Once the unbeliever Abrasha met the believing Aronchik, looked at him intently and threateningly asked:
— And where was G-d during the Holocaust?
— Are you religious?
— Not! I'm an atheist!
— So you think there is no G-d?
— So why do you ask “where He was”, He is not there?!..
So, the question of the unbeliever Abrasha is not a question, but empty rhetoric. Although, this is unlikely to stop Abrasha. He will still keep asking again and again. He will show them…
But is this topic a question for the believer Aronchik? It seems legitimate for him to ask this question, because for him the reality of G-d is beyond doubt. In addition, he also wants to present G-d as a kind, patient grandfather who will always forgive his granddaughter's impudent tricks, will always come to the rescue and help him out at the most critical moment. So, Aronchik is silent and this is not a question for him. Why?
First, because it's embarrassing to ask. After all, the question of where He was, for some reason, always awakens only when misfortune suddenly comes. But when prosperity is around, a person is healthy and peace reigns, then it is not at all audible that someone would even ask: “For what? How did G-d allow this?”… Therefore, it is a shame to ask.
Rav Asher Kushnir
А где был Б-г,
когда евреев постигла Катастрофа?