After the Darkness: Revisiting Post-Holocaust Theology & Ethics
Hadar Fall Lecture Series
Fifty years ago Rabbi Yitz Greenberg declared that "no statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would not be credible in the presence of burning children." So what, if anything, can we say in the wake of the Shoah? In this series, we'll explore the main currents of post-Holocaust Jewish theology through thinkers like Richard Rubenstein, Eliezer Berkovits, Yitz Greenberg, Emil Fackenheim, and Melissa Raphael; and we'll investigate how philosophers of religion grapple with the problem of evil. But rather than just analyze their thought, we'll also ask what Jewish theology in the present moment can and should say - and can't and shouldn't say - about grappling with God in the wake of the Shoah.
Rabbi Shai Held is President and Dean at Hadar. He is completing work on his next book, Judaism is About Love (forthcoming). His most recent book, The Heart of Torah, a collection of essays on the Torah in two volumes, was published in 2017.