GOD’S TRIAL: THE JOKE

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

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 bernard­stan­bury@ya­hoo.co.uk

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