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In Elie's book, what does he mean when he says, "that turned my life into one long...
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In the poem by Elie Wiesel, “seven times sealed" refers to Jewish mysticism and traditions. The number seven stands as a symbol of completion in Jewish thought as shown by the seven days of creation, the seven days of mourning after death, the seven blessings said at a wedding. The seven seals come from the Kabbalah, teachings of Jewish mysticism. As a soul takes a mystical journey to approach God, it must pass through seven gates each guarded by fire and fearsome angels. To go through the gates unharmed, the traveler must use a magic seal, a secret name. Just as to complete the spiritual journey he must be “seven times sealed,” so to survive the Holocaust too, he had to pass through awful fires and trials.
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