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Questioning faith in the parsha

Night by Elie Wiesel

Parsha Sh’mot                                                                     Elie Wiesel

Never Shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever.

Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.

Never.

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One response to “Night by Elie Wiesel

  1. irvzuckerman December 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Until “Night'” the stories and excerpts selected to extend the content of the parsha did just that. But here we have a totally opposite situation. In Shemot, Moses kills the oppressor and takes the first steps toward leading his people to freedom. In this excerpt from “Night” Weisel draws a picture of utter hopelessness. No one rescues him from his abuser. In fact, what rescue does come arrives too late for millions. Perhaps we would have done better with “The Golem.”

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