Wiesel on Job:

God was using Job as a screen to keep Satan busy while God freed his people from Egypt. Interesting theory.

Job’s friends were bad because they didn’t try to comfort Job, they pointed out his suffering and preached on suffering, he was in the midst of sorrow and they built theories on grief. Instead of helping, they discussed how bad it was.

The part of the story of Job the Midrash and Wiesel don’t like is the fact that Job took the kids and stuff at the end of the story. To them this disrespects the whole point of suffering. Wiesel is consumed with the Holocaust as he survived it, as he should be. But because of his suffering he was never able to enjoy success which came to him in life. To enjoy success was disrespect to the suffering. Kind of sad that he had no hope.

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