Eliezer’s faith in the goodness of the world is irreparably shaken, however, by the cruelty and evil he witnesses during the Holocaust.
He cannot imagine that the concentration camps’ unbelievable, disgusting cruelty could possibly reflect divinity.
” His belief in an omnipotent, benevolent God is unconditional, and he cannot imagine living without faith in a divine power.
Since God is good, his studies teach him, and God is everywhere in the world, the world must therefore be good.
The Holocaust began to surface after months progressed slowly.
Eliezer’s strong faith began to waver as Moishe the Beadle, a pious old Jew, explains: “I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.” (Wiesel, 5) Moishe’s words frame the conflict of Eliezer’s struggle for faith.
Though this realization seems to annihilate his faith, Eliezer manages to retain some of this faith throughout his experiences.
At certain moments—during his first night in the camp and during the hanging of the pipel—Eliezer does grapple with his faith, but his struggle should not be confused with a complete abandonment of his faith.
Eliezer’s struggle with his faith is a dominant conflict in Night. Initially, Eliezer’s faith is a product of his studies in Jewish mysticism, which teach him that God is everywhere in the world, that nothing exists without God, that in fact everything in the physical world is an “emanation,” or reflection, of the divine world.
At the beginning of the work, his faith in God is absolute. In other words, Eliezer has grown up believing that everything on Earth reflects God’s holiness and power.