Piazza, Dean of the Cathedral The Bible In our Judeo-Christian society, the documents collectively known as the Bible serve as the primary guide on most issues. It is interesting that many Christians take literally the references to homosexual acts, while interpreting other text with great flexibility. One person reported listening to a nationally-known woman speak in her campaign against homosexuality. She spent quite a bit of time quoting impressively from Leviticus.
Choosing and Being Chosen Themes and Colors LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Chosen, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. The Chosen takes place in an Orthodox community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that is shaped by Jewish faith and customs.
Chaim Potok highlights the influence of Judaism on his characters by filling his novel with references to and quotes from the Talmud a book of Jewish laws and lessons and the Torah. Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders, although they are teenage boys, think more about complex interpretations of Jewish texts than they do about girls, sports, or general adolescent preoccupations.
They are both shaped by the expectations and values of their families and neighbors in their isolated yet highly educated community.
The Chosen is not simply a Jewish book for Jewish readers, although it was the first widely read and popular book of its time to depict such a world.
The people in this community are clearly separated from the rest of America, but Potok takes care to demonstrate that many of their struggles are the same.
As Danny works to find his place in the world he has to struggle with distant treatment from his father based on Hasidic tradition and the knowledge of the complex and often conflicted history of the Hasidic sect.
In other words he has a complicated relationship with his dad and a complex cultural past, which he learns about as he ages. Taken out of a Jewish context, his path is like that of many other smart ambitious Americans, or any Faulkner novel. The Chosen also focuses on the thin line between different sorts of Jewish faith, and between piousness and fanaticism in both religion and life.
Hasidic Judaism, with its strict rules based on hundreds of years of tradition, demonstrates how close piety can be to fanaticism.
Reb Saunders and his family and followers are deeply devout but there are costs to their religious and cultural inflexibility. David Malter, orthodox but not Hasidic, provides an example of an equally pious yet more open-minded father figure, yet he also nearly works himself to death because of a fanatical obsession with Zionism the founding of a Jewish state in Palestine.
How often theme appears:Aug 31, · Released in , The Chosen became a bestseller. Author Dr. Chaim Potoks knowledge of Jewish formulate and his knowledge of philosophy greatly influenced this piece of literature helping him to take a leak a realistic mise en scene with a believable scenario.
In The Chosen, Chaim Potok (pronounced Hi em Poe talk) describes the condition of American Jews living in two cultures, one secular and one religious. To a grea Since , he has served as a special projects editor at the Jewish Publication Society. The Chosen, published in , is Potok's first published novel.
Potok's novel The. Jewish author Chaim Potok dies / 'The Chosen' was best-known novel Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times Published am PDT, Wednesday, July 24, In "The Chosen," Reuven, an observant Jewish boy becomes best friends with Danny, a Hasidic Jewish boy, during WW2.
Theirs is a beautiful odd friendship in their community and comes under considerable strain by the differing viewpoints of their fathers.4/5(K). Chaim Potok has 39 books on Goodreads with ratings.
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Excerpted with permission from Reel Jewish (Jonathan David Publishers, Inc.). To the uninitiated, the worlds of ultra-religious Hasidic and modern Orthodox Jews might seem close enough to be one.
But to the Jews in The Chosen, based on the novel by Chaim Potok, they are indeed worlds apart. The