From the Archives of Tradition

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by R. Yitzchak Blau

In the summer 1989 issue, Dr. Joel Wolowelsky, longtime associate editor of Tradition and dean of students at the Yeshivah of Flatbush High School, explores various reasons suggested for opposing the establishment of Yom HaSho’a.  Issues addressed include establishing a memorial day in Nissan, commemorating tragedies outside of Tisha b’Av, the ability of contemporary sages to enact such takkanot, and the specific choice of date as a potential manifestation of shelilat ha-golah.   Dr. Wolowelsky argues that the essential factors determining different approaches to Yom HaSho’a are attitude to the state of Israel and the nature of Orthodox’s interaction with the broader Jewish community.

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About Yitzchak Blau

Rabbi Yitzchak Blau is Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Orayta and also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum. He is the author of Fresh Fruit and Vintage Wine: The Ethics and Wisdom of the Aggada and an Associate Editor of Tradition.

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