Course looks at effects of Holocaust

Posted Monday, Apr 26th, 2010
Roseville Press Tribune

Rabbi Yossi Korick hopes that the Holocaust education course, “Beyond Never Again,” will have a lasting impact on those take part in it.

“A horrible event like the Holocaust makes us, everyone, confront such things as the nature of good and evil,” Korick said. “It makes us question many things. Why did this happen, how can we keep the faith when something like happens.”

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute created the six-part course as an educational program, Korick said.

“It’s broken down in a series of discussions where those taking part can talk about their personal views on the Holocaust,” Korik said. “It also provides relevant angles on some of life’s most difficult questions pertaining to faith and suffering.”

He said the course would start 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, at Sierra Pointe 5161 Foothills Blvd, Roseville.

The course will run for the next five Tuesday evenings after that,” he said.

The course’s six parts are:

Wrestling With G-d Can We Understand Human Suffering?

Why does G-d allow good people to suffer? Is any explanation adequate? Are we meant to silently accept what we cannot understand? Or is it our moral obligation to quarrel with G-d about the existence of human tragedy?

The Voice of Your Brother’s Blood Cries Out How the Holocaust Impacts Us as Jews

The universal message of the Holocaust emerges from the appreciation of its particulars. We cannot begin to fathom what was lost unless we are able to hear individual stories, and see the specific impact of the Holocaust on Jews and Jewish life.

In Their Deaths They Were Not Parted The Mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem (Sanctification of G-d’s Name)

What is the purpose of life, and what purposes make life worth living? Why are all those who died in the Holocaust considered holy martyrs, and how does our memory of them affect the way we live our lives today?

Out of the Depths I Call to You Finding Faith in Difficult Times

While we cannot always know “why” something happens, we can learn to use every experience as a catalyst for positive transformation. Faith is not a crutch for the weak, but the framework of life for the strong. Trust in G-d is not born of simplistic denial of harsh reality, but of profound humility in the presence of the Divine plan.

A Tree of Life to Those Who Cling to It Halachic Questions of the Holocaust Era

Many who lived through the Holocaust continued to turn to Halachah (Jewish Torah law) for guidance. It served as a source of comfort and solace, a spiritual anchor and moral compass in a world gone mad.

When Night Will Shine Like Day Ensuring a Brighter Tomorrow

What can we expect of humanity after the Holocaust? How could the most advanced society on earth fall prey to moral bankruptcy? And what made thousands sacrifice their lives to save others? How can we retain faith in the future of the universe—and what we can we do to ensure a brighter tomorrow?

There is a $79 fee for the course, which includes a textbook, Korick said.

“A number of people have all ready signed up,” he said. “We welcome others to join us.”

~ Brad Smith


Beyond Never Again course

When: April 27 — June 1

Where: Sierra Pointe 5161 Foothills Blvd, Roseville

Cost: $79

For more information:

Or contact Rabbi Yossi Korick at (916) 677-9960 or

[email protected].

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