Bartov - Chapter 15
Harlap concluded that the Holocaust belonged to an alreadyunfolding
process of redemption that involved the inevitable catharsis of evil.
The catharsis took the form of an assault by a metaphysical power of
negativity, the Sitra ahra (realm of otherness), against the sanctified
nation of Israel. Because Israel's holiness coincided with metaphysical
reality, the assault was self-destructive. Indeed, the antagonism was
going to set off the eruption of the redemptive realm of Torah and
sacred life. History, having been consumed by the Sitra ahra and having
excluded Israel, would be left destroyed in redemption's wake.