JEWISH PHILOSOPHY AFTER THE HOLOCAUST
with Jason Schulman, Ph.D. candidate in American Jewish History
at Emory University
This discussion based class will look at the Holocaust’s impact on Jewish philosophy. We will examine three different “problems” the Holocaust poses for Jewish philosophy.
Mondays July 9 and 16 at 7:00 pm at the DCJCC
FREE with RSVP
Light Dinner Will Be Provided
Questions Raised will include:
Does the Holocaust signify a fundamental rupture in the possibility of belief in God, Torah, and the Jewish people? We will look at several important Jewish thinkers and how the Holocaust informed their theology, including Emil L. Fackenheim, Eliezer Berkovits, and Richard L. Rubenstein.
According to Hannah Arendt, Adolf Eichmann “not only obeyed orders, he also obeyed the law.” Was the Nazi regime morally “evil” or was it only massively distorted system? What, then, is “law?” By looking at Arendt, Elie Wiesel, and some recent scholars, we will think about how “justice” could be achieved after the Holocaust.
Is it possible to accurately “remember” the Holocaust? Can we—in films, books, and museums—ever hope to “re-create” what it was like? By looking at the work of Holocaust scholars, we will examine the possibility and limit of Holocaust “memory.”