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Night by Elie Wiesel Vocabulary Flashcards

Night by Elie Wiesel Vocabulary Flashcards
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Synagogue
A space for Jewish religious ceremony and prayer
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Talmud
The source of Jewish religious law
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Kabbalah
A specialized method and school of thought in Jewish mystical tradition, and a way of interpreting scripture
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Hasidic
A way to describe members of Hasidism, or Hasidic Judaism. Hasidism is a form of orthodox Judaism that is influenced by Jewish mysticism and teachings of the Kabbalah.
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Sighet
The birthplace of Elie Wiesel, and a small town in Transylvania. Today, it is called Sighetu Marmatiei.
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Beadle
A lay person who assists religious leaders, and who helps out at religious services or ceremonies
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Auschwitz
One of the most well-known and largest concentration camps. This is the Polish camp where Elie Wiesel was sent during World War II.
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Elie Wiesel's semi-autobiographical work, Night, tells about his experiences as a young Jewish boy in concentration camps during the Holocaust. The work has many terms that may be unfamiliar to a modern reader, particularly words related to Jewish religious practice or German history. This set of flashcards is designed to help you learn the meanings of these words so that you can better understand the significance of what happens throughout this profound book.

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Auschwitz
One of the most well-known and largest concentration camps. This is the Polish camp where Elie Wiesel was sent during World War II.
Beadle
A lay person who assists religious leaders, and who helps out at religious services or ceremonies
Sighet
The birthplace of Elie Wiesel, and a small town in Transylvania. Today, it is called Sighetu Marmatiei.
Hasidic
A way to describe members of Hasidism, or Hasidic Judaism. Hasidism is a form of orthodox Judaism that is influenced by Jewish mysticism and teachings of the Kabbalah.
Kabbalah
A specialized method and school of thought in Jewish mystical tradition, and a way of interpreting scripture
Talmud
The source of Jewish religious law
Synagogue
A space for Jewish religious ceremony and prayer
Gestapo
The secret state police of Nazi Germany, started in 1933
Passover
A Jewish holiday each spring that remembers and celebrates the freeing of Jewish slaves in ancient Egypt
Ghettos
Slum areas of a city. In Night, Jews were forced to live in restricted ghettos.
Rabbi
A religious leader in Judaism
Sabbath
The day of rest, which is observed on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Some orthodox Jews have strict restrictions against any form of work on the Sabbath.
Arbeit Macht Frei
A German saying that translates to 'Work Sets You Free'. This saying was posted on a sign at Auschwitz.
Aryan
A way that Nazis described white, non-Jews with idealized Northern European features. 'Aryan' has denoted other things in history, but Hitler used this meaning and sought a 'pure' Aryan race.
the Kaddish
An ancient Jewish prayer of mourning, regularly recited in services in honor of the dead

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