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"i'v got more faith in Hitler that in anyone else. he's the only one who's kept his promises. all his promises to the Jewish people" this quote is realy strong i think,most of the jewish people losed their faith in god, they couldn't keep on beliving in him after he didn't help them when they went truth so much but hitler, he kept his promises he was strong and scary, he was something that the jewish could folow but god was astualy nothing for them. i am tring to put myself in their place and i think that i wont belive in god if he did me something like that. it's hard to keep your faith in such situation.
Dear Yael, I agree with you that it would be very hard to believe in God after we were ever in that situation. We can only hope that we could have enough faith to keep believing in Him. Kevin
i agree with your words about faith in god but i dont agree when the man says that he gots more faith in hutril ,i think that god trid testing his shoozin peopel and test ther faith and not living them alone.i have a qusuoin why the name of the book is night?
Emad, Thanks so much for responding. I was so excited to read your thoughts on the book. I think the name of the book is night because of the part in the book when Elie was talking about his first night in the camps and how terrible it was. The word night could also mean that is was so dark, and gloomy, and depressing during the Holocaust, but I am not sure. What are your thoughts? i hope to get another response from you soon! Erica
"yes, man is very strong, graeter then god.......they praise your name" p.64 All the story we can see that Eli loosing his fate in god progressively. In the start, he study the Talmood, later, he started to ask the god questions, and now, it's the final step. He was angry of him, he doesn't believes in god any more. I think that there is 2 ways to treat thw god in Eli's position: one, start to believe in god, pray for him to save you, and two, stop believeing god, like Eli did. It's a very difficult choice to have, apparently he couldn't believe anything in that place, he was depress, and he chose the second way: not to believe in god.
The life in Buna didn�t seem so bad, compared to other places. I don�t know why exactly, but to me it seemed like that in Buna they didn�t have good lives of course, but the threat of death above their heads was smaller. I am probably wrong. To me, the biggest shock was when the Jews thought if they need to fast or not too. In that point, I completely agreed with Eli. As his rage increase, so did mine. Even I felt that we don�t owe anything to god, and not only that we don�t need to prove our devotion to him, he needs to proof his devotion to us. I was even mad on the people that wanted to fast... I thought how could they still believe in such a blind faith? This is the god�s idea for a chosen people?!?!? Again it brought up questions that I thought about for a couple of years, since I became old enough to understand what really was the holy cost; where was god when our people suffered? Where was he when my grandfather, a religious man in those days, and millions of people like him, suffered only because their religion- only because they were being faithful and loyal to the god that didn�t help them, that didn�t rescue them, that didn�t answer their prayers. Because of the one and only god they were in this situation in the first place, and he didn�t help them. In days of insanity, in life under the shadow of death, it�s hard enough to keep a pinch of sanity, but I believe that the disappointment of a silent god is the thing that can destroy all passion to live.
"Praised be thy holy name, Thou who hast chosen us to be butchered on thine altar?" Elie "mocks" God in this statement of anger and rebellion, sarcastically praising Him for choosing the Jewish race to be sent to the concentration camps and killed by the thousands. Elie asks how could anyone worship God now, when God hasn't shown any sign of his presence at Buna. Yet there are some that remain faithful to God. They still praise his name even in all the hardships they are going through in the camps. These prisoners haven't lost hope in the one God who will save them. But Elie asks, "Why, but why should I bless Him?" All of the Jewish prisoners at Buna have been devoted to God all thier lives, and this is how he repays them? He chooses them from from among the races "to be tortured day and night, to see our fathers, mothers , brothers, end in the crematory?" This is not the way Elie pictured it to be.
Dear Yael, Quote: "I had ceased to be anything but ashes, yet I felt myself to be stronger than the Almighty, to whom my life had been tired for so long." I look at this quote and I wonder how bad it must have been for Mr. Wiesel to question his own faith. I think he felt abandoned by God since they were going through this terrible experience. Another thought that comes from this quote is that he feels that he has been through so much hardship, that he feels that he has become stronger than the Almighty. The fact that he has been able to survive up to nowis a great accomplishment.
page77: '"I've got more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He's the only one who's kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people.'" I chose this satement because it shows how much some people lost faith in God during the Holocaust. The man is describing how Hitler kept his promises to the Jewish people even though these promises included punishment and torture towards Jews, among others. In this statement the man is comparing Hitler to God and he talks as though he doesn't believe a God really exists because all of these horrible things are happening to "God's children". When he compared Hitler to God it was slightly shocking because Hitler was so evil and God is good. ~Michele~
Elli lost (or atlist stratiing to lose) his fate in god only in this part of the book, i think that if i were him i would have lost it a long time before him...,i mean, how can you belive in a god that allow thos things happend to you-someone how belived in him with full fate sinse he was young!? It's very sad that Elli and his dad left the hospital just before the libertion... but i think that what's most men would have done.(because the nazies killed the sicks and weak...). You can also see that now Elli is the "leade" and he tell his father what to do...
Hey Ryan I think that the few first pages were really sad. Especially the part where Eli had lost his faith in god. It showed me how the holocaust could cause a man that believed in god for all his life to lose his faith in a year. The part that talks about Yom Kipur was also very sad. The dillema of wheather to fast or not to fast was a really hard one. It touched me because altough they were starved and sick they kept thinking about god and the bible. Another thing that shocked me was the sentence of the man in the hospital: "I've got more faith in Hitler than in anyone else...". The man was so desperate and lost all hope so he started to affect others like Eli. I thought a lot about this sentence and it had great influence on me. Ofir
Hey Doron. This section of the book was very interesting. The sentence that really got to me was on page 77. Weisel says: "I've got more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He's the only one who has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people." I found this quote to be very interesting. I don't think that he meant this. He was just angry with God for all that was happening to his people. I think that saying "God works in mysterious ways" applies to the whole Holocaust situation. God must have a reason for all of this. I beleive that in some unknown way, he was keeping his promises. He was just using a differnt approach. I hope to hear from you soon! Jessica
" In three days I shall no longer be here...Say the Kaddish for me" pg.73 Akiba Drumer lost his faith that everything was going to be safe. In the end allot for the people in the camps lost thier faith that god is with them,but the fact that at the end when he knew that he was going to die he then turned back and ask of the Kaddish to be said to him. "It's the end. God is no longer with us." pg73 I was realy shocked that the Rabbi said this and him of all people.I thought he would be the one keeping everyones heads up and belief in god and his powers. They were dyeing for their religon and for them not to have faith that god will come through is crazy. To me it shows that they have really hit the bottom because their thought of god leaving their side.
"I've got more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He's the only one who's kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people." This quote stuck out to me when I was reading, because it was an example of extreme hopelessness. Elie's faceless neighbor gave up on his people and the world. Even when they could hear the guns of the Russian army, all their hope was gone. They realized that Hitler was on a mission and would try by all means to achieve it. The Jews had suffered so much and so long that they didn't believe that help could be so close.
hi, i think u r right about that sentence, it efected me deeply too. when eli went to the hospital i was sure he was about to die, because the nazies killed most of the sick people. i was very sad to know that eli is going to suffer needlesly because he didnt stay at the hospital. morun
"Praised be thy holy name, Thou Who hast chosen us to be butchered on Thine altar?" Elie "mocks" God in this statement of anger and rebellion, sarcastically praising Him for selecting the Jewish race to be sent to the concentration camps and killed by the thousands. Elie asks how coud ayone worship God now , when God hasn't shown any sign of his presence at Buna? Yet thier are some that remain faithful to God they still praise his name even in all the hardships they are going through in the camps. These prisoners haven't lost hope in the one God who will save them. But, Elie asks, "Why, but why should I bless him?" Every Jewish prisoner at Buna have been devoted to God all thier lives and this is how He repays them? He chooses them from among the races "to be tortured day and night, to see our fathers, our mothers , our brothes, end in the crematory?" Elie rebelled in every fiber.
hi, i think u r right about that sentence, it efected me deeply too. p.s please read my next later; i choosed a sentences.
The qoute that I chose was on page 64, "Yes, man is very strong, greater than God. " I chose this qoute because it shows the faith that the men in the concentration camp had in God. They were in a place were death was all around them and the men well some ofthem remained positive and kept the faith and that helped them, some of them survive the camp. Without their faith most men would have crumbled in their envoirment. If I were in the situation that the people who were in the camp were in I would try to keep a positive attitude but I probably couldn't have. It would have been exteremyl hard to keep a positive outlook. The men who did had their faith tested, came out of the situation with a stronger faith in God. What are your feelings? Adam Kelly
The quote I picked this time was: "Man is too small, too humble and inconsiderable to seek to understand the mysterious ways of God." this enovoked me with thought. It is completely true. Poeple don't even try to understand what God does. He is so much more magnificant and extraordinary than us. If we were to understand the ways of God, I think we would not be able to live because we couldn't bear all of the information that we would have. If a person were to walk up to me right now and say that they completely understod everything that God does, I would laugh instantly because I would know that they are lying. No onw will ever completely understand God. ~Steve~
Dear Steve, I am secular. I believe in fate. They are some things that we don't understand but I think that the quote you chose means that maybe the Holocaust and everything they went throw was because God had a goal. I don't believe, I don't want to believe that if there is a God and we don't know it's way, It is true. I think that the Nazis are blame and God couldn't to anything or he didn't exist to help them. A quote:" ... "Well, what shall we do, father?" He was silent. "Let's be evacuated with the others," I said to him..."Lets hope that we shan't regret it, Eliezer" " (Page 78). Elie become the one that making decisions and not his father. The children and teens in the Holocaust became really mature and there parents, who were tired let them be in charge. It is a little bit sad. Noa
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