Rabbi Dovid Sapirman’s book Emunah: A Refresher Course serves two distinct roles. It is on the one hand a terrific compilation of some of the clearest rationales for believing in Yiddishkeit, concisely and lucidly presented. This author, like many others, found it an enjoyable and enlightening read.
Until now, things seemed to be getting slowly better in our world. A post-Holocaust world made anti-Semitism a bad word in Europe and America and the Six Day War turned Israel into being a hero. That is no longer the case. Israel is vilified all over the world, and anti-Semitism is back in vogue in Europe. But the terror does not stop on
Where was Hashem?! How did He let it happen?! Am I supposed to believe that Hashem is merciful and kind?! I want to believe and trust in Hashem, but I am so confused? Having, Baruch Hashem, been involved in Jewish Education for many years, questions from students regarding emunah and bitachon are not new to me. Nevertheless, with the recent terrible tragedies in Eretz
The Shema is undoubtedly the most well known prayer in all of Judaism. You might call the Shema our “national anthem,” since it so fully encapsulates essential principles of Judaism. It is the first Jewish concept a child learns and the last words a person expresses on his deathbed. When we recite the Shema, we... Read more »
The difficult question of faith in God during and after the Holocaust has challenged many people for decades. The search for theological meaning for the destruction that descended upon the Jews of Europe is not a simple matter. Even if one intellectually grasps the reasons for the existence of suffering in this world, a sensitive heart still finds it hard to confront the Holocaust.