Elie Wiesel Reflection

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“Dear Lord, grant me the grace of wonder. Surprise me, amaze me, awe me in every crevice of your universe. Each day enrapture me with your marvelous things without number. I do not ask to see the reason for it all: I ask only to share the wonder of it all.” This quote from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel examines the beauty in the mysterious ways that God works, something people of all religions believe to be true; That God’s plan is almighty and those who question it, do not have true faith. Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical novel, Night, published in 1956, follows Elie, a highly religious, Jewish, 15-year-old boy, as he and his father are sent away to the Auschwitz concentration camp. While there, Wiesel is forced to a reexamine and even question his previously strong relationship with God. On pages 67 and 68, Elie begins his first act of rebelling the Jewish religion when on the first night of Rosh Hashanah, he doesn’t participate in the prayer and later, when he doesn’t fast for Yom Kippur. Through anaphoric repetition and juxtaposition, Wiesel explores the complicated and ever-changing relationship with God that victims of religious persecution face. This malleable relationship with faith causes an inevitable rebellion in Elie because as his affinity with his religion changes, so does his view of himself, because he is his religion. Elie Wiesel delves into the dynamic relationship of people in traumatic situations with God. As a boy placed in a concentration camp because
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