Who is Moshe the Beadle (from Elie Wiesel's Night)?

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"They call him Moshe the Beadle." This is the first line from Elie Wiesel's novella Night. Moshe the Beadle is the first character readers are introduced to. He is a poor "jack-of-all-trades," who lives in "utter penury" (poverty). Elie, the protagonist and author, desires to learn the Kabbalah. After Elie's father deems him too young to study Kabbalah, Elie decides to find his own teacher. Elie found his teacher in Moshe. 

Moshe also holds another important position in the text. Taken by Hungarians, Moshe returns to Signet to warn others of the their fate. Everyone believed him to be lying or in need of sympathy. No one listened to Moshe, the one who knew what was to come. When the Nazis arrive to remove the Jewish people from their village, Moshe flees from the town. 

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