Tags: Rabbi

Collaborators [משתפי פעולה]

The play is divided to three acts: the first takes place in a Jewish hospital in an unnamed capital city in central Europe in 1943. The second act takes place in the same time and city, but focuses on ghetto life working groups, a Rabbi's story and Eichmann's bloody offer. The third act takes place in Israel, June 1, 1962—Eichmann's trial in Israel. It focuses on the death sentence, the last confession, etc. Then there are nine past visions: the Rabbi, a speech by a diplomat, a burning ghetto and others.

The Quarrel

Two childhood friends reunite after years of separation. One has become a pious rabbi, the other a free-living writer. Both are survivors, both lost their families to the Holocaust. Each assumed the other was killed. Their chance encounter in a park sparks an old quarrel regarding God and ethics that was the cause of their estrangement many years earlier.

Two

In Germany in 1948, a rabbi gives Hebrew lessons to a German woman who wants to emigrate to Palestine. The rabbi is a survivor of Auschwitz and the woman, it is revealed was an S.S. member in the camp. The play deals with the moral issues confronting survivors and perpetrators in postwar Germany.

Yom Kippur

Three concentration camp prisoners, an assimilated Jewish financier, a poor Jew, and a rabbi, are forced to desecrate their holiest holiday, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, by staging a farcical entertainment and by using the abandoned property of those already exterminated for their costumes and stage properties. Even after submitting to the Nazis' irrational demands, the prisoners face the same fate as those already sent to the gas chambers.
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