Elie's Religious Journey

Elie's Religious Journey

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  • Shows that he was very dedicated to his religion, and would always pray. He shows this by comparing praying to breathing, which is a normality in life.
  • Why did I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breath?
  • Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves? BecauseHe kept six crematoria working all day and night, including Sabbath and the Holy Days. Because in His great might, He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many other factories of death
  • Although Elie still believes in God and that he does look over the people. At the moment he is angry at God for bringing him to such a horrible place
  • 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?
  • He went from comparing praying to breathing, and now he has stopped praying all together. Also he might have given up on God, but he still believes that he exists
  • As for me, I had ceased to pray. I concurred with Job! I was not denying His existence, but I daubted His absolute justice.
  • As Elie is losing hope in God and slowly dying on the inside he feels that God is dying with him. Thus slowly killing the God he once believed in as a child.
  • And from within me, I heard a voice answer: "Where He is? This is where—hanging here from this gallows …"
  • Now Elie has come to the point in which he has given up all his faith in God. Now he is also blaming God for the death and despair that is occurring around him
  • Although Elie has mostly given up on God, he still prays for his own strength, and also so that he does not abandon his father like some did.
  • And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside 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."
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