Professor Berkovits has written passionately about G-d and the Holocaust, about good and evil, about faith in the face of darkest oppression. He raises, of course, the well-known questions: What is our attitute toward G-d and his abstention from involvement in the tragedy of European Jewry? His noninterference in bloody acts of history in the past? His hiddenness as man is confronted by poverty, war, and injustice? In his analysis of the problems and his approach to them, professor Berkovits is most original. Placing the Holocaust into the context of the world history of the Jewish people, he brings to bear upon his subject the classical tradition and wisdom of Judaism, thus leading his theme up to the Jewish people's return to Zion and Jerusalem. Is G-d present in victory and absent in defeat? Victory, as in the Six Day War, does not neccessarily prove divine involvement any more than dread defeat, as in the crematoria, is prove divine indifference. Where does man's responsibility end history and where does G-d's begin? Professor Berkovits answers the exponents of the new theology and the G-d-is-dead proponents. Showing how may affirm his faith even when confronted with G-d's awesome silence, the book is an urgent plea for survival, not only of the Jewish people but of the entire human race that in this holocaust world is threatened with the "Final Solution."
by Eliezer Berkovits
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