Holocaust/Independence Day nexus that can perplex us

Shira Schmidt

Shira Leibowitz Schmidt was raised in an assimilated Jewish home in New York, and became observant while studying at Stanford University in California. In June 1967 she told her engineering school professor she would miss the final exam because she was going to Israel to volunteer during the Six Day War. “That’s the most original excuse I have ever been offered,” he responded. She arrived during the war and stayed, receiving her BSc in absentia. She subsequently met and married the late Elhanan Leibowitz, and they raised their six children in Beersheba. Mrs. Leibowitz acquired a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from the Technion, and an MSc in Civil Engineering from University of Waterloo. Today she lives with her husband, Dr. Baruch Schmidt, in Netanya. She co-authored, with Nobel prize-winning chemist Roald Hoffmann, Old Wine New Flasks. She has co-translated from Hebrew to English (with Jessica Setbon) From the Depths (the autobiography of Rabbi Israel Meir Lau); The Forgotten Memoirs (memoirs of Rabbis who survived the Shoah, edited by Esther Farbstein); and Rest of the Dove (Parashat Hashavua by Rabbi Haim Sabato). She and her husband appear in the documentary film about the Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe, “Hidden Face.” She is available to lecture in Israel and in the US and can be contacted via www.cross-currents.com.

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2 Responses

  1. Chareidi Leumi says:

    >I find this second answer problematic. Is there a connection?

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Hashgacha is a two way street! It is not tennable to have a maximalist view of hashgacha pratit regarding everything except the revival of Israel and the Holocaust. If one attempts such a theology all one is left with is a life that mimics a kupat ha’ir advertisement. To the extent that one is troubled by God’s involvment in the Holocaust, one should also be comforted by His role in Jewish revival.

  2. cvmay says:

    TO sit /stand/walk/be silent/ recite Psalms/ study?

    If none of the above choices work for a person, they can always STAY INDOORS FOR THOSE 2 MINUTES.

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