A Brief Note On The And The Holocaust

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Theodicy and the Holocaust The Holocaust was the defining event of the modern era for Judaism. It changed the Jewish community’s perception of the world, as well as the world’s perception of the Jewish community. It cost six million people their lives, eliminating about one third of the Jewish population. Mankind witnessed the most destructive act of evil it has ever seen. Evil, in fact, seems an understatement. The horrors of the Holocaust are inexplicable, ever more so for those that did not experience it. "But even after such an event, the faith of the Jewish people is strong perhaps stronger now than it ever has been before. Still, for the believer it is often difficult to reconcile the notion of an all power God with the Holocaust,…show more content…
"But if your heart turns away... I declare to you this day that you shall certainly perish.” God is a God of justice and goodness punishing those who do not live an ethical life. It seems, from reading the "bible that His existence is intertwined with the lives of humans and (acts in history by destroying the sinners and causing the righteous to prosper. That God will ensure that the good accrue fortune and the bad suffer. In the words of Isaiah, “I will requite to the world its evil, and to the wicked their iniquity.” "but if this is what the "bible tells us of God, why does He not put a stop to the bad? For the faithful it is often difficult to reconcile this portrayal of God with the acts of evil we witness and read about in history. Why does fortune accrue to sinners and unwarranted suffering to the innocent? Why do God’s people - the Israelites - continue to suffer throughout all of time? How did a good and omnipotent God not interfere in the extermination of six million: or one third, of His people during the Holocaust? In the words of Richard Rubenstein, there is an apparent “conflict between faith and reason.” Since the Hebrew "bible does not offer a simple answer to such inquiries, believers throughout history have attempted to provide their own rational explanations. The philosophical and ethical attempt to justify the existence of God in light of such

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