Faith and the Holocaust
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שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #01: Faith and the Holocaust - General Introduction I belong to the "third generation" – namely, those whose grandparents survived the Holocaust - and I have never even set foot in Poland or Germany. Nevertheless, I find that an opportunity to grapple with the spiritual, psychological and ideological aspects of the Holocaust is one of those rare occasions where teaching also becomes a personal journey.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #02: Before the Holocaust CRISES AND TURMOIL: A review of the situation of European Jewry prior to the Holocaust usually creates the impression of outstanding vitality and creativity.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #03: "Da'at Torah" and Faith in the Sages – The Orthodox Perception of History in the Wake of the Holocaust In the previous lecture we examined some of Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman's statements prior to the Holocaust.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #04a: Rav Dessler's Second Thoughts We concluded the previous lecture by noting that despite his conservative position, negating any ideological innovation or criticism, even Rav Dessler does take a new look at the history of the Jewish nation in the modern era, prior to the Holocaust and following it.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #04b: Redemption in Radical Ultra-Orthodox Thought Rabbi Dessler's unwillingness to admit any ideological change is not only the result of philosophical conservatism.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #04c: The Satmar Rebbe's Understanding of the Reason for the Holocaust Like Rabbi Wasserman, the Satmar Rebbe also perceives Jewish history as moving along a fixed track in accordance with rigid laws of reward and punishment, and nothing else.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #05a: The Holocaust as a Divine Punishment Part 1 In the previous lectures, I presented the theological position that prevails among the main sectors of the Charedi public, according to which the Holocaust should be regarded as a punishment for sins.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #05b: The Holocaust as a Divine Punishment Part 2 Let us address, on the theoretical level, the structure of the argument for "just retribution," i.e., the claim that suffering is the justified result of prior sin.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #05c: The Holocaust as a Divine Punishment Part 3 We have examined two points of "secondary theology" employed by Rabbi Chaim Zimmerman in his attempt to "justify the ways of God to man."
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #06: The Rebbe of Belz and Rav Teichtal on the Holocaust This time we will be comparing the written views of Rabbi Aharon Rokeach of Belz and Rabbi Yissakhar Dov Teichtal.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #07a: A Zionist Change of Heart – Rabbi Teichtal Hy"d Part 1 This shiur will be devoted to Rabbi Teichtal and his monumental work, "Em ha-Banim Semekha."
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #07b: A Zionist Change of Heart – Rabbi Teichtal Hy"d Part 2 Rabbi Teichtal understands the difficulty in accepting a true ideology from "negative" sources, and he addresses this difficulty at length in his book.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Shiur #08a: Rabbi Teichtal's Perception of the Holocaust (Part 1) In the previous lecture, we looked at the way in which Rabbi Teichtal justifies – ideologically and halakhically – his change of position, and the fundamental legitimacy he awards to changing one's religious world-view.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #08b: Rabbi Teichtal's Perception of the Holocaust (Part 2) In the mist of the terrible war years, based on sources that he quoted from memory, Rabbi Teichtal attempted to imbue the horrifying destruction of European Jewry with religious meaning.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #08c: Rabbi Teichtal's World View: Conservative or Innovative? I shall now attempt to summarize some of the main elements of Rabbi Teichtal's world view.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #09a: The Holocaust in the Teachings of Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam of Sanz-Klausenburg (Part 1) We shall now address the philosophy of the Rebbe of Sanz-Klausenburg, which was formulated in the wake of the Holocaust and as the conclusion that he drew from it.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #09b: The Holocaust in the Teachings of Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam of Sanz-Klausenburg (Part 2) Let us introduce our ideological discussion with a number of short articles by the Rebbe of Sanz-Klausenburg, in which he gives expression to his view of the relationship between the Holocaust and Zionism.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #10: The Rebbe of Sanz-Klausenberg's Sermons on Zionism after the Holocaust The festivals afford rabbis and teachers opportunities to discuss ideological and moral issues stemming from each holiday.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #11a: The Rebbe of Sanz-Klausenburg's Teachings on Love of Fellow Jews and Relations with Irreligious Jews in the Wake of the Holocaust (Part 1) In the previous lectures we saw that, in the wake of the Holocaust, the Rebbe of Sanz-Klausenburg changed his opinion regarding Zionism and aliya to Israel.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #11b: The Rebbe of Sanz-Klausenburg's Teachings on Love of Fellow Jews and Relations with Irreligious Jews in the Wake of the Holocaust (Part 2) Later in the sermon we have been discussing, the Rebbe offers a further, fundamental justification for his social approach, likewise connected to the Holocaust.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #12a: Jewish Identity and the Significance of the Holocaust in the Teachings of the Rebbe of Slonim (Part 1) Rabbi Shalom Noach Berezovsky, the Rebbe of Slonim zt"l and the leader of Slonim chassidut in Israel during the decades following the Holocaust, passed away only several years ago in 5760.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #12b: Jewish Identity and the Significance of the Holocaust in the Teachings of the Rebbe of Slonim (Part 2) Given the Slonimer Rebbe's approach to kiddush Hashem in the Holocaust, we are still left with two fundamental questions.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #13a: Remembrance of the Holocaust in the Teachings of the Rebbe of Slonim (Netivot Shalom) (Part 1) In this lecture, we will examine additional excerpts from the booklet Ha-Haruga Aleikha by the Rebbe of Slonim.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #13b: Remembrance of the Holocaust in the Teachings of the Rebbe of Slonim (Netivot Shalom) (Part 2) The ultra-Orthodox manner of Holocaust remembrance is the mirror image of that common in Israel.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #14: Netivot Shalom on Suffering and Evil In the previous lecture, we studied the approach of the Rebbe of Slonim, author of Netivot Shalom, to the memory of the Holocaust.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #15a: The Shoah in the Teachings of Rabbi Barukh Yehoshua Rabinowitz (Part 1) The story of Rabbi Barukh Rabinowitz and his work – "Binat Nevonim" – illuminates yet another aspect of the unique religious significance of the Holocaust.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #15b: The Shoah in the Teachings of Rabbi Barukh Yehoshua Rabinowitz (Part 2) The central question of faith with regard to the Holocaust concerns God's presence in the midst of the suffering.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #16a: "Hester Panim" and God's Presence in the Holocaust Part 1 In the previous shiur, we examined Rabbi Rabinowitz's inspiring description of Jews who experienced the revelation of God's Presence in the midst of their hellish reality during the Holocaust.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #16b: "Hester Panim" and God's Presence in the Holocaust Part 2 Rabbi Rabinowitz wrote his Binat Nevonim some forty years after giving up his position as Rebbe of Munkacs, and he makes no claim that his book presents a specifically Chassidic world-view.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Tamir Granot Lecture #17a: Dealing with the Suffering of the Holocaust - the Teachings of the Rebbe of Piaseczno, author of "Esh Kodesh" (Part 1 of 2) In a previous lecture addressing the teachings of Rav Teichtal, author of "Em Ha-Banim Semecha," I commented on the difference between the nature of Rav Teichtal's reaction to the Holocaust and that of the Rebbe of Piaseczno.

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