For Elie Wiesel: a Tribute Cartoon

"Elie Wiesel" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Elie Wiesel” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

I remember so clearly when I read Elie Wiesel’s book Night back in 2006, and reading this remarkable section:

“In the beginning there was faith which is childish; trust which is vain; and illusion which is dangerous. We believed in God, trusted in man, and lived with the illusion that every one of us has been entrusted with a sacred spark from the Shekkinaha’s flame; that every one of us carries in his eyes and in his soul a reflection of God’s image. THAT was the source if not the cause of all our ordeals” (pp. x f.).

I believe this is true not only in our suffering but in our happiness as well. This insight, in my opinion, can apply to all of life.



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  1. Bob Lundgren says:

    Maybe if I read the book I would understand… I DO understand it is childlike/childish to believe in a man-in-the-sky-god that solves all our problems. I also understand that trusting in man is not reliable. But, to say that a “sacred spark” or “a reflection of God’s image” is an illusion — I do not understand. Maybe I haven’t deconstructed enough… Granted, we may not be a reflection of the childish God, but what about the “Ground of Being”, or the panentheistic god? If we are the products of the creative life force in the universe, is that not a “spark”? We can quibble over words, but can we not believe that we are infused with something basic at the core of reality?