During the first couple chapters of Night by Elie Wiesel, Elie displays a strong Jewish faith. Elie shows a strong devotion. He studies the Talmud which is the Jewish law. However, he also strives to study to Kabbalah. This says volumes of his spirituality as not even many Jewish adults studied the Kabbalah which is essentially information on Jewish mysticism. The Kabbalah defines the world as innately beautiful and full of wonderment. This is not typically what most 15-year-old boys would fantasize about learning. Kabbalistic even go so far as to connect Hebrew letters with numbers, find sums of these words, then attempt at making connections. Despite Elie’s father discouraging Elie from studying the Kabbalah by stating "There are no Kabbalistic in Sighet,” he still shows want to study. Again this shows Elie’s true enthusiasm for the Jewish faith. Elie’s wishes are eventually granted when he meets Moishe the Beadle, a homeless man, at the synagogue. Moishe knows all about Kabbalah and starts to teach him. Elie and Moishe would sit and read the Kabbalah repeatedly "extract the divine essence from it" (Wiesel 15). Moishe and Elie commonly discussed other philosophical Jewish question...
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...Wiesel 97). Elie could not find his faith again after the horrendous event he witnessed. Again I remind you this is a 15-year-old boy who had lost his mother, his sister, and many other family members, neighbors, etc. This kid even saw these deaths. One of the jobs in the concentration camp was to shovel the bodies into the fire of the crematory; if that did deter anyone from their faith I don’t know what could.
Elie’s views of God went from one extreme to the other, due to the extreme events of the Holocaust. Initially, Elie one of the most devout Jews in Sighet. On the contrary, as he is put through the nightmares of the concentration camps, he view of God changes. In the end, God is now the enemy and resentment floods over Elie. Elie’s physical and emotional abuse during the Holocaust is to blame for this change in Elie’s perspective.
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