By COLlive reporter
Machon Shmuel, a think tank under the auspices of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), has commissioned a paper about the Jewish response to tragedy.
Machon Shmuel regularly researches and publishes customized responses to specific inquiries from Shluchim in halacha, in Jewish thought, and in any part of Torah they require.
Headed by Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, Machon Shmuel is comprised of a panel of rabbinic consultants and a team of research fellows that was established in the memory of Sami Rohr Z”L and is dedicated to servicing the needs of Shluchim around the world. Still in its first months of operation, the institute has already amassed 138 members, and will be opening its doors in the near future to service Anash and academics in addition to Shluchim.
In the wake of recent tragedies that have beset our community, Machon Shmuel members Rabbi Moshe Gourary, HaGaon Rabbi Chaim Rapoport, and Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, Dean of the Machon, have compiled information for the public in response to the obvious need for an authentic Torah view.
“A subject such as the Torah attitude to death and suffering is very broad and touches upon many fundamental theological principles that need to be understood within the broader context of Torah and Halachah,” explains Rabbi Bergstein. “For this purpose, our research team has produced a fascinating, in depth exploration of the issues, with a major emphasis on the approach adopted by the Rebbe on issues related to death and tragedy (including the Holocaust) as they appear in numerous letters, sichos, horaos and accounts of private audiences.”
This paper is available to the public free of charge, click here to download.
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