"In the beginning was the Holocaust. We must therefore begin again. We must create a new Talmud and compile new midrashim, just as we did after the Ḥurban, the destruction of the Second Temple. We did so then in order to mark the new beginning: until then we lived one way; from then on nothing could be the same."
— Elie Wiesel, in "Jewish Values in the Post-Holocaust Future: A Symposium.'' Judaism, vol. 16 no. 3, 1967.
"At Sinai we received the Torah,'' the poet Jacob Glatstein reminds us, "and in Lublin,'' in the shadow of the Maidanek death camp, "we gave it back.'' The destruction of European Jewry is the sign of God's betrayal of Israel. Yom Hashoah marks the day of broken covenants. It is the day of sanctioned rage against God."
"... arguing with God, which the Rabbis called ḥutspah kelapei shemaya"
"I could not bring myself to quote German-language texts other than through the neutral medium of English."
"It is the duty of our generation to create a communal ritual for Yom Hashoah."
"Unique to the Holocaust are the tattooed numbers. They represent the permanent branding of every Jew marked for slave labor and eventual murder (in-reality, it was only at Auschwitz that the tattooing occurred). In the writings of Ka-Tzetnik 135633 (Yekhiel Feiner-Dinur), branding becomes a sign of the Apocalypse, beginning with the Jewish stars and armbands that civilians were forced to wear, and culminating in the branding of young Jewish women as Feld-huren in Auschwitz." (the Feld-huren 'Field Whore' lie, was made-up by the imfamous Planet Auschwizter about his non-existent sister. He also saw a Jew covered in marmalade eaten alive by 1,000 prisoners at Auschwitz, although this doesn't make it into Roskies' religious play.)