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sweet irony and delicate humor. It is the religiousness so distinctly
Jewish which gives Zeitlin’s poetry its universal character. Chrono
logically, each new work by Zeitlin represents a distinct advance
over his previous verse. In every new collection of poems the reader
discovers new phases of subtlety and sensitivity, new experiences
responding to new stimuli in the intellectual and physical world,
an ever deepening perception of reality. The discriminating reader
is captivated by the specific brilliance of his verses.
The great wealth of his creativity as a Yiddish poet is reflected
in his book
Lider fun Hurban un Lider fun Gloiben,
being an
inclusive edition of his
Collected Poems (Poems of the Holocaust
and
Poems of Faith),
a publication in the series of the “ Remem-
berance Award Library,” issued by the Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Press of the World Federation of the Bergen-Belsen Associations
(New York and Tel Aviv, 1967).
Zeitlin professes complete faith in the Almighty’s rule of the
universe. But like Job he wrangles with his belief in search of
an answer to the questions that have disturbed the hearts and
minds of many faithful Jews since the martyrdom of six million
of our people during World War II. It is in this book that we see
Zeitlin in the role of Job, asking the questions and seeking to
provide the answers. This self-interrogation is in the fifth part of
the book
Yidnland
(Jewish Land), the series of verses belonging
to the cycle of poems written during the author’s sojourns in the
Land of Israel, where he found a measure of consolation for his
broken heart.
Zeitlin’s mystical intuitions are not confined to the teachings of
the Zohar and the Caballah. He is in search of the profundities
in the daily round of existence. His researches in this field proved
to be very fruitful, as is exemplified by his extraordinary work
Ha-Metziyut ha-Aheret
(The Other Reality), which must be con
sidered one of the most significant contributions in the field of
parapsychology. This 440 page book was published in Tel Aviv
in 1967, when the author was approaching his seventieth birthday.
Zeitlin’s Hebrew books include the poetry collection
Shiri
u-Poemot,
the two dramatic poems in
Min ha-Adam ve-Maalah;
the Holocaust tragedy
Ben ha-Esh veha-Yeshah,
the essay volume
Medinah ve-Hazon Medinah,
and the Hebrew translation o
Bialik’s verse written originally in Yiddish.
Among Zeitlin’s Yiddish works are the apocalyptic poe
Metatron,
the poetry collections
Shotns Oifn Shnay
and
Gezamelt
Lider,
the dramatic poem
Brenner,
the historic play
Yaakov Frank
the comedy
Jacob Jacobson,
and the novel
Brenendikeh Erd.