Changes in Religion in Night
By j_blau_, Updated
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"One day I asked my father to find me a master who could guide me in my studies of the Kabbalah."
This quote occured early in the story in Sighet (before taken to the ghetto). He is requesting to learn about his religion and all of the wonders that it contains. He is clearly eager to worship and be a part of Jewish tradition
"The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank him for?"
This thought occurred when the Jewish people in captivity were reciting the Kaddish. This is an early sign of Ellie losing his newfound faith in God. It sparks the beginning of his roller coaster relationship with God.
"I found myself whispering the words, "Yisgadal, veyiskadash, shmey raba..." My heart was about to burst. There I was about to burst with the Angel of Death."
This quote demonstrates how losing even the smallest amount of faith can result in a negative output on life. Although there is not much to be happy about in his situation, all possible hope is lost because of the absence of God.
"Blessed be God's name? Why, but why would I bless him? Every fiber in me rebelled."
At this point in the story, Ellie has completely left the idea of God. It is clear that the absence of Him is one of the many reasons that he is struggling so much during this time in his life. It also gives him a bigger sense of anger and frustration.
Finally, after a long journey through his religious experiences, Ellie sees the light. He learns that having God in his life is the reason that he survives the Holocaust. He returns to his older perspective that God is what he needs in his life in order to continue believing.
"Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahu's son has done."
At the end of the story, Wiesel reveals that the people that have denied God in their lives were also the ones that ended up growing weak and were unable to survive the Holocaust. It turns out the acceptance of God is what carried the victims through this awful period.
"Shlomo, I am getting weak. My strength is gone. I won't make it..."
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