Night, By Eliezer Wiesel

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There are many important themes and overtones to the book Night, by Eliezer Wiesel. One of the major themes from the book includes the protagonist, and author of his memoire, Elie Wiesel’s ever changing relationship with God. An example of this is when Moche the Beadle asked Elie an important question that would change his life forever, as the basis of his passion and aptitude for studying the ancient texts and teachings of Judaism, “When Moche the Beadle asked Elie why he prayed, Elie couldn 't think of an answer that truly described his faith, and thought, "a strange question, why did I live, why did I breathe?" (Wiesel 14).

The book begins describing Elie’s religious teacher of the Kabbalah, Moshe the Beadle, as a “jack of all trades,” or the “go-to man” for advice or jobs. Kabbalah is a type of religious study derived from Judaism. It is very rare and only practiced by a small part of the Jewish population, this includes Rabbis. This is because you can only study Kabbalah, written in the Zohar text, or other subcategories of Jewish mysticism, until you have mastered the Tora and Talmud. Kabbalah is a very advanced level of religion and interpretation.

The book takes place during the span of World War II, and continues through Elie’s perspective, as a prisoner, persecuted due to his religion as a Jewish student. The first main plot line is when Elie and his family are taken from their happy, peaceful lives in the small town of Sighet Transylvania, and are put into a…

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