Describe and explain Elie's view of God in Night by Elie Wiesel.

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Elie Wiesel's Night explores the literal journey of Elie and his family from their home in Sighet to Auschwitz, a Jewish interment camp. As Elie is marched to a train, stuffed like cattle into small train cars, sorted into groups which will decide who lives or dies, and made to witness countless horrors, he experiences a spiritual journey away from God.

Elie spends his teenage years learning at the side of Moshe the Beadle, who encourages Elie to explore the Torah and Kabbalah texts. Elie is devout in his faith, praying to God daily and constantly looking for more ways to commune with God. He is inquisitive about his faith and keeps it at the forefront of his mind.

Elie's faith begins to waver after Moshe is taken by the police. Moshe escapes and returns to Sighet, where no one believes the horrors he has seen. Even when the gestapo come back to gather the rest of the Jewish people of Sighet, they doubt Moshe and don't believe they'll be treated as badly as he describes.

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