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The Trial of God

The Trial of God

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Written by Elie WieselAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Elie Wiesel

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
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  • Publisher: Schocken
  • On Sale: November 14, 1995
  • Price: $15.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8052-1053-8 (0-8052-1053-9)
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Set in a Ukrainian village in 1649, this haunting play takes place in the aftermath of a pogrom. Only two Jews, Berish the innkeeper and his daughter, Hannah, have survived the brutal Cossack raids. When three itinerant actors arrive in town to perform a Purim play, Berish demands that they stage a mock trial of God instead, indicting Him for His silence in the face of evil. Berish, a latter-day Job, is prepared to be the prosecutor. But who will defend God? A mysterious stranger named Sam, who seems oddly familiar to everyone present, shows up just in time to volunteer.

The idea for this play came from an event Wiesel witnessed as a boy in Auschwitz: "Three rabbis--all erudite and pious men--decided one evening to indict God for allowing His children to be massacred. I remember: I was there, and I felt like crying. But there nobody cried." Inspired and challenged by this play, Christian theologians Robert McAfee Brown and Matthew Fox, in a new Introduction and Afterword, join Wiesel in the search for faith in a world where God is silent.