Describe Moche' the Beadle from "Night".

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Moche' the Beadle is the first character we are introduced to in Elie Wiesel's "Night."  He was the janitor, or the man who did everything, at the Hasidic synagogue.  Physically, he is described by Elie on page 1:

"Physically he was as awkward as a clown.  He made people smile, with his waif-like timidity. I loved his great, dreaming eyes, their gaze lost in the distance."

He was very poor but still liked by everyone. He did not have shoes. He dressed and lived humbly. He sang a lot but didn't speak much.  He had a way of making himself "insignificant.  As Elie states, he did not embarrass anyone and they were not uncomfortable in his presence.  He was Elie's first teacher of the Hasidic traditions because Elie's father told him to read the Talmud instead of studying Hasidic dogma.

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how does young elie view the world and his place in it