Yeshayahu Twenty-Five: Yom HaShoah

“You are the Lord, my God: I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have dealt wondrously; counsels from long ago in true faith (Isaiah 25:1).” Tonight starts Yom HaShoah, the day when Jews and Israelis remember the Holocaust and its myriad of victims. So many innocent people went to their deaths, in the ovens, the woods, and the streets, still praising God. Others cursed Him and, and still others were beyond caring about God in either direction as they went to their deaths. But here, we have words for exalting God. A God who has done immeasurable good, to be sure, but simultaneously who has such capacity for vengeance that it’s terrifying. We’re supposed to both love and fear God, and that dichotomy comes to the forefront when I think about such capabilities.

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