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Through the Shadowed Valley

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Our Jewish turn from messianic modernism has pivoted on the Holocaust and our response to it. The author seeks to probe its spiritual footings afresh by analyzing the many anomalies of our religious discussion of the Holocaust. Socially and theologically, Jews could not easily discuss the theological implications of the Holocaust, even had they been so inclined. The form that our ensuing theological debates took shows them to be a continuation of our ongoing arguments about how best to modernize Judaism. Richard Rubenstein's collection of articles entitled After Auschwitz defined much of the discussion. He contended that the Holocaust had made it impossible for a responsible person any longer to believe in the God of the Covenant, the One he said Judaism considered "the ultimate, omnipotent actor in history". The sages of biblical-rabbinic Judaism had intimately identified the Covenant with God's justice.

Keywords: After Auschwitz; God's justice; Judaism; messianic modernism; Richard Rubenstein's collection; theological debates



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