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  • In the beginning of the story Elie spends most of his time capturing everything he can about the Jewish religion. At night Ellie even goes to the temple to weep over it's horrible destruction. This represent how much the Jewish religion means to Ellie as he spends a lot of time worshiping.
  • "By Day I studied Talmud and by night I would run yo the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the temple."
  • Ellie has begun to question his faith. He doesn't understand how the supposed God could let innocent Jews be killed. Ellie begins to resent God and move away from the Jewish religion.
  • "For the first time, I felt an anger rising in me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the external and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank Him for?
  • "Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever."
  • The flames represent the Germans. They have taken Ellie's religious beliefs and thrown them into the furnace. At this point it has been made clear the Ellie faith will never be as strong as it once was.
  • As Ellie hums these songs with Yossi and Tibi the reader learns that Ellie has not forgot all aspects of his faith. When Ellie thinks the words "majestic sanctity of Jerusalem" he is praising the Jewish religion. Ellie has not lost all hope in regaining his faith.
  • "And so we would sometimes hum melodies evoking the gentle waters of the Jordan River and the majestic sanctity of Jerusalem."
  • Ellie has pushed his faith aside. He no longer cares. Saying Kaddish to someone is a sacred thing. For Ellie to forget about a promise to say Kaddish it shows how mush he has pushed the religion aside.
  • "And three days after we forgot to say Kaddish."
  • When Ellie gives his Nobel Peace Prize speech, he introduces to the world that he has beat the inevitable, and he managed to salvage the remains of his broken faith. Even though Ellie may never have the same faith that he once had, he was still able to rise form the ashes of a horrible tragedy. He was able to accept the Jewish religion back into his life.
  • "But I still have faith. Faith in God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and even His creation."
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