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In chapter 5 of Night, why didn't Elie fast on Yom Kippur?

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marimal30 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 6, 2009 at 8:12 AM via web

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In chapter 5 of Night, why didn't Elie fast on Yom Kippur?

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monzi | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2011 at 1:48 PM (Answer #1)

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because he had lost his faith in god, and he thinks it was stupid to fast when they are starving.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 6, 2009 at 8:33 AM (Answer #2)

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In Elie Wiesel's novella "Night" there were many Jewish Holiday's spent in the Nazi Concentration camps.  The incident you are asking about occurred after he and his father had been moved to Buna.  He states in the novel,

"I did not fast.  First of all, to please my father who had forbidden me to do so.  and then, there was no longer any reason for me to fast.  I no longer accepted God's silence.  As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a symbol of rebellion, of protest against Him.  And I nibbled on my crust bread. (pg 69)

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thedutchinator | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 25, 2012 at 9:49 AM (Answer #3)

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because since that elie had lost faith in god he didn't think it was write to obey his relegion and delebritley starve himself when they are suffering at the hands of the SS, so elie decieded to eat and drink to survive

 

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anaiah777 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted May 23, 2013 at 7:07 PM (Answer #4)

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Because elie lost faith in God and figured yom kippur was a waste of time

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