Rabbi Avigdor’s Haggadah of the Holocaust

Isaac Avigdor, son of a respectable Rabbi Jacob Avigdor, etched permanently in the history of Drohobych. In his youth, he attended the rabbinical seminars in Europe. He was one of the most important religious leaders of eastern Galicia. He studied philosophy in Lviv. He served as Rabbi in Galicia and Drohobych. During the second world war he was in a number of concentration camps. After the liberation by the American army he took care of the children of refugees in religious villages and kibbutzim in France, Italy, Belgium, Austria and Hungary. Rabbi Avigdor was the author of books in Hebrew, Yiddish and English and religious articles in periodicals. His first collection of English sermons was released in 1960, the dissertation was devoted to the person of Baruch Spinoza. In 1973 he was awarded the Rabbi Herzog Prize. During his stay in the United States he has been President of the Yeshiva of the name Solomon Kluger and later Yeshiva on Long Island. He was active in the national and international field. His memoirs from the period of the second world war has been published in the work: From Prison to pulpit. Sermons for all Holidays of the Year and the Stories from the Holocaust. In fifty sermons he tells the unique story of the Jewish people, with particular attention to the suffering and persecution of the Jews. Author is struggling with questions of faith in Judaism from many points of view trying to understand the phenomenon of the survival of the nation, whose existence in the story is a paradox. Avigdor compares Jews to phoenix recovering among the Nations of the world.
The book of Rabbi Avigdor consists of two parts, sermons and stories (written on the model of the haggadah) that allow the reader to get to know the destruction of Eastern European Jewry. Description of the experience of the Holocaust has been led in a dynamic narrative interspersed with comments of the ancient prophets and commentators. The most interesting remains the second part From Prison entirely dedicated to the liquidation of the ghetto and stay in the concentration camp. Rabbi, despite the torture and family tragedy has not lost faith.
It is the fusion of fact and fiction, personal relationship told by a religious Jew.

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