Jonathan Wallace firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for publishing "My America" in the June issue.
However, since the numerous live links embedded within my text were not reproduced on your site, and neither did my website link within my bio sentence appear, please add the following note at the end of my article:
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Thank you...and best wishes!
Pat & Paula Edwards
Parent protecting my kids minds from trash
I came across your website while researching material for some teaching I am going to do about the Holocaust next year. I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the site. I understand (I think) the personal agonies that lead one to read about the Holocaust and try to learn about it as much as we can.
I did want to comment about two things in the website. First, you write that:
“By far the simplest explanation for Auschwitz is that there is no God to intervene in human affairs. No deity exists to care what we do to each other. All compassion and all hatred in the human universe are ours. We are on our own.”
I don't know what I feel about the Holocaust theologically, but there is a logical fault in what you write. You imply that because an explanation is the "simplest" it must be correct. The simplest explanation for what we see around us is that the world is flat. Yet we have known for some little while that the world is actually round. Thus, the premise here is false, I think.
On a relared note. I find Judaism a comforting religion precisely because it does not center on belief (I know this sounds weird, but bear with me here). Traditional Judaism is a religion of actions. There are things we are mandated to do and things we are not allowed to do. It is more a way of life than a religion, really. Nowhere are we commanded to believe in anything, although we are commanded to say certain prayers. Unlike Christianity, which delves into the innards in a way I find intrusive, Judaism focuses on actions. Although I am not very observant, I find this attitude easy to swallow and, in some ways, it has resolved some of my Holocaust-related pain. I am Jewish because my ancestors were Jewish and I feel mandated to be a good person. My Jewishness are my positive actions and my involvement in the Jewish community. It isn't that I don't believe there is a God. I am not sure. However, I am happy that I don't have to believe in God in order to be very Jewish.
With best wishes,