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In search of a meaningful response to the Holocaust: Reflections on Fackenheim’s 614th commandment

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Arguably, the most dreadful chapter in the history of radical evil is the Nazi Holocaust, an event that took place in a country whose intellectual, artistic, and cultural achievements were of unquestionable beauty and brilliance. Fackenheim's 614th commandment is thus in keeping with the traditional Midrashic obligation to survive as a Jew in order that the Messianic promise of God to man may be fulfilled. Indeed, In the post-Auschwitz world the resistance finds expression through a human driven Tikkun that is believed to be not only necessary but also possible, even if we can only hope for but not count upon, a Tikkun. If Israel is a free and independent state it is not simply because Jews require a safe haven from persecution, but because Jews have chosen to re-build the house of David and return to Jerusalem in order that the Messianic promise can be fulfilled.

Keywords: Fackenheim's 614th commandment; Jerusalem; Jewish resistance; Messianic promise; Nazi Holocaust; Tikkun



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