How does Elie change by the end of Night—physically, emotionally, and spiritually?

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In Elie Wiesel's Night, we see the author go through significant and life-altering changes as he faces horrific situations and conditions in the German concentration camps of the 1940s—on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

Elie is quite young when his family is separated: the women are sent to the gas chamber, and Elie and his father fight to survive as they are put to work at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

When the story starts, Elie is extremely spiritual. He loves learning about the faith of his Jewish ancestors, and spends a great deal of time with Moshe the Beadle who instructs him in "the mystical side of Hasidism." 

Moshe the Beadle, the poor barefoot of Sighet, talked to me for long hours of the revelations and mysteries of the cabbala.

Elie's faith was a significant part of his being, of his heart.

He watched me one day as I prayed at dusk. “Why do you cry when you pray?” he asked… “I don’t know,” I answered… “Why do you pray?” he asked after a moment. Why did I...

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