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God is merciful?

Posted By Obadiah Shoher On November 27, 2008 @ 5:20 pm In rogue Judaism | 24 Comments

Rabbinical commentators have long struggled with the paradox of Jews obligated to fear and love God simultaneously. An obvious scholastic explanation is that Jews fear some aspects of God, and love the other. That’s of course implausible, impractical, and verges on polytheism. We observe multiple manifestations of God, but relate to him strictly as One. Fear and attaching ourselves to God go hand in hand.

It is easy to justify the Holocaust from the divine point of view. He warned Jews repeatedly; we have prophecies and precedents. By far, most of the Jews who perished would have perished anyway in a generation or two, peacefully, in the ovens of assimilation. It is telling that the Holocaust started in Germany, the birthplace of reformism, the Jewish assimilationist movement. It afterwards wiped out the residents of European countries who remained Jewish only in their names, and often changed their names, too.

Their morality decomposed by the fear endemic to the Exile, those Jews should not be allowed to enter the Promised Land: we have enough problems with leftist defeatists and couldn’t afford seven million Jews with no fighting spirit. The generation of the Exodus likewise died before entering the Promised Land.

European Jews committed the incredible sin of refusing to move to the Promised Land as soon as they had an opportunity in the early twentieth century. They posed a tremendous threat to Judaism, they perverted the Torah centered on the Holy Land, and made it into a bunch of petty rituals and arcane knowledge which could comfortably be practiced in the Exile. Judaism is the Jewish way of life, and that includes Jewish statehood, Jewish army, and Jewish isolation; but they made Judaism into a religion, and you can observe it in Boro Park today. Their Judaism became a religion of Sabbath rites and yeshivas, not the way of the real life.

The perversion had to be removed. I understand all that. God is undoubtedly wise and acted correctly—but he is not merciful, as the generation of the Holocaust can testify.


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