Levine on Jewish Law and Tragic Choices in the Holocaust

Samuel J. Levine (Touro Law Center) has posted Jewish Law from Out of the Depths: Tragic Choices in the Holocaust. The abstract follows. – ARH

This article is from the author’s remarks at the Second Annual Holocaust Remembrance Lecture at Washington University. In the article, the author explores the phenomenon of fidelity to Jewish law and morality amidst the horrors of the Holocaust. History records some of the remarkable efforts of Jewish communities and individuals who, in the face of unimaginable conditions, in ghettos and concentration camps, continued to turn to the teachings of Jewish law and ethics for lessons and guidance. The questions and answers that were presented—a portion of which have survived in written form—span all areas of life: from ritual and holiday observance, to commercial law, to domestic relations, to—literally—daily questions of life and death.

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