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Paradigmatic Thinking and Holocaust Theology

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Using the example of the wartime writings of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Ehrenreich (Transylvania, 1863–1944), the author examines how traditionally oriented thinkers approached the problems posed by the Nazi persecutions of the Jews during World War ii. The author argues that the notion of paradigmatic thinking is helpful in describing ultra-Orthodox responses to the Holocaust as it aptly captures the fundamental premise behind the interpretive perspective that enabled these thinkers to uphold the traditional understanding of theodicy and the covenantal relationship between God and Israel.

Affiliations: 1: Indiana UniversityBloomington,


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