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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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duhh | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 10, 2009 at 3:36 AM via web

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In Elie's book, what does he mean when he says, "that turned my life into one long light seven times sealed"?

What does "seven times sealed" mean?

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jane-jacobson | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 10, 2009 at 5:05 AM (Answer #1)

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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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hluplow | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2010 at 1:15 AM (Answer #2)

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I belive it replies to the sevel seals in the bible that the lamb pulls off and forms the horsemen. THe horsemen represent: death, illness, war, and hell. These may all apply in the book.

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