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Why did Eliezer pray and cry when he did so?

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rockne1932 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 27, 2007 at 3:55 AM via web

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Why did Eliezer pray and cry when he did so?

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted December 27, 2007 at 11:17 AM (Answer #1)

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Elie prays constantly throughout the book, even when he is questioning his own faith, he talks to God and desires to know the why behind what is happening to him. At the beginning of the book, Elie is thirsty for his religion. He yearns to know everything there is about it and even finds a kabbalistic master in Moishe the Beadle who tries to teach him about Jewish mysticism when he father told him he was too young and that there were no official masters in Sighet. Moishe sees Elie praying and Moishe asks him why he cries when he prays, but even Elie doesn't understand. He tells him he doesn't know why he cries. Elie is deeply spiritual which is probably what helped him get through his time in the camps when others could not. He had an understanding and connection with life that far surpassed his age.

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coloradorockz | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM (Answer #2)

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Eliezer prayed simply because he was religious and hungry to know more about his culture. he cried because he felt the need for tears. he tried to answer HIS questions but failed

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