By Hugo Gryn
Hugo Gryn's demise brought on a massive outpouring of grief, not only from the congregation on the West London Synagogue the place hewas rabbi for 32 years, yet from the a lot wider viewers who had come to understand him as a typical panellist at the ethical Maze and during his proclaims on a number of 'God slots' for the BBC and Capital Radio. With only a few mins to inject a dose of spirituality into the day-by-day lives of believers and non-believers alike, Hugo's mild humour, his heat and compassion, his deep spirituality and his unquenchable religion in humanity made an enduring influence on listeners and he's remembered with affection via hundreds of thousands. This selection of his top radio scripts, arrangedby topic (ranging from the Holocaust to Mahatma Gandhi) and given a private and historic context via Hugo Gryn's daughter, Naomi, will pride his present admirers and produce his wit and knowledge to a brand new new release. It presents a becoming memorialin what might were his eightieth birthday yr.
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Hugo Gryn's demise caused an incredible outpouring of grief, not only from the congregation on the West London Synagogue the place hewas rabbi for 32 years, yet from the a lot wider viewers who had come to understand him as a customary panellist at the ethical Maze and during his declares on a number of 'God slots' for the BBC and Capital Radio.
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There is a heavenly Book of Life and for each person alive there is a page or a ledger in it. On Rosh Hashana, God opens this volume and begins to write in it, and by the time this season concludes with the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, ten days later, the fate of all who are entered there is sealed. In one of the prayers whose words and melody always move me to tears, God is pictured as deciding, ‘Who will live and who will die . . who perish by ﬁre or water . . by violence of man or the beast .
Then on the ﬁrst night of Chanukah, in our crowded barrack-room (Block 4 it was), the melted fat in its place, we sang the blessings about God’s miraculous saving power. And then disaster! Margarine does not burn! It just ﬁzzled out. And my anger over precious and seemingly wasted calories, and the less than good-natured teasing of non-Jewish fellow prisoners. Though I was then a middle-aged 14-year-old, I burst into tears. My father, who also saved his rations, and whose idea the celebration was in the ﬁrst place, and without whose support I would certainly not be alive to tell this tale, tried to comfort me.
Hugo and I took the show to 100,000 listeners. When The Spirit Moves won the Voice’s 1 award for best gospel music in Europe, ﬁve years running. Thank you Hugo for giving us more than ‘Three Minutes Of Hope’. By the way, when you meet the Big Man, tell him that the devil made me a better offer. Hey Hugo, I’m a business man. —Al Matthews, actor Filming Chasing Shadows. 1989. Hugo re-enacts his bar mitzvah in the only remaining synagogue in Berehovo. HUGO’S ANECDOTAGE Hugo had a penchant for personal anecdotes; they were, perhaps, his most compelling weapons of expression.
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