Yosl Rakover Talks to God

  • Title: Yosl Rakover Talks to God
  • Author: Zvi Kolitz
  • ISBN: 9780375708404
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • Yosl Rakover Talks to God There are two stories here One is the now legendary tale of a defiant Jew s refusal to abandon God even in the face of the greatest suffering the world has known a testament of faith that has taken
    There are two stories here One is the now legendary tale of a defiant Jew s refusal to abandon God, even in the face of the greatest suffering the world has known, a testament of faith that has taken on an unpredictable and fascinating life of its own and has often been thought to be a direct testament from the Holocaust.The parallel story is that of Zvi Kolitz, the trueThere are two stories here One is the now legendary tale of a defiant Jew s refusal to abandon God, even in the face of the greatest suffering the world has known, a testament of faith that has taken on an unpredictable and fascinating life of its own and has often been thought to be a direct testament from the Holocaust.The parallel story is that of Zvi Kolitz, the true author, whose connection to Yosl Rakover has been obscured over the fifty years since its original appearance German journalist Paul Badde tells how a young man came to write this classic response to evil, and then was nearly written out of its history With brief commentaries by French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas and Leon Wieseltier, author of Kaddish, this edition presents a religious classic and the very human story behind it.

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    1. I stumbled across this tiny book among the shelves of my library and was drawn to it, mainly thanks to the title: Yosl Rakover Talks to God. I had never heard of the story before and the history behind it, but I was in for a wild journey.Warsaw, 28 April 1943There are two stories here. One is the now legendary tale of a defiant Jew's refusal to abandon God, even in the face of the greatest suffering the world has known, a testament of faith that has taken on an unpredictable and fascinating lif [...]

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    2. There has been a huge amount of what is entitled holocaust literature.Although this book certainly deals with the topic, its uniqueness makes it difficult to pigeonhole its place. This 99 page work is thought provoking and powerful with the many messages it conveys. I will not attempt to analyze the numerous points which are represented here, but simply comment on the contents.Initially, the reader is introduced to Yosl Rakover, who is experiencing his final hours in the Warsaw ghetto, fully rea [...]

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    3. Una preghiera accorata, un grido disperato, un urlo di rabbia rivolto a Dio da parte di chi è condannato. Ciò si può dire di questo brevissimo racconto. Ma soprattutto è stato per me una lezione di cultura ebraica. “Credo nel Dio d’Israele, anche se ha fatto di tutto perché non credessi in lui. Credo nelle sue leggi, anche se non posso giustificare i suoi atti. Il mio rapporto con lui non è più quello di uno schiavo verso il suo padrone, ma di un discepolo verso il suo maestro. Chino [...]

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    4. A legendary tale that is a quest for understanding; that attempts to find meaning where meaninglessness and godlessness seem to abound. The most remarkable aspect of this story is Rakover's deep and abiding faith in God in the face of such horrible circumstances.

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    5. featuring a transcription of the yiddish original in latin letters as well as a german translation, this is the moving yet fictional testament of a man dying in the warsaw ghetto during the 1943 uprising. the book is fascinating not only for the - short - story it tells, but also the story it represents. a tale of a text that was disconnected from its author and stands on its own: sometimes considered to be an authentic testimonial, most definetly a moving meditation on how to "believe" in times [...]

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    6. Un libro di 91 pagine dove le prime 29 sono di una straordinaria profondità. Le altre sono un'aggiunta dello scrittore Paul Badde che cerca di spiegare come è venuto a conoscenza di questo scritto e del suo autore (a mio parere doveva giustificare la pubblicazione di questo libro, diciamo una ulteriore versione su come si è venuti a scoprire il testo, tanto per aumentare l'aura di mistero attorno allo scritto e al suo autore). L'ultima parte è un saggio del filosofo Emmanuel Lèvinas molto i [...]

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    7. Det här är verkligen en helt unik bok som jag inte hade en aning om att den existerade förrän jag skulle undervisa om den. Jag är mycket tacksam till läraren som hade kursen innan mig helt enkelt. Jämförelserna med Jobs bok är talande och gör boken rättvisa. Det är på något sätt förståeligt varför boken har fått sin egen historia som ett genuint dokument trots att det är Zvi Kolitz's verk. Hjärtskärande på ett sådant sätt att jag var tvungen att skärma av vad som egentl [...]

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    8. In 1946, a Lithuanian Jew named Zvi Kolitz found his way to Buenos Aires, Argenitna, where he published the short story "Yosl Rakover Talks to God" in a Yiddish newspaper. Kolitz had escaped Europe just before the prosperous Jewish community there was destroyed by the one-two punch of Stalin and Hitler. He spent only a few years in South America before emigrating to Israel, where he became a film director, and eventually ending up in New York, where he died in 2002 at the age of 89. This book is [...]

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    9. In 1946, a writer named Zvi Kolitz published a story in Yiddish in an Argentenian Jewish newspaper. Although the story was clearly subtitled as "a story" and bore the name of its author, it soon assumed a life of its own. "Yosl Rakover" became published over the years in some sources as a first-person account by a martyr who died in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.The story is best known for its protagonist's reflections on a "God who hides his face."Yosl continues his belief in God and in the Torah [...]

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    10. To begin with, I do not own this edition – I've got a different one, also edited by Paul Badde, but sadly it doesn't contain the commentaries by Levinas and Wieseltier which I would have loved to read. I'm very happy, though, that Badde includes the story's first print faksimile in Yiddish a language I'm very eager to learn and the sound of which I like to hear. There is something intriguing about it, it conveys deep-felt emotions that are very hard to render in words of any other language I k [...]

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    11. In the whitewashing of holocaust literature that can numb readers to the truest of human horrors, this piece stands out because its spiratual focus,contradictory and contrary as it is, adds a nuanced level of ontology to the discourse. Not only do we engage with a doomed man who petitions god, does not lose his faith in god, then almost goes to far as to blame god and demand from him (all within a few paragraphs); but we get the interesting metafictitious journey of the text as a historical arti [...]

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    12. There are many cliched words I could use to describe how I was affected by this unbearably brilliant work, but if I had to choose one, it would be: changed. As in, what happened to me as I read it.Most books, I just burn through as I try to make my way through all literature ever written, but every once in a while, a manuscript is so riveting, it forces me to stop, reflect, let it become a part of me, and allow it to flit through my consciousness and take an honored place on my ever-growing reco [...]

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    13. This look at belief and unbelief is extremely powerful. So much is packed into such a concise read that readers will undoubtedly consider frequent rereading. "Yosl" makes a great choice for discussion groups.

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    14. Quando un racconto fa riflettere sul senso della vita e delle religioni.

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    15. This piece of writing took on the reality of suffering for so many during the war. Life without God, but some still believed.

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