Sign of Haredi society coming to grips with the Holocaust
By Tamar Rotem

The conference on rabbinical writing in the Holocaust, held at Jerusalem’s Binyanei Hauma Convention Center Sunday evening, may mark a step forward in the ultra-Orthodox community coming to grips with the Shoah.

The conference was organized by its sponsors, the Jerusalem Municipality’s Torah Culture Department, as an evening for women. Indeed, Holocaust education and documentation has become predominantly a women’s occupation in ultra-Orthodox society, as women are the ones who advance it in the educational seminars and colleges.

The conference hosts presented a CD-ROM containing a database of prefaces to religious texts – Torah interpretations and meditative literature – written from 1945 onward by rabbis who survived the Holocaust. Only one of the prefaces was written before the end of World War II. MORE.