How does Moishe the Beadle contribute to Elie's religious education in Night?

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Moishe the Beadle became Elie's mentor and tutor as Elie began to study the Kabbalah, the beliefs of a mystic portion of the Jewish tradition. Elie's father opposed Elie's attempt to begin this work because Elie was too young and inexperienced to be able to understand what he would be exposed to in that effort.

You are too young for that. Maimonides tells us that one must be thirty before venturing into the world of mysticism, a world fraught with peril. First you must study the basic subjects, those you are able to comprehend.

Elie, however, does not accept his father's comment as being the final word. He continues to search for the deeper exposure and experience that his soul craves. As he spends time at the synagogue in study and prayer, he attracts the attention of Moishe, who first questions Elie and then begins the process of education.

Thus began my initiation. Together we would read, over and over again, the same page of the Zohar...And in the course of those evenings I became convinced that Moishe the Beadle would help me enter eternity, into that time when question and answer would become ONE.

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