Elie Wiesel Reflection

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World War II, one of the largest conflicts in human history took the lives of approximately six million Jews. Those who were fortunate enough to survive walked away as changed human beings. They walked away questioning their very being and struggling with the memories of what they had experienced. Elie Wiesel, the narrator and author of the novel Night, was one of few Jews who survived the war; however, the atmosphere and the horrors of the concentration camps make Elie question his religious teachings, and slowly deteriorated his belief in god. In time this conflict slowly undermines everything Elie has learned from his community which in result causes him to ask questions and more importantly ask the right questions.
Initially, Eliezer’s faith is a result of his Jewish studies, which teach him that God is everywhere in the world, that nothing exists without God, that in fact everything in the physical world is a reflection, of the divine world. At the beginning of the memoir, his faith in God is absolute. When Moshe asks him why he prays to God, he answers, “Why did I pray? . . . Why did I live? Why did I breathe?” (Weisel 4). His belief in comforting and caring God is unconditional, and he cannot imagine living without faith in a divine power; however, throughout the Holocaust Elie’s faith is shaken to its core and he begins to question God himself. Since his studies showed God is good and God is everywhere in the world Elie believes the world is generally good. When
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