Thursday, December 8, 2005
G-d's Lawyers, כביכול
The situation as far as religious observance in pre-WWII Europe is no secret. The vast majority of Jews, although Yiddish-speaking, were non-observant for the most part. Cities that we think were centers of Torah were actually centers of "culture", "enlightenment", and every social movement known to man. Chassidic centers were enclaves, havens from the outside secular world, and a Chassidic young man had a difficult time finding a match. As far as a human being could tell the situation was grave, Judaism was going to bankrupt soon.
So, the "thinkers" would tell you, G-d had "no choice but to bring the holocaust". The uprooting of Jewry from Europe to North America and Israel saved Religious Jewry from total extinction and allowed the few Religious ones to rebuild. Others will say that it was punishment for our sins, especially the cardinal sin of Zionism. (Was Socialism, Bundism, and Communism not as grave a sin as far as taking Jews off the path?)
So, my question is, couldn't G-d find some other way of "rebuilding", according to those people? Did the pride and joy of European Jewry have to be taken down with the rebuilding project? Those that say that it was a punishment will say that the good go down with the bad when G-d brings death and destruction, but to "rebuild" Jewry it had to happen too?
I read and watch anything I can get my hands on about the holocaust and the Pre-war situation as far as Jews are concerned. The loss is unimaginable, irreplaceable. I cannot believe that anybody who suffered and lost family speaks this way, it comes from those who managed to evade the suffering, but it has become "chic" to speak this way even amongst descendants of survivors. They say that it does not show a lack of concern or love for Jews, but what do I know, I don't see it that way.
Simpler times, simpler times........