Who unofficially teaches Elie the Kabbalah?

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At the beginning of the book, it is Moshe the Beadle, a kind of elevated homeless man of Sighet, who teaches Elie the Kabbalah.  Many in Judaism felt that the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystic text, was too heavy to be studied by a teenager, but Moshe saw Elie's earnestness and commitment to wanting to study the text and began to work with him.  It was this study that cemented Elie's early dedication to Judaism.

Unfortunately, the tutelage would be short-lived.  Shortly thereafter, Moshe the Beadle, a foreign born Jew, would be deported out of Sighet via the cattle cars that would later transport Elie.  Although Moshe managed to escape and warn the people of Sighet of the impending doom, people did not believe him.  Haunted by what he had seen, and unable to communicate the warning to the people of Sighet, Moshe the Beadle was never the same.