After Tragedy and Triumph: Essays in Modern Jewish Thought by Michael Berenbaum

By Michael Berenbaum

The tale of yank Jewry is inextricably entwined with the impressive defeat of the Holocaust and the rebirth of the country of Israel. besides the fact that, for Michael Berenbaum, and others of his new release, whose grownup cognizance integrated the warfare in Lebanon and the Palestinian Uprisings, the story is extra anguished, for the Jewish everyone is now divided, doubtful in regards to the implications of the earlier and the path in their destiny. Berenbaum explores the Jewish identification of this iteration, the 1st to mature after tragedy and triumph. He probes the Holocaust's effect on Jewish realization and the imprint of yankee tradition on Jewish identification. tough Zionism's traditional assumptions, he info American Jews' altering courting to Israel as he examines the tensions created inside Jewish culture among a historical past of victimization and the empowerment of Jews. whereas demonstrating that the safety of victory is one step from the ache of sufferers, even if the victors have lately emerged from the fireplace, Berenbaum holds out the wish of liberation for Judaism, protecting that 5 thousand years of background, with its bankruptcy of Holocaust and empowerment, supply a distinct beginning upon which to construct a destiny. Michael Berenbaum is Hymen Goldman Professor of Theology at Georgetown collage and undertaking Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. he's the writer or editor of a number of books, together with The imaginative and prescient of the Void: Theological Reflections at the Works of Elie Wiesel and The Holocaust: non secular and Political Implications (with John Roth).

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Each culture inevitably leaves its stamp on the past it remembers. The intersection of historical event and social need, what happened and what can be understood, leaves neither history nor society unchanged. This process is integral to what sociologists term the "civil religion" of a given society. Designing a Holocaust Museum in America will be far more difficult than planning Yad Vashem in Israel because the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum must address an audience that finds the tale itself alien.

In response to Cuddihy's critique, we must consider the factual basis for the Holocaust's uniqueness and the resistance to its centrality in contemporary Jewish consciousness. The Holocaust in Jewish History The discussion of the uniqueness and universality of the Holocaust in world history is accompanied by queries regarding the place of the Holocaust in Jewish history. The current discussion centers on two major questions: (1) Does the Holocaust occupy an excessively prominent position in contemporary Jewish consciousness, threatening to obscure the promise of Sinai, the triumph of Israel, and the totality of previous Jewish history?

Second, Bauer referred to the Western denial of the "War Against the Jews," which led to the failure to rescue. Third, Bauer alluded to international antisemitism, which seeks to deny the Holocaust altogether. We must separate the emotional elements of these arguments from their substantive components. Ironically, Bauer focuses on Carter when the responsibility for designing and implementing the mu- 22 I. THE HOLOCAUST IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA seum has been delegated to the Holocaust Memorial Council, which consistently emphasized the uniqueness of the Jewish experience.

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