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Why Was Moshe The Beadle Important To Elie Wiesel

Why was Moeshe important to Elie?

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In a way, Moshe the Beadle's story is an allegory for Elie Wiesel 's own story. Moshe the Beadle sees firsthand the horror of what awaits the Jews, and he attempts to share this experience with others. He returns to their town warning everyone of the horrific murders he has witnessed and of Jews being forced to dig their own graves before presenting their necks for execution. He tells them about Jewish babies being tossed into the air and used as shooting targets. Unfortunately, his warnings are not heeded as "people refused not only to believe his stories, but even to listen to them." The...

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Moshe the Beadle in the book "Night" was important to Eli because he represented his town and a way of life.  Moshe was loved by all.  He was a gentle Jewish man who always made people feel good around him.  He was poor and humble. He sang and chanted but did not speak much.  Moshe represents Elie's devout faith in the Talmud and Hebrew doctrine.  He would study during the day and cry over the destruction of the Jewish temple at night.

On day Moesha is expelled from the land because he was a foreigner.  Moesha had been put on a cattle car and shipped out by the Nazis.  He came back though.  He had some terrible things to tell the people.  He told them about the Jews who had been taken to the forest, forced to build their own graves, and then executed.  He even told about the babies being thrown into the air and shot at.

Moshe escaped because he was only wounded.  He spent his time since escape going from Jewish house to house telling them what had happened.  He lost his songs in his heart and felt no more joy.  The people made a choice to stop listening to his stories.  They did not believe them.  They thought that he wanted pity.

Even Elie and his family did not believe what Moshe had to tell them.  Elie chose to use Moshe to demonstrate how truly blind they all were about the offences of the Germans.  By the time they all started believing what Moshe had to say, it was too late.  Later, Elie would lose his own light and spirit with God just as Moshe had lost his.

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