Who was Moshe to Eliezer and why did he hold such a relationship?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Moshe the Beadle was Eliezer's spiritual teacher.  At the time, Eliezer was not finding any spiritual guidance from anyone.  Eliezer's father was more concerned with commercial matters and civic matters.  Sincerely inquisitive about the nature of the divine, Eliezer found a spiritual master and teacher in Moshe.  It was a relationship that transcended the ceremonial and the routine memorization of religious scripture.  It was one in which Eliezer was able to find a spiritual mentor who enabled him to probe the existential being of God.  In exchanges where Moshe teaches Eliezer about "the orchard of truth" and praying for the strength to ask the questions to the divine, Eliezer's relationship to Moshe becomes one of a guru and student in the purest sense of the word.  Moshe's distance from the community gave him more credence to speak of the religous construction of humanity.  This is where he held such a special relationship to Eliezer. This relationship was vital for a young Eliezer who wanted to probe the divine being and make it a part of his own condition in the world.  The disruption of the relationship between Moshe and Eliezer and between Eliezer and the divine is what makes the Nazi atrocity even more appalling.

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