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They have merely assumed it to be so, positing the 'required changes' they take to be obligatory without providing either halachic or philosophical justification for such innovation. It may be that one or other of these alternative positions is true, but so far none has made a convincing case for itself. Therefore, the investigation of the question of the uniqueness of the Sho'ah needs to be separated from theologizing. 2. In defending uniqueness one must completely avoid simultaneously endorsing the injudicious claim that the Holocaust is more evil 1.

Fackenheim, To Mend the World (New York, 1982), p. 24. 5. Eckardt, Long Night's Journey into Day, p. 54. 48 A Traditional Quest metaphysical meaning, are not givens whose singularity is proven and incontrovertable, but rather realia whose overpowering mysterious presence is assumed by the believer and affirmed by the transforming experience of faith. The immediate significance of this unremarkable observation in the present context, however, is exacting for it reminds us that, for example, Jews do not affirm the transhistorical reality of the Resurrection, the essential dogma of Christianity, and no appeal seems able to convince them to abandon this skepticism.

This assessment of the orthodoxies' political potential lies behind the deep distress most American Jews, including spokesmen of American Orthodoxy, feel at the power wielded by the Israeli Orthodox political parties. Knowing many of the Israeli Orthodox have never lived in a truly pluralistic society and how many others believe the Torah militates against its modern expression, most American Jews devoutly hope the Orthodox never become a majority in the State of Israel. Orthodoxies have a principled problem with democracy.

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