|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
In Brief ...
Jewish consciousness is ambivalent. On the one hand, there are strict bans and recommendations for every moment of everybody's life. On the other hand, a Jew cannot live without expecting a miracle, without a fantasy world, without a mystery, without realizing the ephemeral nature of the material world. The world of a Jew is a dialogue with God, the Tanakha, the Talmud, the Galakha, the Agada amid a modern city. The material and spiritual are the two sides of one shell.
When do we get to know Man? When does he show all his existential greatness or smallness? When does he demonstrate his moral power or inability to oppose the wrong? It goes without saying that it happens at the turning moments of history when he faces, perhaps, the main choice of his life - between the power that gives him the right to earthly life and justice - a dangerous, thorny path, which may cost him his earthly life. Such a turning point in the life of whole nations was the Holocaust when it was courage that was needed so badly, not so much by the victims as by their rescuers.