Where is God now?

Just a few weeks ago we heard of the passing of Elie Wiesel, Jewish writer, professor, human rights and peace activist, Nobel Peace Laureate, survivor of the Shoah (Holocaust).  Eliezer Wiesel was born in the town of Sighet, now part of Romania.  In 1944 at the age of fifteen he and his family were deported to the German concentration and extermination camps where his mother, father and little sister perished.  Wiesel and his older sisters survived, living through the torment and despair of that experience.  After the war Wiesel was one of the first Holocaust survivors to break the silence.  He said his experience in the camps changed forever his understanding of God: “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed  …  Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust.  Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself.  Never” (Night).  Wiesel struggled to make sense of what was happening in the camps but nothing from the past, nor his studies of Talmud (Jewish rabbinical writings), were of help.  There was nothing that was an adequate response to and understanding of that horror.  Wiesel did not lose faith in God utterly but, as he says, he learned to ask different questions: “I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions” (Night)…

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Ms Kerry McCullough

Dean of Mission