The Holocaust as Commandment
Publication Date: November 1979
Author(s): Michael Berenbaum
Series: Sh'ma (9/180) and CLAL Encore Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Holocaust Education; Ethics; Communal Memory; History
Coverage: United States
The author discusses Arnold Wolf's claim that contemporary Jewry abuses the Holocaust by misusing language. While agreeing with Wolf, Berenbaum also encourages us to search for guidance within the Jewish textual tradition when studying the event. Above all, Berenbaum advocates for intelligent deliberation and thorough education in order to understand the Holocaust and frame it in an appropriate Jewish historical context.