Unsdorfer: With God Through the Holocaust

Yad Vashem Studies, Volume XXXI

Gershon Greenberg

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Shlomo Zalman Unsdorfer: With God Through the Holocaust

Shlomo Zalman Unsdorfer’s Lips of Shlomo is one of the few religious texts written within the Nazi sphere of influence that have survived. With the tragic events ever before him, he responded on several levels. He detected God's presence in the events and explicated it; he was overcome by the suffering of the pious and thrust into silence; he leaped to God in trust and faith and apprehended the underlying metaphysical dynamic of the universe that descent implied ascent; and he devoted himself to prayer in anticipation of redemption. While the various strains remained unreconciled, together they provided a religious stability that enabled him to endure the tragedies and helped him to console his congregants. Shlomo Zalman Unsdorfer’s Lips of Shlomo is one of the few religious texts written within the Nazi sphere of influence that have survived. With the tragic events ever before him, he responded on several levels. He detected God's presence in the events and explicated it; he was overcome by the suffering of the pious and thrust into silence; he leaped to God in trust and faith and apprehended the underlying metaphysical dynamic of the universe that descent implied ascent; and he devoted himself to prayer in anticipation of redemption. While the various strains remained unreconciled, together they provided a religious stability that enabled him to endure the tragedies and helped him to console his congregants.

Products specifications
ISSN 0084-3296
Year 2003
ISBN 965-308-1
Catalog No. 200302
No. of Pages 33 pp.
Format Electronic article in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume XXXI, pp. 61-93, Edited by David Silberklang
Publisher Yad Vashem