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The story of Star Wars before it happened

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  • This quote illustrates the beginning of Elie's difficult journey of self discovery and realization. Here, Elie's faith is blind and simple. He believes what he was told and has not yet had a trial to make him question his beliefs. Now he is about to begin looking deeper into the core of his beliefs with his newfound mentor, Moishe the Beadle.
  • Why do you pray?
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  • I don't know
  • This shows that Moishe the Beadle has given up, and foreshadows Elie's eventual reaction to the trials he will face. Seeing a person so strong in his faith break down must have been scary for Elie, and must have raised doubts about what he spent his whole life blindly believing. This is the first step in the breakdown of Elie's faith.
  • Even Moishe the Beadle had fallen silent. He was weary of talking. He would drift through synagogue or through the streets, hunched over, eyes cast down, avoiding people's gaze.
  • This is the first time Elie questions his faith aloud. He wonders how the God of his childhood could condemn anyone to the fate he is witnessing. The foundation to everything he believed in has been shattered, and now he has to find a way to either move on or build it back up.
  • For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. why should I sanctify his name? The almighty, the eternal and terrible master of the universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank him for?
  • "May his name be celebrated and sanctified..."
  • This is the the point at which Elie loses himself entirely. He turned away from the faith he was taught to cling to. The eager young boy dying to learn was no more. In his place emerged a tortured darkness, desperate to survive at all costs, whether that was with or without his father.
  • The student of Talmud, the child I was, had been consumed by the flames. All that was left was a shape that resembled me. My soul had been invaded – and devoured – by a black flame.
  • This is when Elie finally began to turn away from what he had become. In the midst of darkness, his eyes are finally opened by the actions of another son just like him, who made the choice he was in the process of making. He realized he couldn't turn away from his father after all he had done for him. He realized that his father was all that he had left of who he used to be.
  • And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside of me, a prayer to this God in whom i no longer believed.
  • Oh God, master of the universe, give me the strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahu's son has done.
  • It is in his name that i speak to you and that i express to you my deepest gratitude as one who has emerged from the Kingdom of the Night.
  • Years after he survived Auschwitz, as an older man, Elie shows that he has regained his faith in God and emerged from the Kingdom of the Night. This could mean two things: that he has literaly survived Auschwitz, (the Kingdom of Darkness) or that the young boy he once was has resurfaced, and that he is once again the curios, eager to learn boy of his youth.
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