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Why Why me Why this Why have you let this happen Why These are the questions that every person has asked of God at some devastating point in their life They are the same questions that young Elie Wiesel asked throughout his months in concentration camps His narration of his life during the holocaust in Night depicts a young boy condemned by his faith in a continuous struggle to live as well as a continuous struggle of his spirituality Elie Wiesel questioned religion before the holocaust He questioned his religion during the holocaust His religion took a backseat to his struggle to survive in the camps Eventually he gave up on his religion because of the holocaust It is my firm belief that any one person regardless of their established faith having been put through the same experience would ultimately experience the same phases and decline in their faith Throughout the history of Judaism the Jewish people have looked to the prophets for guidance in their lives In the 11th century prophets known in Hebrew as navi-meaning spokesman became national leaders speaking in the name of God Prophets upheld strict principles of justice and humanity and warned of national disaster Bamberger In the opening of the book Elie is searching for guidance and finds a mentor in Moshe the Beadle who takes on a very prophetic influence Moshe intrigues Elie after he forces him to think about his reason for praying Moshe encourages Elie to question life by explaining with great insistence that every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer Wiesel 2 Elie continues to see Moshe often finding guidance in him I can identify with Elies interest in finding answers about his religion just as I have begun to realize the many questions I have about religion All organized religions give people the possibility to question and venture deeper into the religion Elie is not unlike the thousands
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