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Yosl Rakover Talks to God : Vintage International - Zvi Kolitz

Yosl Rakover Talks to God

Vintage International

Paperback Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9780375708404
Number Of Pages: 112

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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 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.

Industry Reviews

"A singular literary creation, worth pondering for generations to come." --The Jerusalem Report " The text is a quarrel as much as a prayer, an assertion of faith and a simultaneous refusal to accept the traditional notion that God hides his face in response to human sin." --The New York Times

"Yosl Rakover is one of those runaway masterpieces whose energy makes them explode off the page." --Le Nouvel Observateur (France)

"Remarkable . . . a grim but beautiful story." --Los Angeles Times

Prefatory Note
Zvi Kolitzp. 1
Yossel Rakover Speaks to Godp. 13
To Love the Torah More Than Godp. 27
Meditations on Yossel Rakoverp. 33
Second Meditation on Yossel Rakoverp. 37
My Encounter with Yossel Rakoverp. 41
To Believe in God "in Spite" of Himp. 63
Holocaust Challenges to Religious Faith: The Cases of Yossel Rakover, Hersh Rasseyner, and Chaim Vilnerp. 73
Requiem for a Jealous Boyp. 101
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780375708404
ISBN-10: 0375708405
Series: Vintage International
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st November 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.57 x 13.31  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.14

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