Elie Wiesel Reflection

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Over six million Jews were killed in the brutal events of the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the horrible event, has recalled his story in his memoir Night. Elie and his father are Jewish, meaning, they practice the religion of Judaism. Judaism is a monotheistic religion based off the teaching of the Torah. In Night, there is a shift in Elies religious beliefs throughout the memoir. The change in his beliefs had a lasting effect on Elie and his survival though the Holocaust. Throughout the many concentration camps Elie and his father lived in, many other prisoners faced the same dilemma of keeping their faith. Before the Germans invaded his hometown of Sighet, Elie was enveloping himself in the studies of Kabbalah. His father dejected his request to find him a Master of Kabbalah, and after searching Elie found one for himself in the form of Moishe the Beadle. That is his father says “"You are too young for that. Maimonides tells us that one must be thirty before venturing into the world of mysticism… He wanted to drive the idea of studying Kabbalah from my mind. In vain. I succeeded on my own in finding a master for myself.” As he was learning with Moishe the Beadle, Elie’s moral was very high and he seemed to enjoy what he was doing. That is, Elie says “We spoke that way almost every evening, remaining in the synagogue long after all the faithful had gone, sitting in the semidarkness where only a few half-burnt candles provided a flickering light.” This shows his dedication to his religion, if he never enjoyed his studies he would not stay and talk to his mentor long after his time was over. After Elie and his father are taken to Auschwitz they begin to see the real side of the concentration camps. One scene that sticks in Elies mind is the children that are being burned alive in the firy pits. This is the real time that Elie begins to question his faith. That is Elie says “Blessed be God's name? Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves? ... Because in His great might, He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many other factories of death? How could I say to Him: Blessed be Thou, Almighty, Master of the

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