Night Religion

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How Weisel's religious beliefs change over the course of "Night"

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  • At the beginning of the memoir, Elie's faith in an omnipotent God was unconditional and unwavering. But this would all soon change.
  • And in the course of those evenings I became convinced that Moishe the Beadle would help me enter eternity, into that time when question and answer would become ONE.
  • This is when the reader can start to see that Elie is growing a bit frustrated with God, and is starting to doubt his faith in Him. He is questioning why God didn't intervene and stop this cruelty.
  • "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?"
  • The reader can now see how Elie's faith in God is continuing to dwindle, to the point where he no longer even prays.
  • "As for me, I had ceased to pray...I was not denying [God's] existence, but I doubted His absolute justice."
  • "Why, but why would I bless [God]? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves?"
  • With the increasingly poor circumstances, Elie has seemingly no choice but to question God. Why should he be exalted? Why would he let such horrible things happen to such innocent people?
  • Even though Elie had been doubting his faith in God, he still did not lose it entirely. This is shown by Elie continuing to pray to not replicate what Rabbi Eliahu's son did, despite his waning belief in the good of God.
  • "And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside me, a prayer to this God in whom I no longer believed."
  • This speech was given over 40 years after Elie's experiences, and he is demonstrating his renewed faith in God. This shows how despite all the circumstances, he never entirely lost faith in God, although it was hard to keep it at times.
  • But I have faith. Faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and even in His creation.
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