Wrestling with God
By Haggai Hitron

Leonard Bernstein’s symphony “Kaddish” will be performed tonight in Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem plaza, commemorating the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto. In addition, Dr. Samuel Pisar, a Holocaust survivor and jurist who became an influential adviser to American leaders, will recite his poem, “A Dialogue with God.” His narration will be done on the backdrop of the symphony, performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tel Aviv Chamber Choir, with a soprano soloist. The Yad Vashem Holocaust Authroity’s chairman, Avner Shalev, will stress in his opening remarks that “even here in the Jerusalem hills, the sounds of a personal, national and universal Kaddish will be heard.”

Hundreds of Holocaust survivors have been invited to attend the event, sponsored by Lily Safra, chairwoman of the Edmund J. Safra Fund, in conjunction with the Center for Holocaust Survivors in Israel.