Suffering, Life, Death and Beyond

Judaism teaches that G-d gives all life and only G-d can take it away, but for many Jews the experience of the 20th century Holocaust posed a very real challenge to their view of G-d. Some theologians argued that as G-d did not prevent the Holocaust, G-d must be dead or non-existent. Conversely, some argue for a strengthened faith in the light of such as disaster. Whilst others look for a different way of believing:

We cannot sustain the old belief in man, nor the old belief in G-d … but we can search for new beliefs (Albert Friedlander).

Judaism is a religion that rejoices in and celebrates life rather than concerning itself overmuch with questions of the afterlife; there is no clear teaching about what happens after death.

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