In chapter 1 of the book Night, what is most important to young Elie? Describe the relationship between Elie and Moishe the Beadle.

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For the second part of this question, Moishe is one of the poorest members of the Jewish community in Sighet, but he is very learned in the Talmud. He becomes Elie's teacher, instructing him secretly in the Zohar, or the scripture of the Kabbalah. Moishe teaches Elie some important lessons that inform how one reads the rest of the book, especially Moishe's explanation that one comes to know God through asking questions and that he prays for the strength to ask "the real questions."

Moishe, as a foreigner, is among the first Jews deported from Hungary; he escapes from his captors and returns to Sighet to tell of the mass slaughter of the deportees at the hands of the Nazis, although no one believes him.

For Elie, Moishe is a problematic figure. Although Moishe has no authority in the town, he gains a measure of influence over the boy, who is a willing student of Moishe's own brand of faith. Yet Elie is unable to comprehend how Moishe's story of the slaughter and Moishe's miraculous escape could be true, or why Moishe would return to Sighet to warn his fellow Jews of their fate.

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Earlier in the story, Elie’s most important aspect of life was his religion. He studied the Talmud during the day and spent a significant part of his night in the synagogue where he wept over its destruction. He was intensely fascinated by his religion and wanted to learn its deeper secrets through the studies of the Kabbalah.

By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple.

According to his father, Elie was too young to delve into the mysticism that surrounds the studies of Kabbalah. He believed that it was important for Elie to continue studying the basic subjects before upgrading to the most sensitive subjects of the religion. With these reasons, Elie’s father declined his son’s request for a master who would teach him in the ways of the Kabbalah. However, Elie remained steadfast in his quest to study the kabbalah and found himself a master to guide him. His master in the studies was Moishe the Beadle, who recognized Elie’s unwavering interest in understanding the Jewish religion and was willing to help.

I succeeded on my own in finding a master for myself in the person of Moishe the Beadle. He had watched me one day as I prayed at dusk. "Why do you cry when you pray?" he asked, as though he knew me well.

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