A Jewish prayer that is traditionally recited as a mourner’s prayer for the dead.
A core text for Rabbinic Judaism, and a central source of Jewish religious law and theology.
A philosophy and school of thought rooted in Judaism, that centers on the question of infinity, the eternal, and the unchanging.
Meaning “radiance” in Hebrew, Zohar is a foundational work of literature within the Kabbalah. Themes center on many subjects such as mysticism, the nature of God, and psychology.
A section of a city in which minority groups either live of their own accord or are forced to do so through legal, economic, or social pressure.
A Jewish house of worship.
A profoundly wise person.
Famous, particularly for a negative quality or deed.
The ability to think clearly with clarity of expression.
The state of being unaware or unconscious, or the state of being forgotten, especially to the public.
A member of a traveling group, normally ethnically from the ROMA community.
Inmates that were in charge of a single barrack in the concentration camp; literally meaning, “block elder.”
A prisoner who was assigned by the SS guards to supervise labor or carry out administrative tasks.
The highest position in the camp: was responsible for selecting which roles the prisoners would serve and ensuring that orders were carried out.
An official in a government department, normally perceived as one who ensures procedural correctness.
A basic organization of slave laborers in the concentration camps.
Known also as the Day of Atonement, it is the holiest day of the year in Judaism.
Relating to people of Caucasian race, not of Jewish descent.
A minor parish official or caretaker.
An infection of the intestines resulting in severe diarrhea with the presence of blood. Bacterial dysentery is caused by the bacteria Shigella and can spread through contact. It is an illness affiliated with areas of people living in close quarters with poor water supplies.
Night Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Night is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Akiba Drumer is a deeply devout mystic with a beautiful baritone voice. He loses his faith at Buna and, simultaneously, his will to live. He is sent to the crematories after the selection at Buna. Elie too was once fascinated with Jewish...