Faith In Elie Wiesel's Night

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Initially, Wiesel and all the Jews of Sighet believed deeply in God. Their faith in the Almighty was absolute. At already 12 years old, Wiesel wanted to study the Kabbalah, a world of mysticism as explained by his father, despite the Jewish laws about this discipline. Furthermore, when he was talking with Moche the Beadle, his master in Kabbalah, Wiesel said, “We would read together, ten times over, the same page of the Zohar. Not to learn it by heart but to extract the divine essence from it.”( page 15). That symbolizes their strength of faith. Wiesel and his fellows considered God as the master of the universe, responsible for everything that happens on earth. They were hopeful even in dire circumstances. For instance, while in …show more content…
For extra rations, jews could fight and kill each other. To corroborate these facts, Wiesel explained us what occurred when a person from outside the train threw a little bread in the wagon where they were more than 80 people, “In the wagon where the bread had fallen, a real battle had broken out. Men threw themselves on top of each other, stamping on each other, tearing at each other, biting each other. Wild beasts of prey, with animal hatred in their eyes; an extraordinary vitality had seized them, sharpening their teeth and nails.” (Holden on page 105). Friendship, kindness, compassion and identity values were taken away from the jews. They gave way freely to their survival instincts meanwhile losing all human values. “Death wrapped itself around me till I was stifled. It stuck to me. I felt that I could touch it. The idea of dying, of no longer being, began to fascinate me. Not to exist any longer. Not to feel the horrible pains in my foot.” said Wiesel on page 92. A human is not capable to touch death. Furthermore a human is afraid of the idea of dying. In this case Wiesel was not afraid by this idea. In contrary, he was even allured by that idea. All these actions on jews made them gradually lose faith after each minute of torture. In these dire circumstances, Jews felt abandoned by …show more content…
Jews were brutalized by Nazis. They were overwhelmed by these actions and could not believe that God, the Almighty and Eternal, responsible for everything in the world could permit such atrocities. “ Why, but why should I bless him? In every fiber I rebelled. Because he had had thousands of children burned in his pits? Because he kept six crematories working night and day, on sundays and feast days? Because in his great might He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many factories of death? ”, said Wiesel on page 74, to express his feelings about God. Wiesel who considered God as his best friend abandoned him and all the jews to the same fate. This quote depicts how Wiesel changed throughout holocaust passing from faithful to faithless. Additionally, Wiesel even felt himself stronger than the Almighty as he said in his book night, “This day I had ceased to plead. I had ceased to be anything but ashes, yet I felt myself stronger than the Almighty, to whom my life had been tied for so long. I stood amid that praying congregation, observing it like a stranger.” (Wiesel, page 75). He compared himself as ashes stronger than the Almighty. For a 15 years old boy to feel that he can be stronger than God shows us that he must have endured a lot of degrading treatment which make him lose his religious passion. Moreover, Wiesel said, “Never shall I

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