Night by Ellie Wiesel

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Thesis: Often in times of cruelty and suffering, religion is used as guidance in order to survive. In Night, by Ellie Wiesel, as the Jews were making a transition from their normal lives, to entering the holocaust, many of the Jewish people disregarded religion and lost faith in god. Ellie Wiesel begins his story by describing one of his close friends, who went by the name of Moishe the Beadle. Wiesel and Moishe the Beadle are both very religious Jews. Ellie Would study Jewish prayers, Talmud, during the day, and at night he would run to the synagogue to cry about the destruction of the temple. He was very eager to learn Kaballah, despite being too young for it. His father wouldn’t teach it to him, nor would he find someone to teach it to him, so Moishe the Beadle decided to dedicate his time to teach it to him. Although Wiesel didn't know why he spent his time being so religious, it was natural to him, like “breathing.” As the story progressed, all the Jews were expelled from Sighet, and one of those Jews was Moishe the Beadle. Luckily he got to escape from the Nazis, but after seeing inhuman and cruel actions from the Nazis, such as tossing up babies and using them as shooting practice targets, he came back a completely different person. Moishe the Beadle, “no longer mentioned God or Kaballah. He spoke only of what he has seen” (Wiesel 7). In this scene, although he came back not brutally wounded, he was dead on the inside. Instead of using God as help for times to become better, and for future problems not to occur, his soul was ripped out. As times got worse, Wiesel was sent to a concentration camp. During his first day at camp, Wiesel spotted that the Jewish people, “began to recite the Khaddish. The prayer for the dead. I did not know if it has ever happened before, in the long history of the Jews, that people have ever recited the prayer for the dead
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