The Destruction of the Temple, The Holocaust, and Historical Suffering – a shiur for Tisha B’Av,

How are we to respond to an event which is so catastrophic that many people still alive give up the will to live? How can Jewish life continue when everything that has been recognised as Jewish life  now lies in ruins? And what happens to our relationship with God in the wake of terrible suffering? These questions, asked by so many after 1945, were asked in a very different context by Chazal, the rabbis of the Talmud, in the aftermath of the destruction of the Temple. This shiur attempts to draw these ancient sources into conversation with 20th century ones to uncover the ways in which Jews and Judaism have responded to and overcome the most difficult points in their history.

To listen to the shiur click here, and to see the source sheet click here

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