), pp. 176-7 (cited in the Wikipedia article on the Shanghai Ghetto): When the Germans pressed the Japanese to turn over the entire Jewish community [in Shanghai], the Japanese ...


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http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/332485/jewish/The-Holocaust.htm http://www.sichosinenglish.org/books/as-a-new-day-breaks/11.htm http://www.sichosinenglish.org/books/i-will-show-you-wonders/02.htm http://www.sichosinenglish.org/books/through-the-eyes-of-a-woman/44.htm The simple reason is that we don't know why because we have limited human ...


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The Talmud, in discussing Iyov (Bava Basra 16b), quotes Rava: אין אדם נתפס בשעת צערו A person is not liable (lit. trapped) [for what he says] during a moment of pain.


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Historians look at causes of anti-semitism, whether it is in reference to the Holocaust or whether it is with reference to earlier or more recent attacks on Jews. Historians generally will say there were six causes of anti-semitism: •Economic: Jews are hated because they possess too much wealth and power. •Chosen People: Jews are hated because they ...


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See here for an article by Howard Shultz, chairman of Starbucks, describing his meeting with Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, in which the latter teaches him "the lesson of the Holocaust." "Okay, gentlemen, let me tell you the essence of the human spirit. "As you know, during the Holocaust, the people were transported in the worst possible, inhumane ...


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Rabbi Ephraim Oshry's son is the Rov in a shul in my neighborhood. He told me a short time ago that the family was working on republishing his father's works. I don't know what the schedule is but I assume you can contact him directly to find out. The shul is Khal Beth Avrohom on East 17th Street in Brooklyn.


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Yevamot 61b: Mishnah: One may not desist from reproduction unless he has children. Bais Shamai say two males, Bais Hillel say one male and one female, as it says (Berashis ch. 5) “He created them male and female” Gemorah: Bais Shamai says: two males. What is the reason for Bais Shamai’s position? We learn from Moshe as it says (Divrai Hayamim 1 ch. 29) ...


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January 27th is probably the most universally accepted non-Jewish holocaust remembrance day. It is the anniversary of the day that Soviet Troop liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. It was designated by the UN in 2005 and as of 2004 at least 12 countries have some type of official observance on this day. Israel has designated this day, not as a holocaust ...


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In many ways the author of the article is correct. The holocaust is just one of many Jewish tragedies that ever after changed the course of Jewish history and Jewish practice. The article makes mention of the first of such historical events, such as the attack of Amalek against the Jewish people, which was the first time that the Jewish people were in a ...


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You asked: Do Jews think that Jewish culture differences caused them to be singled out by Nazism? Jews believe that ultimately Gcd runs the world and He causes kings (and leaders) to like or dislike the Jews. Though we do not fully understand God's reasoning, we have been taught that when the Jews do not behave as expected of them, then Gcd punishes ...


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Why do we not say Hallel on Purim? It says in Megilla 14a that one of the reasons why Purim you do not say hallel is. "The miracle had no connection to the land of Israel, unlike the other holidays." (Look at the Gemorah or the link for more reasons why you do not say hallel on Purim which can connect to this question.)


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That doesn't seem to be a comprehensive explanation, as there were plenty of German Jews who observed next to nothing vis-a-vis Judaism. They didn't keep a kosher diet, they called themselves "Germans of a Mosaic Persuasion", and yet the Nazis wanted to kill them all anyhow.


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I don't think its a question of chiyuv (obligation) but more of a moral feeling towards his students. When they heard that he is coming back they were probably inspired and rejuvenated etc. Which could of enabled his students to continue life. in addition noone really knew the real situation in Europe then.


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This does not completely answer your question, but I see two parts in your question. One, why a new date, Yom HaShoah, was selected as opposed to established national days of mourning, i.e., tisha b'av, and two, why this particular date. As to the first question, and I don't have my sources available right now, although we do have established dates (the ...


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It can be compared to why Hashem punished Pharaoh for enslaving the Jews if it was Hashem who made them slaves in Egypt in the first place? The answer is that even though Hashem decreed that the Jews would be slaves, Pharaoh of his own free will treated them excessively harsh and that was what he was punished for. So even though Hashem put the Jews at the ...


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I've heard it as well; the version I heard is that a Japanese officer had called in one of the students who had fled with the Mir yeshiva from Mir, Eastern Europe, to Shanghai. "Why do the Germans want us to ship you back?" "Because we're Asian." My understanding is that part of the geopolitics involved Shanghai being an internationalized city as a result ...



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