A hundred Sandy survivors gathered at The West End Temple in The Rockaways on Sunday to hear about, and from, a Biblical character who famously faced calamity. Four actors read a portion of the Book of Job in a flood-damaged sanctuary still undergoing repairs.
Actor Eric Bogosian played Job, who is wont, in the midst of his suffering, to observe glumly that, "Life is a breath. Like a cloud fading in the sky, man dissolves into death."
Afterward, survivors of the storm used a wireless mic to take turns grappling with the meaning of what had befallen them. Said one, "We are all being tested every day of our lives for reasons unknown ... we just never give up."
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