In Night by Elie Wiesel, Moshe the Beadle is the first character mentioned. He is a very poor man, and the people of the town of Sighet, for the most part, did not like the poor. The townspeople might help the poor, but they often did so grudgingly. Moshe, though, everyone loved, and nobody felt embarrassed about having him around. Moshe, physically, was described as being awkward.
"Physically he was as awkward as a clown. He made people smile with his waiflike timidity." (Wiesel 1)
Wiesel goes on to describe him as a man with large eyes that looked as though they were dreaming or lost in space. Moshe chanted, but he spoke rarely. He was also very smart and the only one who had studied Cabbala well enough to teach it. Finally, Moshe was a foreigner in the town of Sighet. Wiesel does not tell us where Moshe was originally from, but because of his foreign status, he is taken in the first shipment by the Nazis. He makes it back and tries to warn the Jews about what is going to happen to them, but nobody believes him. If they had listened to Moshe, many more of them might have survived.