Loss of Faith and Religion in Ellie Wiesel’s Night Essay

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The Holocaust survivor Abel Herzberg has said, “ There were not six million Jews murdered; there was one murder, six million times.” The Holocaust is one of the most horrific events in the history of mankind, consisting of the genocide of Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, mentally handicapped and many others during World War II. Adolf Hitler was the leader of Nazi Germany, and his army of Nazis and SS troops carried out the terrible proceedings of the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel is a Jewish survivor of the Nazi death camps, and suffers a relentless “night” of terror and torture in which humans were treated as animals. Wiesel discovers the “Kingdom of Night” (118), in which the history of the Jewish people is altered. This is Wiesel’s “dark time …show more content…
He and his father attend services at temple regularly, pray, and study the history of the Jewish people. He is fond of the Jewish religion and wishes to study Kabbalah, which is an ancient Jewish tradition that teaches the deepest insights into the essence of God, His interaction with the world, and the purpose of creation. This is very strange for a boy to study, and because of this his father won’t find him a teacher, “You are too young for that. Maimonides tells us that one must be thirty before venturing into the world of mysticism, a world fraught with peril” (4). Frustrated and determined to find a teacher to teach him the mysticism of the world, Wiesel meets Moishe the Beatle, “I succeeded on my own in finding a master for myself in the person of Moishe the Beatle” (4). Moishe asks Wiesel provoking questions about the religion and praying to deepen his knowledge, “Why did I live? Why did I breathe?” (4). Even when Wiesel is in the ghetto, he still has faith and is completely orthodox. Because Wiesel is extremely dedicated to his study of the Jewish religion, it is harder for him to lose it during the horrible and horrifying events of the Holocaust, “I continued to devote myself to my studies. Talmud during the day and Kabbalah at night” (8). In conclusion, Wiesel is a deep believer in God and the Jewish religion, and because of this it is harder for him to lose it during the Holocaust.
Faith is trusting God for your safety,
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