GOD’S TRIAL: THE JOKE
The story I heard about putting God on trial in Auschwitz ( JC, September 19), though humorous, has such a ring of authenticity that something similar might well have taken place in more than one concentration camp.
After a trial lasting some hours — with evidence for the defence very thin on the ground — the jury chairman rose to his feet: “The jury unanimously finds God guilty of condoning the most horrendous crimes against humanity. Far from being omnipotent, He is powerless to intervene in mankind’s actions.”
The rabbi, who is also the judge, rises to his feet and — visibly quite disturbed — concurs. Then, becoming aware of the dwindling light in the room, in some consternation exclaims: “We should have finished minchah by now. Quick Yossel, give out the siddurim!” Bernard Stanbury firstname.lastname@example.org