Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Southfield-based Ecumenical Institute
for Jewish-Christian relations. "I've
always been so impressed with his abili-
ty to communicate on a very deep, but
abbi Emil Fackenheim, a
understandable level. His challenge to
philosopher and theologian
everyone was to take the Holocaust
t the University of Toronto
seriously and to take God seriously."
and Hebrew University in
Rabbi Fackenheim was trained as a
Jerusalem, died Sept. 19, 2003 at age
Reform rabbi in Germany and prac-
ticed as a Reform rabbi
He is perhaps most
in Toronto, said David
famous for his assertion
Silberklang, who worked
that after the Holocaust,
closely with the philoso-
Jews have not only 613
pher as his teaching and
research assistant during
obey, but 614. The last
the 1980s. "But he was
also a traditional Jew."
Fackenheim said, was to
that Israel's 1967 Six-Day
War also profoundly
life. "From 1967 onward,
he called the Holocaust
and the creation of Israel
the most significant
Halle, Germany, in
events of the 20th centu-
ry — both Jewish and in
Fackenheim was arrested by the
Germans on Kristallnacht in 1938 and
That war was a turning point for
interned at the Sachsenhausen concen-
Fackenheim because "he saw God's
tration camp near Berlin. He was later
hand in the victory," Silberklang said.
released and eventually emigrated to
The event caused Fackenheim to reflect
on "the courage involved to create the
He made aliyah in 1984.
state against all odds, to win the War of
As a rabbi and philosopher, Rabbi
Independence against all odds."
Fackenheim spent his life trying to
After 1967, Fackenheim built his
understand the meaning of the
philosophy and theology around those
Holocaust, writing dozens of books on
two events, arguing that philosophers
the subject, including To Mend the
had not yet addressed them philosophi-
cally, Silberklang said. ❑
"I met him at a national workshop
on Jewish-Christian relations," said
Senior Copy Editor David Sachs con-
David Blewitt, executive director of the
tributed to this report.
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