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There is a controversial analogy attributed to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, in which the Shoah is looked upon as a surgical procedure, with God being likened to a surgeon who removes a limb in the best interests of his patient. I refer to it as "controversial" only because it has inspired argument and debate, and not as a value judgment. I would like to see it, however, in print.

My research into this question has so far yielded the following results:

  1. The initial publication, either by the Rebbe or quoting the Rebbe, was in an issue of Mada' veEmunah (Kfar Chabad: Makhon Lubavitch, 1980).
  2. MK Haika Grossman (who took part in the Białystok Ghetto Uprising of 1943) was offended by the Rebbe's analogy and published a response on August 22nd the same year in a left-wing paper called Al haMishmar.
  3. The Rebbe saw Mrs Grossman's response to him and replied, both defending his analogy and attempting to explain it, on August 28th (16th Elul). His response has been published in Liqqutei Sikhot XXI (פרשת יתרו - הוספות), pp397-400pp397-400.

My sources for the foregoing include a very strongly-worded article by Prof. Yehuda Bauer (here), Prof. Bauer's subsequent article in Haaretz (translated here), and two responses to that article: one by R' Eliezer Shemtov (translated here) and the other published at chabad.info.

Let me be very clear what I am asking for and what I am not asking for.

I want to see the original article, which was published in Mada' veEmunah, to which Mrs Grossman responded in August of that year and to which the Rebbe subsequently made reference one week later.

I am not asking for people's opinions on the validity or the cogency of this analogy, on the Lubavitcher Rebbe or on Prof. Yehuda Bauer.

There is a controversial analogy attributed to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, in which the Shoah is looked upon as a surgical procedure, with God being likened to a surgeon who removes a limb in the best interests of his patient. I refer to it as "controversial" only because it has inspired argument and debate, and not as a value judgment. I would like to see it, however, in print.

My research into this question has so far yielded the following results:

  1. The initial publication, either by the Rebbe or quoting the Rebbe, was in an issue of Mada' veEmunah (Kfar Chabad: Makhon Lubavitch, 1980).
  2. MK Haika Grossman (who took part in the Białystok Ghetto Uprising of 1943) was offended by the Rebbe's analogy and published a response on August 22nd the same year in a left-wing paper called Al haMishmar.
  3. The Rebbe saw Mrs Grossman's response to him and replied, both defending his analogy and attempting to explain it, on August 28th (16th Elul). His response has been published in Liqqutei Sikhot XXI (פרשת יתרו - הוספות), pp397-400.

My sources for the foregoing include a very strongly-worded article by Prof. Yehuda Bauer (here), Prof. Bauer's subsequent article in Haaretz (translated here), and two responses to that article: one by R' Eliezer Shemtov (translated here) and the other published at chabad.info.

Let me be very clear what I am asking for and what I am not asking for.

I want to see the original article, which was published in Mada' veEmunah, to which Mrs Grossman responded in August of that year and to which the Rebbe subsequently made reference one week later.

I am not asking for people's opinions on the validity or the cogency of this analogy, on the Lubavitcher Rebbe or on Prof. Yehuda Bauer.

There is a controversial analogy attributed to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, in which the Shoah is looked upon as a surgical procedure, with God being likened to a surgeon who removes a limb in the best interests of his patient. I refer to it as "controversial" only because it has inspired argument and debate, and not as a value judgment. I would like to see it, however, in print.

My research into this question has so far yielded the following results:

  1. The initial publication, either by the Rebbe or quoting the Rebbe, was in an issue of Mada' veEmunah (Kfar Chabad: Makhon Lubavitch, 1980).
  2. MK Haika Grossman (who took part in the Białystok Ghetto Uprising of 1943) was offended by the Rebbe's analogy and published a response on August 22nd the same year in a left-wing paper called Al haMishmar.
  3. The Rebbe saw Mrs Grossman's response to him and replied, both defending his analogy and attempting to explain it, on August 28th (16th Elul). His response has been published in Liqqutei Sikhot XXI (פרשת יתרו - הוספות), pp397-400.

My sources for the foregoing include a very strongly-worded article by Prof. Yehuda Bauer (here), Prof. Bauer's subsequent article in Haaretz (translated here), and two responses to that article: one by R' Eliezer Shemtov (translated here) and the other published at chabad.info.

Let me be very clear what I am asking for and what I am not asking for.

I want to see the original article, which was published in Mada' veEmunah, to which Mrs Grossman responded in August of that year and to which the Rebbe subsequently made reference one week later.

I am not asking for people's opinions on the validity or the cogency of this analogy, on the Lubavitcher Rebbe or on Prof. Yehuda Bauer.

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Lubavitcher Rebbe on the Shoah

There is a controversial analogy attributed to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, in which the Shoah is looked upon as a surgical procedure, with God being likened to a surgeon who removes a limb in the best interests of his patient. I refer to it as "controversial" only because it has inspired argument and debate, and not as a value judgment. I would like to see it, however, in print.

My research into this question has so far yielded the following results:

  1. The initial publication, either by the Rebbe or quoting the Rebbe, was in an issue of Mada' veEmunah (Kfar Chabad: Makhon Lubavitch, 1980).
  2. MK Haika Grossman (who took part in the Białystok Ghetto Uprising of 1943) was offended by the Rebbe's analogy and published a response on August 22nd the same year in a left-wing paper called Al haMishmar.
  3. The Rebbe saw Mrs Grossman's response to him and replied, both defending his analogy and attempting to explain it, on August 28th (16th Elul). His response has been published in Liqqutei Sikhot XXI (פרשת יתרו - הוספות), pp397-400.

My sources for the foregoing include a very strongly-worded article by Prof. Yehuda Bauer (here), Prof. Bauer's subsequent article in Haaretz (translated here), and two responses to that article: one by R' Eliezer Shemtov (translated here) and the other published at chabad.info.

Let me be very clear what I am asking for and what I am not asking for.

I want to see the original article, which was published in Mada' veEmunah, to which Mrs Grossman responded in August of that year and to which the Rebbe subsequently made reference one week later.

I am not asking for people's opinions on the validity or the cogency of this analogy, on the Lubavitcher Rebbe or on Prof. Yehuda Bauer.