Item description for Eyes to See: Recovering Ethical Torah Principles Lost in the Holocaust by Yom Tov Schwarz, Avraham Leib Schwarz & Schwarz...
This book was written with the goal of restoring integrity, compassion, unity and Kiddush HaShem to their central role in the observance of Torah and mitzvos, as Halacha demands. This will serve to correct a number of serious errors and misconceptions of Torah views, values and obligations that resulted from annihilation of nearly all of the great European Torah leaders in the Holocaust.
This destruction left a young generation of bereft and bewildered survivors without the great Torah personalities necessary to educate and impress upon them the absolute centrality of these traditions and laws for correct Torah observance. This book is a courageous call by the author, a leading ultra-Orthodox sage, for fundamental change in the Torah-observant community. In it, the author calls for the abolition of a dangerous new phenomenon - the tendency among various Orthodox groups to establish their own insulated networks of schools and other institutions - because divisiveness and discord are a natural consequence of this factionalism within Jewish society.
He implores Orthodox Jewry to designate a fast day in remembrance of the Holocaust, as indifference to the greatest tragedy in Jewish history can only sow cruelty and breed immorality. The author also calls upon Orthodox Jewry to re-asses the manner in which they relate both to non-religious brethren and non-Jewish neighbors, highlighting the Torah's command that they be compassionate and honest with all people, and that they strive to glorify G-d's name and bring honor to the Torah by the manner in which they behave in even the most mundane of aspects of everyday life.
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An important work for the Torah- learning world Nov 18, 2004
Rabbi Yom Tov Schwarz writes this book out of deep caring for the Jewish people and a deep love of the God of Israel. He tells of his own experience in the Shoah and of being saved through the generosity and caring of fellow Jews who helped a total stranger. He makes the case that this kind of caring for Clal Yisrael and for each and every member of Israel was characteristic of the generation prior to the Shoah. He writes in the hope of restoring to Am Yisrael a deeper sense of this kind of caring for each other. He writes too out of a great concern for the factionalism and misplaced emphasis on one's own small group's way at the expense of consideration for other Jews. He speak also about the whole subject of treating the stranger with consideration and compassion thereby enhancing the name of the God in the world. This is a book which I believe should be part of every religious Jew's educational curriculum. The book is ably translated from the Hebrew by the Rabbi 's son Rabbi Abraham Leib Schwarz.