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The Holocaust

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The Holocaust A02 Question: Explain how the experience of the Holocaust might affect the faith of a Jew. (7 marks) The Holocaust also known by Jews as "Shoah" was a tragic time in Jewish history whereby 6 million Jews were killed. The event poses deep questions about the nature of God, evil and reasons for suffering. Many Jews ask how and why God let this happen. The Shoah really tested many Jews' believe in God. Judaism teaches God created everything. So therefore did God created evil? Surely God is all loving and therefore created evil for a purpose but what is it? The covenant relationship made between God and Abraham states that if Jews obey the mitzvoth and the 10 commandments and serve God, God will in return protect them and provide them with the Promised Land. Why did he not protect them here? Was the promise broken is what some Jews might say. ...read more.

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Therefore their faith in God may have been greatly weakened and broken by the event. On example of a Jew greatly affected by the Holocaust in a negative way is Elie Wiesel. He was deported to Auschwitz as a teenager and therefore suffered the traumatic time but came out as a survivor. In his book entitled "Night" he says boldly, " For the survivors death is not the problem. We learned to live with the death. The problem is to adjust to life". His accounts of anger with God are among the most powerful to emerge from the Shoah. An extremely powerful line of his book is, "Never shall I forget those moments which murdered by God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust". Elie Wiesel has lost all hope and positive thoughts about God which can be evidently seen through his writing. ...read more.

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He feels lucky for surviving the tragic event and sees it as a blessing from God that he was chosen to survive. He describes survivors as "chosen people" by God. Lastly the question of why God allowed evil and suffering is explored in the Bible in the book of Job where God took away everything from Job yet his faith remained strong. Why did God do this; either as a test of his faith or as punishment. Job kept his faith strong no matter what the reason. Jews may follow this as an example of how to behave. So therefore to conclude the faith of individual Jews has been affected in different ways by the Holocaust. Some have experience positively from the event and have increased faith in God whereas for others their faith has weakened as they question the presence of God at the time. Does the Holocaust go against what Judaism teaches about the role of God? Fatema Merali 11M ...read more.

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