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Yosl Rakover Talks to God by Zvi Kolitz
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Yosl Rakover Talks to God (1946)

by Zvi Kolitz

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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. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
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. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
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Ich glojb in der Sunn, afile wenn sie scheint nit; ich glojb in der Liebe, afile ich fihl ihr nit, ich glojb in Gott, afile wenn er schweigt.
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In ejner vun die Churwes vun Warschewer Getto, zwischen Hojfens vun varsmaljete Stejner un menschliche Bejner, is gefunen geworen, varsteckt un varstoppt in a klejn Fläschel, der folgender Testament, geschrieben van a Jiden mit'n Nomen Jossl Rakower in die letzte Scho'en vun Warschewer Getto.
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Yosl Rakover Talks to God, a short story that was thought for years to be a nonfiction testimonial, is one of the most highly regarded works of literature to emerge from the Holocaust. It presents itself as the last words of a dying Jew to God. Yosl Rakover, a resistance fighter against the German assault on the Warsaw Ghetto, and the last surviving member of his family, takes pen to paper on April 28, 1943, and writes a searing confession of strength and humility. ("The sun probably has no idea how little I regret that I shall never see it again.") He then seals the story in a glass bottle and hides it in the rubble before returning to the battle in which he will die. This edition of the story includes a long essay about its composition and reception by journalist Paul Badde, an essay from the 1950s by the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, and a response to that essay by Leon Wieseltier (the author of Kaddish). This is a strange and beautiful book, with great power to persuade its readers that we must take time to state for ourselves the nature of our belief or unbelief. Yosl Rakover cherishes the story of a Jew who escaped the Spanish Inquisition and prayed: "I will always believe in You. I will love You always and forever--even despite you." Many readers will cherish Yosl Rakover Talks to God in a similar way. --Michael Joseph Gross

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