Describe Moshe the Beadle, emphasizing his relationship with the Jews of Sighet, particularly Eliezer, in Night by Elie Wiesel.

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Moishe the Beadle is very much the canary in the mineshaft in the story. He warns the Jews of Sighet about what's happening to their fellow Jews in the rest of the country. But no one believes him; in fact, they don't want to believe him. The thought that Jews are being subjected to atrocities is simply too horrible to contemplate. So the Jews of Sighet ignore Moishe, with tragic consequences.

Even though Moishe is a quiet, unassuming man who never gets involved in other people's business, the Jews of Sighet still don't respect him enough to believe his first-hand account of Nazi atrocities. It's as if they've put him in a convenient box marked "harmless eccentric" and just left it at that. Yet not just Moishe's experiences but also his penchant for mysticism give him an insight into the truth that the Jews of Sighet desperately need at this time. But the truth hurts, as they say, and so no one is prepared to face up to it.

One gets the impression that had Moishe's relationship with the local community been more conventional—let's say he was a respected elder, for example—then he would've been listened to. But because he was a peripheral, marginalized figure, sadly that wasn't the case. This tells us as much about the town and its values as it does about Moishe the Beadle.

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Moishe the Beadle integrates himself into town by not being presumptuous, fading into the background of the townspeople's lives instead of directly interacting with them. Elie notes that while his community has tendencies to help the needy, they don't usually like them. Moishe is different. He makes himself "invisible," bothering no one, and the community respects that about him.

Yet this deeply spiritual man notices something different about Elie. He notes the young boy's tearful prayers and begins to question him about his faith. Why does Elie cry while he's praying? Why does he pray at all? Elie isn't sure how to answer such questions, and he and Moishe begin a spiritual friendship where they engage in deep, reflective conversations outside of traditional worship. Moishe tells young Elie that "man comes closer to God through the questions he asks Him," which will become one of Elie's foundational principles that helps him survive the long nights in concentration camps which he doesn't even realize is his future at this point.

Elie confides in Moishe that he longs to know more about Jewish mysticism, and Moishe begins to instruct him in this area. Together they study not just to know the Zohar by heart but to learn "the very essence of divinity."

Later, Moishe is taken captive and manages to escape. He returns to warn the townspeople of their impending fate, but no one believes him. They believe that Moishe has simply lost his mind, which is a more comfortable reality for them to believe. Only when German soldiers in town begin to restrict the basic movements of the townspeople does Moishe seem to be taken more seriously. He returns to tell Elie's family, says, "I warned you," and leaves without waiting around for a response.

Moishe comes to symbolize both the commitment to the Jewish faith and the strength to ask God the tough questions, which will become Elie's constant source of struggle as he faces the darkest nights of his life.

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Moshe the Beadle is an extremely poor, awkward foreign Jew, who lives in the small town of Sighet. Elie describes Moshe the Beadle as a sensitive, religious man, who is well-liked and treated kindly by the citizens of Sighet. He is also portrayed as being shy and innocent, and he becomes close friends with Elie at the beginning of the story. Moshe becomes Elie's tutor and teaches him the secrets of Jewish mysticism. Moshe introduces and explains the Kabbalistic works to Elie, who is fascinated by the religious subject matter.

Unfortunately, Moshe the Beadle is among the first Jews transported by the Hungarian police under Nazi orders, and is taken to the Galacian forest, where he witnesses atrocities committed by the Nazis. Moshe escapes with his life and returns to Sighet to warn the town about the impending danger. Tragically, the Jewish citizens of Sighet do not believe his story or take him seriously. They doubt everything he has to say about the atrocities he witnessed and believe that he has simply lost his mind. Even Elie does not believe Moshe and feels bad for him.

However, the Jewish citizens of Sighet learn that Moshe was telling the truth after the Nazi troops invade their town and begin transporting them to horrific concentration camps.

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Moshe the Beadle is the first character we meet in Night by Elie Wiesel. He is a very religious man--poor but also very intelligent. Moshe is very well liked by the people of his town, Sighet, which is unusual because the poor there are generally looked down upon. Wiesel describes Moshe as someone who is a "master in the art of making himself insignificant, or seeming invisible." (Wiesel 1)

Elie gets to know Moshe because Elie is very interested in studying Cabbala or Jewish mysticism. Elie, like Moshe, is extremely religious and wants to learn everything he can. In the book, Moshe becomes his teacher. The two of them would talk and study together every night after everyone had left the synagogue.

Sadly, Moshe was one of the first of the Jews from Sighet to be taken away because he was a foreigner. He escapes and makes his way back to Sighet to warn the others of what the Nazis are doing, but nobody believes him.

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