Provocative Play Raises Complex Questions About Faith and the Holocaust

at the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

In the wake of the Holocaust, destruction and misery elicited varied responses from Jews. Many cited their faith as a key element in their survival. For others, belief in God was quashed in the face of unprecedented pain and injustice. These two viewpoints come face to face in Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and David Brandes’ profound play The Quarrel, which will be presented on Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. A discussion with playwright and popular author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin will follow the performance.

Based on the short story My Quarrel with Hersh Rasseyner by Chaim Grade, and adapted from the 1991 film by David Brandes, the play opens in Montreal in 1948. Two friends – Hersh an Orthodox rabbi, and Chaim, a secular Jewish writer – meet after years apart, each thinking the other had perished in the concentration camps. With the events of Auschwitz fresh in their minds, the two debate the role and relevance of religion in a post-Holocaust world.

Tickets to this event are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $12 for members. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (646) 437-4202.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is the author of Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History among other best-selling works on Jewish history and religion.

WHAT: The Quarrel
Featuring Reuven Russell and Sam Guncler; with Avi Billet
Post-performance discussion with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

WHERE: Edmond J. Safra Hall

Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

36 Battery Place in Lower Manhattan

WHEN: Wednesday, November 14
7 P.M.

COST: $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, $12 members