In Elie Wiesel's Night, the author writes of his experiences in the death camps during World War II, giving testimony to the horrors prisoners endured. Elie's experiences did not cause him to lose all faith, but to become doubtful about a just and merciful G-d. He also rejected the religious life he led before the camp and rebelled against what he perceived as a distant, silent G-d.
In the original Yiddish manuscript, Wiesel explains the transformation from innocent acceptance of G-d and goodness to skepticism and doubt. He wrote:
In the beginning there was faith—which is childish; trust—which is vain; and illusion—which is dangerous. We believed in God, trusted in man, and lived with the illusion that every one of us has been entrusted with a sacred spark from the Shekhinah's flame; that every one of us carries in his eyes and in his soul a reflection of God's image. That was the source if not the cause of all our ordeals.
Upon first entering Auschwitz, he writes,
For the first time, I...
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