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Describe Elie Wiesel as a child in his book Night.

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sasha96 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 12, 2013 at 2:02 AM via web

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Describe Elie Wiesel as a child in his book Night.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 12, 2013 at 2:49 AM (Answer #1)

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Night is the story of Eliezer Wiesel from the time he is a young boy until he is eventually released form a concentration camp during World War II. It is not surprising that Elie undergoes many changes in his faith and beliefs as his story progresses, but as a boy Elie is a child who possesses exceptional faith.

Elie is the youngest of three children and the only boy. His parents own a shop (which his sisters help run), and his father is a leader in the Jewish community. Other than this, most of what we learn about Elie as a boy concerns his deep faith in God.

Elie is thirteen years old in 1941, and in matters of faith he is "deeply observant." He spends his days studying the Talmud and his nights crying in the synagogue over the loss of the Temple. He has always felt that there must be something more than the traditional Jewish teachings he is studying, so he asks his father to find him a tutor who will help him study Kabbalah. 

Elie's father dismisses the idea because he feels Elie is too young for such deep spiritual training, so Elie finds a teacher on his own: Moishe the Beadle. One night at the synagogue, Moishe the Beadle asks Eli why he cries when he prays.

I had never asked myself that question. I cried because . . . because something inside me felt the need to cry. That was all I knew.

Until 1944, Elie spends his days studying the Talmud all day and Kabbalah at night; however, this is the year everything changes for Elie, his family, and the rest of the Jews in Sighet.

As a boy, Elie's faith is extraordinary and deep. Over the next years, his faith will be tested, and at times it will fail him. 

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sasha96 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 14, 2013 at 6:12 AM (Answer #2)

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thank you so much for your help 

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