In what different ways can you describe moshe the beadle?
You may describe moshe the beadle from different angles yet surprisingly you will come to know that the he was mainly a religious interpreter trying to understand human life versus the acts of God. He was a poor man and also humble at the very beginning of his life and as such makes him the right person to understand the various aspects of human life and the extreme ways man can exhibit his negative qualities. He was a deeply religious man of which there was little doubt as almost the whole town of Sighet thought him as a person of impeccable character although very poor. Moshe’s spirituality attains a new level with Eliezer becoming his disciple and himself as his mentor.
Moshe during his initial stages was smooth as he only had thought of being true to God and leads his ordinary eventful life as a person would in his circumstances. He also found that practicing and understanding the tenets of ones religion was all that a person needed in order to lead a contented life. Although he never stated this openly it was quite visible by the way he carried out his daily activities at the Hasidic Synagogue an apt way to describe moshe the beadle.
It is this specialty about Moshe that attracted Eliezer at a very young age. Although Eliezer or Eli’s father who was well known in both business and social circles then distracted him, Eli didn’t see much reason in this. His father in order to dissuade him told him to wait till he was thirty a time perhaps most men would have thirst of worldly happiness. Eli was however too keen to make Moshe his mentor that would help him understand the mystical realism of Jewish religion.
This shows Moshe’s appeal to young people like Eliezer. He was too willing to let Eli learn as much as he wanted and fed him everything he knew from Talmud to Cabbala. However, things turned for the worst with World War II and Moshe being a foreign Jew found himself in Nazi concentration camps.
Testing time of faith
The faith of Moshe was shattered in the Nazi concentration camp although he managed to escape and warned the Jews of Sighet of the impending doom that was to come. They however much to Eli’s surprise reacted quite the other way. Instead of reasoning as to whether there may be substance in what Moshe was saying they thought him as a lunatic.
Moshe by now was disillusioned by his faith of God as he was witness to some of the worst war crimes by Nazis. On the other side Eli too was disconcerted by the people who thought little of Moshe and his words and he too became inclined to disbelieve all that he had been tutored. For both it was a psychological journey that undid many of their earlier beliefs. The Nazis naturally attacked Sighet and the words to describe moshe the beadle by the citizens failed as the worst holocaust was upon them.