Elie Wiesel expresses his feelings about the existence of God in page 175 of his novel Night, he states: “Some of the men spoke of God: His mysterious ways, the sins of the Jewish people, and the redemption to come. As for me, I had ceased to pray. I concurred with Job! I was not denying His existence, but I doubted His absolute justice.” Although I have had some rough times and have felt hopeless just like this author, I have never lost faith or stopped believing in God. For Elie, having faith was one of the only things that kept him going and motivated him to stay strong and make it through all the horrible experiences he had in the concentration
Some viewed their time in a labor camp as a test of their faith. They believed if they stuck with God through such suffering, that they were truly dedicated to the Jewish religion. The book, Night, is a great testament to this. Elie Wiesel’s time in the camp may have weakened his faith, but a number of his fellow Jews were strengthened by the whole experience. The idea of God punishing the Jewish
The speech that was read by Chief Red Jacket to defend the religious beliefs of his people is a powerful piece of literature that is underrated. The speech describes the feelings that were caused by the religious intolerance from the Americans. Currently, the United States have started to appreciate the impacts of the Native Americans and other minorities in history. However, a piece of history that has been quite hidden is the religious intolerance of Native Americans. Chief Red Jacket utilizes repetition, pathos, and rhetorical questions to convince the Americans to tolerate the religion of the Native Americans.
Despite vast differences in how they practice their religions, both Samuel Heilman’s and Padrey Carney’s religious experiences reflect Livingston’s concepts. Heilman’s story begins with a religious myth about Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakki, who escapes from the Temple shortly before it is destroyed and founds the ideas of modern Judaism (Comstock 263-264). The purpose of this myth is that it “serves as a foundation or charter for a communities worldview”, as it sets how the Jews are supposed to live after the destruction of the Temple (Livingston ). The Temple was the center of Judaism and as such demonstrates Livingston’s concept of axis mundi, which means the center of the world. After the destruction of the Temple, the axis mundi of the Jewish
Elie Wiesel addressed the transformation he underwent during the Holocaust in his memoir, Night. Wiesel changes vastly throughout the book, whether it is his faith in God, his faith in living, or even the way his mind works. In the beginning of his memoir, Wiesel appeared to be faithful to God and the Jewish religion, but during his time in concentration camps, his faith in God wavered tremendously. Before his life was corrupted, he would praise God even when he was being transferred to Auschwitz, but after living in concentration camps, he began to feel rebellious against his own religion. In the book, Elie
So we question how has a religion that has suffered so much still exist today? The answer lies behind their undeniable character. With having suffered so much and still choosing to follow the religion aware that persecution is a major part of your religion. This shows that when you truly believe in something fear is merely a feeling. But the simple answer to all this is their devotion to the Torah and its commandments that have kept them going, believing that one day they would live in a world where they would be able to worship freely.
As a result of living in a concentration camp and the horrible experiences he lived through, it is evident that Wiesel begins to lose the faith that was once so important to him. Although Wiesel himself argues that he did not lose his faith, many would argue that the events that took place during the Holocaust caused Wiesel to resent God and lose his faith that was once so important to him. Growing up, Elie Wiesel’s faith
Steele analysis Night as being focused on how the Holocaust affected many people’s faith with God. He states that Night’s purpose was , “to focus on the Holocaust’s significance for altering the human understanding of man’s relationship to God” (Steele 1). He then begins to explain that ever since 1945, due to the Holocaust, many theological revisions have taken place in both Jewish and Christian beliefs. However, he distinctly points out that, “Night is not an example of the “death of God theology””(Steele 1). He makes it perfectly clear that Wiesel did not lose complete faith in God, however his views of God were significantly alter after his survival.
Before the thought of being confined in concentration camp ever occurred to Elie, his life was one that was oriented around pursuing the divinity of his religion and being emotionally stimulated by this pursuit. When Elie is inquired by a local cabala practitioner, known as Moshe, about why he wept when he pray, Elie 's response is "-because of something inside of me that felt the need for tears." This response evoked from Elie shows that he is connected with his soul and is one that is so emotionally-inspired that he "felt the need for tears." In addition to the expression of his emotions, Elie describing his absolute demand for displaying his sentiments also show how connected he is with feeling the power of his own prayer. After all, Elie weeped over the loss of the Temple and ran to the synagogue every night just to pray, showing his undying, faithful
In fact, Reverend Hale, a well known minister during the salem witch trials, goes on to say that taking a life is never justified. Hale’s claim is true except for in instances where life is taken for justice. I somewhat agree with Hale for saying that taking a life is never justified. I think that in certain instances where justice is involved, it must be done.the bible has a great way of showing that killing is not justified in most cases but God himself sometimes has to have his people take lives to serve justice and make things better. For example, the 6th commandment in the