In the novel "Night" the Wiesel family as well as the other Jewish people were expelled on the Sabbath. As devout Jewish people their Sabbath day begins on Friday night at sundown and continues through Saturday night at sundown. During this period of time the people do no work or unnecessary activity of any kind. The Jewish people believe that this is time for reflection, rest, and worship of their Lord. They were forced to gather all their belongings and leave their homes on this most holy of days.