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I have a question about religious Jewish historiography, specifically concerning the Shoah and time surrounding it.

Seeing as my question touches on sensitive subjects, I’d like to give a short preamble: I have nothing against the Jewish people, and to whatever extent I dislike the Jewish religion, it’s the same extent that I dislike Christianity or Islam, since I’m an agnostic atheist. Correct me if I’m wrong, but to my knowledge, the mainstream Jewish religious account of history is, in broad strokes, “The Jews/Hebrews/etc serve G-d faithfully, they eventually stop doing so and either adopt foreign gods or don’t worship G-d properly, G-d punishes them via foreign powers or persecution, repeat”.

I was raised Christian (with some Jewish syncretism thrown in), so much of my understanding of Judaism and the related historical/religious narratives relate to old testament stories, which might be causing some misconception via incomplete information. My main question is this: Does the Shoah fit into the cycle? Were the Jews being punished by G-d for faithlessness? If so, why are did Jewish people see prosperity and power in the Levant? Aren’t Jews less religious than they were in the thirties and forties? Have any prominent rabbis or similar Jewish theologians written on this topic? Was there any movement of post-Shoah Jews who believed the Shoah happened due to divine intervention or lack thereof? To my understanding, some niche Jewish denominations criticize Israel on the basis that it isn’t a theocratic davidic monarchy, so perhaps they have some analysis on the issue?

Anyways, for a lighter topic, what’s your favorite Jewish holiday? My Israeli Indian-Jewish friend likes Purim most. From what I’ve heard, it sounds pretty cool.

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