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I don't have a lot of time now, but just a few thoughts: If he presented himself to the Rabbi as a non-Jew looking to convert, I would expect a lukewarm response at best. This is because Judaism does not proselytize, and is not interested in accepting converts unless they are strongly motivated to join the Jewish people and accept all of the responsibilities ...


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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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According to Rabbi Yissachar Shlomo Teichtal, author of Eim Habanim Smeicha, Hashem personally orchestrated it. For those unfamiliar with the book, he wrote it while hiding in Budapest, with all sources quoted from memory. He breaks from typical Chareidi thought and encourages aliyah. I will quote from the English translation, as that's the copy i own. It'...


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Presenting a strictly Chareidi point of view on this site is like walking into a minefield, but here goes. There were definitely religious leaders who were against instituting a special day to commemorate the Holocaust, but not all gave their reasoning. One reason that was given came from Rabbi Gedalia Schor as quoted in Meged Givos Olam. The author there ...


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B"H, the photos of the original follow. It was published at Kfar Chabad in 1977 based upon two talks of the Rebbe. One from Simchat Torah 1970 and the other from 11 Nisan, 1973. This is the link to the Rebbe's sicha in Yiddish from the 11th of Nisan 1973. The relevant section begins in the 3rd paragraph on page folio 22 and goes to page 25. Sichot Kodesh ...


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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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Even though it's an old question, still I would like to answer it, as my native country was heavily involved in this very sad historical event. One of the most important work on the issue is the essay of R' Tzvi Hirsch Meisels זצ"ל of Vác (Waitzen), who wrote in 1946 Kuntres Takanot Agunot right in the Bergen Belsen DP camp after the liberation (see original ...


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Wikipedia deals with the question: The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, in 1949, under the guidance of Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uziel and Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, decided that the Tenth of Tevet should be the national remembrance days for victims of the Holocaust. The Tenth of Tevet fast commemorates the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II. For this day, it ...


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Your friend does not need to join the tribe, because he is already part of the Jewish people. I suggest that your friend read some introductory material to learn about Judaism. I am sure there are some good introductory books in German. The only good German books I know of are Horeb by Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch and 19 Letters, by the same author, but ...


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Perhaps you mean vol IV, pg 124: We are struck dumb at the terrible destruction that has been visited upon us in our generation, and we ask ourselves: For what reason has God done this to us… What is this great wrath? Let us examine this. The entire period that preceded the destruction was a time when the burden of the exile was lightened upon the ...


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To expand on Kordovero's answer, Victor Goldschmidt Verlag, based in Bâle, has a decent catalogue of works on Judaism, including the above mentioned works of R' Hirsch as well as translations of the Torah, Siddur (Sefat Emet - Rödelheim and Schma Kolenu), Machzorim, and other assorted works. They also carry ritual items, although those should wait until your ...


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Gittin 56b seems the clearest example, and I have heard this quoted in regards to the Holocaust. Raban Yochanan ben Zakai, effectively chief rabbi of the Jews, is negotiating with the Roman Emperor Vespasian just outside of Jerusalem, shortly before the Romans attack the city (c. 70 CE): בעי מינאי מידי דאתן לך אמר ליה תן לי יבנה וחכמיה ושושילתא דרבן ...


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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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I might think that not all would agree on this matter. However, the psalmist seems very convinced that Jewish defeat and slaughter are very much in the hand of God. My Hebrew skills are not sufficient to say whether or not he suggests that "for your sake we are being killed" indicates that it is the reason that they are being targeted by their enemies or ...


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Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein briefly addresses this in his book "By His Light" (chapter 8). His general approach regarding the Holocaust is that we simply don't know: "... it may be preferable to leave the problem unresolved- even if it is multiplied six million times- than to accept any of these answers". The three 'answers' he says, are each unpalatable, ...


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A similar sentiment to Shmuel Brin’s answer. From this interview by Mr. Forst on Rabbi Chaim Michael Dov Weissmandl, transcribed here on pages 65-66. He says [Rabbi Forst] the nonreligious Jew questions God, the religious Jew questions man, society. ———


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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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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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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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Rabbi Silber, one of the Rabbonim in Baltimore, included a few responsa from the sefer as part of his kinnos morning shiur/program. (See page 29 of the sourcesheet: https://files.rabbisilber.com/Shiurim/Kinnos5777.pdf) Rabbi Silber clearly felt it was muttar to discuss the teshuvos, likely for the reason that the discussion takes on a more serious tone given ...


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It is an accepted idea to not buy any German cars, but I never heard of people not buying all German products. Anyway I don't think it has any halachic reasoning. It's just as a kind of silent protest of sorts. And between me and you, I think that if German cars were cheaper then a lot more people would be buying them.


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Jewish Virtual Library in the article entitled 'Ancient Jewish History: The Great Revolt (66-70 CE)' says:' . . . the Great Revolt of 66-70, followed some sixty years later by the Bar Kokhba revolt, were the greatest calamities in Jewish history prior to the Holocaust. In addition to the more than one million Jews killed, these failed rebellions led to the ...


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quoting from this website: ההכרעה אם המציאות בתקופת השואה היא בגדר "פיקוח נפש" או "שעת השמד" הייתה קשה מכיוון שהכרזה על שעה כ"שעת השמד" מחייבת ידיעה של כוונת המלכות, קרי כוונות הנאצים. אם הנאצים הכריזו מלחמת כליה על העם היהודי, הרי שזוהי שעה של "פיקוח נפש" בו שמירת החיים קודמת לשמירת המצוות, אך אם לצד ההשמדה הפיזית ביקשו הנאצים לקיים גם מאבק רוחני ...


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I would understand that it would be forbidden. The reponsa themselves go through dialetic discussions of halachic topics that are not germane to the seriousness of the day, but rather the intracacies of the halacha. While some responsa are indeed shocking and give an insight into the events of the Holocaust (this would be permitted), others discuss issues ...


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The ArtScroll Siddur has Keil Maleh for Jewish martyrs and for members of the IDF.


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firstly all these sorts of persecutions were predicted in the torah. ex. "And the Lord will scatter you among all the nations, from one end of the earth to the other; And among those nations, you will not be calm, nor will your foot find rest" deut.28 secondly, on the contrary the fact that the jews survived more than all other nations despite being the ...


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The Ohr Hachayim Hakadosh mentions the oft quoted verse of Eicha, From above does not come forth the bad. This full verse is actually quoting the unbeliever as saying that both the bad and the good does not come from above. However, it is read this way as a Drush, very often. The Medrash uses this verse to mean that good and evil is brought about by the ...


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Displaying publicly an egregious lack of taste is a halachik problem - in fact it probably qualifies as a chilul hashem (desecration of G-d's name) about which the general halachik rule is yehareg v'al yaavor (martyrdom rather than violation). Not to mention the emotional distress caused survivors or their descendents (as noted by Ray in a comment) is also a ...


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