By Steven L. Jacobs
This ebook addresses the religion of a member of the "Second new release" - the offspring of the unique survivors of the Shoah. it's a re-evaluation of these different types of religion significant to the Jewish non secular event in mild of the Shoah: God, Covenant, Prayer, Halakhah and Mitzvot, Life-Cycle, competition Cycle, Israel and Zionism, and Christianity from the point of view of a kid of a survivor.
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Covenant 27 Our freedom to survive in this post-Shoah world as a particularlistic community, always willing to learn from our past but no longer afraid to move beyond it in thought and action, now depends upon our examination of the Shoah with all of its implications with eyes, hearts, minds, and souls open wide. For us Jews at the end of the twentieth century, it is the one phenomenon we cannot ignore if we are to fully prepare ourselves to meet and greet the twenty-first century. Having now addressed both God and covenant-chosenness, we now turn to the concept of prayer, the way in which we humans, especially we Jews, have long sought to communicate with the God whom we always believed communicated with us.
Acknowledgment of these verities and acceptance of their unalterable and, to my way of thinking, eternal realities should produce in us a true sense of both our place and our role in the "grand scheme of things" in this universe. Be we arrogant or humble, presumptuous or modest, stiff-necked or flexible, powerful or powerless, ego centered or other centered, self-serving or self-effacing, the life's journey common to all humanity is the same. Endowed with the possibility to shorten both our own journey as well as that of others, continually tantalized by the scientific possibility of lengthening that same journey, the result will always be the same: We are not God or gods; we will not live forever.
What other, equally problematic questions present themselves vis-it-vis the Jewish experience when juxtaposed with the enormity of the Shoah? Cavalier dismissal of the questions and the questioner will not provoke either to go away; responding directly to the challenges presented can only further the cause of Judaism and the Jewish People. " The constraints of the past by 10 Rethinking Jewish Faith which the Jewish people has bound itself to itself, its traditions, and its God have been rendered asunder, perhaps for all time, by the realities of the Shoah.
Rethinking Jewish Faith: The Child of a Survivor Responds by Steven L. Jacobs