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Fate and destiny : from Holocaust to the State of Israel
Soloveitchik, Joseph Dov.
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Ḳol dodi dofeḳ. English
Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : KTAV Publishing House, [2000]

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viii, 95 pages ; 23 cm
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DS132 .S6513 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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One of the classics of modern Jewish thought, Kol Dodi Dofek, is here translated into English. In it Rabbi Soloveitchik presents an extended theological meditation on the Holocaust and the rise of the State of Israel, the Jewish covenant of faith, and the covenant of fate and destiny which links all Jews, religious, irreligious, and nonreligious. Rabbi Dr. Walter S. Wurzberger, a prominent discipline of the Rav, has provided an introduction.

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The central theme of the late Rabbi Soloveitchik's theological examination of the Holocaust and the rise of the State of Israel he states this way: "The imperative to transform our existence from a causally determined, purely natural existence (fate) into an active, meaningful one suffused with a sense of purpose (destiny)." He posits that it is senseless to raise the metaphysical question of why there is evil in the world, adding that the human mind is not equipped to tackle this problem. Instead of looking for an explanation of our fate, he believes that we should ask ourselves how we can respond to evil in a manner that will enable us to emerge from this experience as better moral and spiritual beings. Fate and Destiny, originally published in Hebrew, is highly relevant and will be of interest to Jews and non-Jews alike. --George Cohen