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Moché the Beadle Character Analysis

A poor Jew, an immigrant to Hungary, who helps out at the synagogue in Sighet. He becomes Eliezer's teacher, but is deported by the authorities because he is a foreigner. He returns to warn the town of terrible things the Germans are doing to Jews, but the town does not take him seriously and thinks he's gone mad.

Moché the Beadle Quotes in Night

The Night quotes below are all either spoken by Moché the Beadle or refer to Moché the Beadle. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Having and Losing Faith in God Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Bantam Books edition of Night published in 1982.
Chapter 1 Quotes
"I have been saved miraculously. I managed to get back here. Where did I get the strength from? I wanted to come back to Sighet to tell you the story of my death. So what you could prepare yourselves while there was still time… I wanted to come back, and to warn you. And see how it is, no one will listen to me…"
Related Characters: Moché the Beadle (speaker)
Page Number: 5
Explanation and Analysis:

This is the first indication that something is deeply amiss, and yet also at the tendency for people to not want to believe in horrors that might uproot their lives. In this case, Eliezer's community largely ignores the warnings from Moché the Beadle because what he describes seems too awful to be real. Moché's warning offers an opportunity for the Jews to leave Eastern Europe, but nobody heeds Moché the Beadle's warning because to take his words seriously would be to acknowledge a reality that nobody is prepared to live with.

What Eliezer notices about Moché the Beadle is that his faith – which was once all consuming – seems to have slipped. Here, Moché the Beadle says that he was "saved miraculously" and "managed to get back here." But he does not attribute the strength that this took to God's intervention, as Eliezer would have assumed. Instead, Moché the Beadle is concerned with the human over the divine – he says he found the strength to return so that he could save his community. This foreshadows the loss of faith and the futility of gestures of humanity that occur in the rest of the book. 


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Moché the Beadle Character Timeline in Night

The timeline below shows where the character Moché the Beadle appears in Night. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Having and Losing Faith in God Theme Icon
Inhumanity Theme Icon
Moché the Beadle works at a Hasidic synagogue in the town. Poor and physically awkward, he... (full context)
Inhumanity Theme Icon
A few months later, Moché appears in town again, telling a horror story. Once the train arrived in Poland, the... (full context)
Having and Losing Faith in God Theme Icon
Guilt and Inaction Theme Icon
The people of Sighet do not believe Moché's story. Even Eliezer does not believe him, although he notices that Moché has changed, and... (full context)