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Jewish Responses to the Holocaust

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Jewish Responses to the Holocaust Yr 9 Assessment 1a. Some Jews believed that God had "abandoned" them during and after the Holocaust. They believed this because beliefs claim that a Covenant was made between the Jewish religion and God to make sure Jews would go to the promise land if they were to trust and obey the Lord God. If this were true then the Jews were being betrayed and God had broken the Covenant between them. I personally believe that God did not abandon the Jews and that he was testing them as he did with Jobe. (See Jobe's story in the Bible) In the tale of Jobe God was testing Jobe's faith and making sure that not matter what happened he still believed and enforced the Lord God. The Holocaust was the slaughter of roughly six million Jews in Nazi, Germany. This tested the faith of many and caused the death of millions however I do not think God abandoned them, I think he was merely testing their religion and trust to him. ...read more.


Could it be another test? I think religious faith guided the people in harm because when they were feeling their lowest they had someone to turn to and "answer their prayers." They needed to keep the faith to believe and still have trust in someone. If you can't trust someone who is perfect who can you trust! God is amazing and to have someone like that as a hero is very guiding...you can admire him and worship him and feel better about yourself and others. d. It was possible to put God on trial and still worship Him because he is the one you have spent your whole life following you are not likely to turn this away and try for a second life. He is like you or I and he is our kind so we worship him like one of us. We put Him on trial for our disagreement for what he had done however this does not mean he was wrong just that we did not agree with it and that we believed it to be a disaster to the Jewish religion. ...read more.


I think if you are a true believer, such a Jobe, you will be rewarded in life and that your honesty will take an effect for good. Other people may think that God is betraying them by the Holocaust and mass slaughter of the Jews and that he is going against there agreement in the Covenant. I personally believe he is testing the Jews and that he will reward them in their "second life." Another group of people may not like to think of the Holocaust, as though it had never happened. I also don't agree. I think we live in a real world where people come and go but we have to accept it. In conclusion I think that * Throughout time Jews have suffered the torment of slavery, death and murder but the Holocaust being the worst of them all was when God was put on trial. * I personally believe he is testing the Jews and that he will reward them in their "second life." * I think we live in a real world where people come and go but we have to accept it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Charlie Rafferty 9.2.1 16th June 2004 ...read more.

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