Influence to begin independent thoughts; mysticism of the Kabbalah.
His father wants him to be more educated. Protective father.
“You are too young for that. Maimonides tells us that one must be thirty before venturing into the world of mysticism, a world fraught with peril. First you must study the basic subjects, those you are able to comprehend.” “There are no Kabbalists in Sighet.” “He wanted to drive the idea of studying Kabbalah from my mind.”
A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Important to know the basics before developing an intellectual understanding of religious practices and beliefs that may be flawed. Prevents confusion – or at least is a step in the right direction.
(grandmother) (father – bird)
Father well respected by the community; however, no father/son discussion when questioned. Eliezer then goes on his own quest of his faith through Moishe. Parents often make this mistake. “I am your father/mother, trust what I say without question.” This oftentimes causes rebellion. – good/bad.
Maimonides –Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon – first to write a code of Jewish law all must follow. Mishneh Torah
Page 4 & 5
Begins to ask questions. Why? Why? Why?
It is always good to ask questions. From that, we attain knowledge; critical thinking skills; ability to differentiate between what is truth and fallacy.
Is challenged by Moishe. Why? Why? Why?
“Why do you cry when you pray?” Challenges his faith. Does he do it out of rote? – mechanical repetition, without real understanding of its meaning or significance.
Repetition of “Why did I pray? Why did I live? Why did I breathe?”
Eliezer accepts his ignorance. Hard thing to do for anyone. We don’t like to admit that we are wrong. Then, we must admit that we are NOT PERFECT!
Moishe knows why he prays: “I pray to the God within me for the strength to ask Him the real questions.”
Quick Write #2
Moishe challenges Eleiser’s understanding of his faith through the quote:
“There are a thousand and one gates allowing entry into the orchard of mystical truth. Every human being has his own gate. He must not err and wish to enter the orchard through a gate other than his own. That would present a danger not only for the one entering but also for those who are already inside.”
Analyze this quote. What does Moishe mean? What is the orchard of mystical truth? What are the gates?
In March of 1944, however, the German army occupied Hungary, installing a puppet government (a regime that depends not on the support of its citizenry but on the support of a foreign government) under Nazi control.
Adolf Eichmann, the executioner of the Final Solution, came to Hungary to oversee personally the destruction of Hungary’s Jews. The Nazis operated with remarkable speed: in the spring of 1944, the Hungarian Jewish community, the only remaining large Jewish community in continental Europe, was deported to concentration camps in Germany and Poland. Eventually, the Nazis murdered 560,000 Hungarian Jews, the overwhelming majority of the prewar Jewish population in Hungary.
Time gives way to forgetting what happened.
Rumors – Galicia, working, content..yes. Went to Galicia…BUT….
Simile; candle melting; moving from the light into the darkness of Hell to come
Christ-figure: Anaphora: “I was saved….I…I…I…only no one is listening to me…” Light of the World – warning of the evils of Satan. Do we listen? They refuse to see the light of truth. They ostracize him; reject him totally as a member of their community.