The Problem of Evil

By Steven M. Brown

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), April 2006

Brown considers a theory of educational practice that might guide teachers in dealing with the question of theodicy, or the need to justify God, especially in teaching about the Holocaust. He suggests that children should not be left with the notion that Jews died in the Holocaust because they were being punished; that adults should have the humility to admit that they do not know everything; that doubt, holding God accountable, questioning and being angry with God are Jewish emotions; that Jewish ideas of God allow for free will and randomness in the universe; and finally, that evil exists and that all adults can do is encourage children to guard a Jewish system or morals and ethics while giving them the personal religious skills to cope with what may come their way.

Topic: Theology, Holocaust Education, Values, Global Responsibility

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: 36/630

Page Number(s): 9

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Brown, Steven M. The Problem of Evil. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). April 2006: 9.


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