Eliezer is a devout Jew dedicated to discovering the greater meaning and inner workings of his religion. He invests his time in reading and learning from the Talmud. He is also interested in the studies of the Cabbala, and in spite of opposition from his father, Eliezer manages to find a teacher. However, as the story progresses, and Eliezer is exposed to the German army, and the realities of the Holocaust, his beliefs, and ideas about God and his faith are challenged.
As he and other Jews approach the crematory, Eliezer questions his faith and feels the burning sense of revolt against God for the first time:
Why should I bless His name? The Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-Powerful and Terrible, was silent. What had I to thank Him for?
After seeing babies being dumped into the crematory, Eliezer admits that he will not forget the flames that consumed his faith forever.
Eliezer gradually loses his sense of self. He was once healthy and full of dreams for a normal life. However, in...
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