Paper on "Night" by Elie Wisel

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Elie's Spiritual Journey

In Elie Wisel's Night, Elie goes through an incredible spiritual change. In the beginning of his book he is striving to become the most devoted Jew he can. This is illustrated by his "crying because something inside me felt the need to cry" as he was praying in the temple. His devotion to Judism is also shown by his desire to study the Kabbalah. When his father discourages him from studying this "world of mysticism" Elie begins looking for his own teacher, and he finds Moishe the Beadle. Moishe helps Elie see why he prays and guide him in the teaching of the Kabbalists. One of the first times Elie's faith is tested is when he first gets to Birkenau and sees the crematorium. There people are expecting death yet his father says "May His name be celebrated and sanctified." Elie gets mad at his father for saying this, because Elie had an expectation from his devotion to Judism. He expects to have a long life with minimal trials thanks to his devotion. However, when his faith is tested he says: "For the first time I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank him for?" This shows he is disappointed in God. The Bible says "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Elie's attitude is not thankful and even hating. We see that Elie also feels like God has left Elie and the Jews. In chapter 4 a young boy is hanged from the gallows. As he slips in and out of death someone says: "For God's sake, where is God?" Elie says "Where He is? This is where - hanging here from this gallows." Elie now believes God is dead or has forgotten about His people. His response shows that he has begun to totally disregard God, and even question himself as well as his faith. Elie is upset that God is allowing the Jews to be slaughtered. "You have betrayed (the inmates)...
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