Faith & Spirituality Expressed in Night by Elie Wiesel

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In each of our individual lives, there always appears to be one significant factor that keeps us resistant to giving up, even when times are tough and it feels as if the walls surrounding us are closing in rapidly. Such elements may range from just the slightest twinge of hope, to the family and friends around you. In Night, by Elie Wiesel, many of the Jews and other segregated individuals during the Holocaust have been deprived of such things. Families were separated and relationships were discontinued, identity’s were entirely stolen, and hope was being hung onto by just a thread.. However, out of them all, each member’s faith and spirituality have remained superior and strong throughout each obstacle. To begin, earlier in the story, Elie had desperately wanted to study and learn the various teachings of the Kabbalah. With Moishe the Beadle’s help, he had been successful in doing so, tightening his spirituality and connection with God. This particular association is what kept him strong when the dangers of the Holocaust had first reached his doorstep. As they were attending the walk out of their homes and into the small ghettos, the reality of impending terrors awakening inside of them, they had dropped to the ground and prayed to no one other than God, desperately shouting, “Oh God, Master of the Universe, in your infinite compassion, have mercy on us.” Throughout the rest of this story, Elie had struggled to maintain his faith during all of the appalling obstacles which had needed to be overcome. This had been terribly hard and there had been repeated questionings of God’s existence, even times when he felt that his belief had been completely exhausted. However, although it might have been hanging by just a thread, his faith was still very much existent. To further explain Elie’s steadfast spirituality, it is important to touch upon the some of the many

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