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What was Elie Wiesel's faith like?


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Answered 2009-05-15 16:35:00

Wiesel was brought up in a very strong Jewish home and explored his faith deeply as a young man. The Holocaust and his experiences in it caused him to question his faith, get angry with God, question God and redefine God's role in his life, but they never caused him to deny God's existence. "And I became religious, even more so. The question to me was a double question. How come that I really became religious, more deeply than before? And the second one, how come I didn't lose my sanity? "I never divorced God. I couldn't. I'm too Jewish…But I said to myself, 'I do believe in God.' But I have the right to protest against His ways. I have the right to be angry. And so, I do it a lot, very often, and I wouldn't change a word of my discourse to God, my appeals to God, against God. Because I came to a certain formulation saying a Jew or a man can be, can be religious or can come from a religious background, with God or against God but not without God. So I cannot live without God." - From Elie Wiesel: First Person Singular

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