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占飛 wrote about Elie Wiesel today.
During the holocaust. Elie Wiesel, a Nobel laureate, Jewish writer was a boy when his whole family was put into a concentration camp in Auschwiz. He saw something in the camp puzzling him. There were three Jewish scholars (rabbis?), organising a trial on God for He had broken His promise by keeping silent on the suffering of His chosen people. God was found "guilty" in the "court". What puzzled Wiesel was that after the "guilty" verdict, the Jews then said it was time for the evening prayers.
"The trial lasted several nights. Witnesses were heard, evidence was gathered, conclusions were drawn, all of which issued finally in a unanimous verdict: the Lord God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, was found guilty of crimes against creation and humankind. And then, after what Wiesel describes as an 'infinity of silence,' the Talmudic scholar looked at the sky and said "It's time for evening prayers," and the members of the tribunal recited Maariv, the evening service" (Robert McAfee Brown)
Wiesel wrote a play "The Trial of God", based on this experience but in a different time-sapce, which was in 1649 about a massacre of the Jews in Eastern Europe (Ukraine).
There was a BBC television play based on Wiesel's event in Auschwiz. The play is called "God on Trial". The final speech (The Verdict) was quite a powerful scene:
God on Trial: The Verdict
(One term to know before viewing this video clip: Adonai, which means "The Lord" in Hebrew. This is one of the titles used by the Jews in referring to their God.)