Diario Judío México - Kalmar’s comment on my previous blog, “Where Is God?” shook me up.

For those of you who did not read the comments section, he wrote: “My God was cremated during the Holocaust.”

He is not alone in feeling that way. Many Holocaust survivors, including my own father, felt that way.

They questioned God’s existence: How could God allow Auschwitz, allow the Nazis to incinerate innocent children, not to mention the many rabbis who honestly and loyally worshipped God.

Where was God when this was going on?

The God the Holocaust survivors denounced is a Zeus-like God who fell asleep at the wheel, allowing these atrocities to occur.

Yes, Kalmar, I agree with you: that kind of God, Zeus like, all powerful and that is responsible for everything that happens on earth, does not exist.

My kind of God, however, that is a system, governed by a formula that makes the world function, is here now and forever.

Here is an analogy to make my point.

Take the human body. Why does not our brain fix the malady, especially if it is life threatening, when we get sick? Or why did it even allow the malady to penetrate our body? Where was the brain???

That all-powerful brain does not exist. What does exist is a system of organs that interact and a formula that directs it. For instance, if you eat, sleep, and exercise regularly, you will be sick less often, and live longer. If you are eating sugar, oil, salt and processed foods excessively, it will make you obese and eventually very sick. There is no external “manager” of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. They are all self-managed by a formula.

Who should protect our body? We should. Stop looking for Papa to take care of you. We are responsible for what ever happens on earth too. All that God is, is a system of rules that if we do not follow we will be in trouble and if we follow we will not be in trouble.

Who created the formula? No one. Do not go back to Zeus again looking for the creator or manager. The formula evolved and is still evolving, and we are perpetually trying to understand it.

My understanding of the formula that governs the world is that it is absolute, holistic love—in other words, total integration, and integration is a function of MT&R.

So where was God during the Holocaust? He was there and the formula explains what happened: The Holocaust happened because love was replaced by hate. The Holocaust was a manifestation of disintegration: political, social, and religious disintegration. Racism is one of the causes of disintegration, as well as a manifestation of the lack of trust and respect for others.

If you accept that God is a system of parts and relationships with a formula, the Holocaust and “God” can co-exist, like the brain and the disease of the body can co exist.

To worship God is to worship love of those who are different, to love nature and treat it with respect, to love stones, water, air, everything. Limitless love is God. The more you love, the closer you get to God. (Think of Mother Teresa as an example.)

But love has to be protected. Why? Because it is easy to hate, and much more difficult to love. When hate raises its ugly head, those who love must not close their eyes, or look away, letting hate expand until it is too late, which is what almost happened with Hitler: If Hitler, instead of the Allies, had won the nuclear race (which it almost did), those of us who survived would all speak German now.

Right now, Iran is developing a nuclear device. Its leaders are openly threatening to wipe off the map. If that Holocaust happens, would we again accuse God of failing to protect us? Or may be we should take the responsibility for what is happening?

God is watching: are we protecting love or allowing hate to rule the world?

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  1. I DO WONDER. YOU BET I DO! SEVENTY YEARS HAVE PASSED, MANY TOO SOULS DO WONDER AS WELL: AS I DO WONDER SINCE I WAS VERY YOUNG.
    NO ANSWER EVER HEART.
    YET, NO ANSWER WILL EVER BE ENOUGHT. SORROW REMAINS ALIVE.
    “Where was God during the Holocaust”? SHOUT ALOUD TO THE SKIES and wait for an answer. May be you are successful. May be: “THE ANSWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND” and we don´t realize.

    Mirta S. Kweksilber
    writer
    columnist of Diario Judio
    Mexico

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Isaac Calderon Adizes (born Ichak Kalderon Adizes) - one of the experts in the field of improving business management and government activity efficiency through fundamental changes, which do not produce confusion and destructive conflicts that impede change.

Over the past 35 years, Dr. Isaac Calderon Adizes has worked with many commercial organizations of the world; he was a Political Adviser to the Government of the heads of many states. Adizes is the founder and CEO of the Adizes Institute, an organization specializing in change management, which has affiliates in the U.S. and in 14 other countries. For thirty years he has been a staff teacher of the Anderson School of Management at the University of California in Los Angeles and worked as a visiting professor at Stanford and Columbia universities, as well as at the Jewish University in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University. Dr. Adizes has a Ph.D and MBA from Columbia University, Bachelor of Arts from the Jewish University in Jerusalem.

He currently holds the post of Director of the Adizes Institute. It is also found among well-known authors and reads lectures in more than 40 countries. Adizes’s works have been highlighted in such magazines as «Fortune», «New York Times», «London Financial Times». He maintains close ties with investors «Daily Nationís Business» and «World Digest».

He is the author of seven books, translated into 22 languages. His book, "Corporate processes: how organizations grow and die and what to do about it?" is considered a classic textbook in management theory, and was chosen as one of the 10 best business books by «Library Journal». In the ranking of the “100 best consultants in the field of leadership "by the «Executive Excellence» edition (2008-2009) Adizes takes 28-th place.

Adizes is known for his theory of life cycles of companies, as well as for his approach to the typology of managers. According to him, the ideal leader - a super-boss, who can do everything, just does not exist. In his opinion this is impossible because such an "ideal" person should combine incongruous qualities. These qualities are necessary and sufficient to meet business goals. Here is what he wrote in the book "Ideal Leader": ... the ultimate goal of management is to make the organization productive and efficient in the short and long term - no more and no less. If we ensure the productivity and efficiency in the short and long term, this would be enough for the wealth and success of any organizational structure, whether it is a marital union, the government, a multinational corporation or a bakery.

Adizes names four qualities that are needed to achieve short-and long-term productivity and efficiency: the manufacturer of the results (P, producer), administrator (A, administrator), entrepreneur (E, entrepreneur) and integrator (I, Integrator). By the initials of these four English words this model of types of leaders forms the acronym PAEI. These qualities are contradictory, since a good producer will be intolerant to the unnecessary procedures and order, which administrator normally tends to. And the entrepreneur will always invent something new that might create obstacles for the producer and integrator who is focused on the harmonization of the relationships within a team. Thus, at the head of the company should not be a super-boss, but a group of super-bosses and each one of them should perfectly fulfill one of the four roles, and at a decent level has an idea about the others.

Adizes method is used worldwide in companies with sales between $ 2 million to $ 2 billion ("Coca-Cola, “Bank of America», «Volvo», «Visa Group», etc.)

Biography:
Born: October 22, 1937 in Skopje, Yugoslavia
1959-61 Israeli army sergeant. Instructor of the school of youth leadership.
1961-62 Bank of Israel, at the Department of Transport Study.
1965-67 Columbia University. Research Assistant

1966 Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, Assistant Director.
1959-67 Musician
1967 - Consultant to the regional leaders and prime ministers of different countries.
1975-79 President of the Institute of Diagnostic Management and organizational studies.
1979 - President of the Adizes Institute
1994 - Dean of the Adizes School of study of changes and leadership.

Education
Bachelor of Arts: 1963, Jewish University, Israel
MBA: 1967, Columbia University, USA
Ph.D. 1968, Columbia University, USA