Reuven is the only one Michael will talk with. Potok sold stationery; following the Depression, he became a jeweler. The Talmud is described as a spark in The Promise. It is not expected to find a modern orthodox boy playing with a Chasidic boy.
Thus, although the argument is based upon a false premise, the internal logic of it has a certain authenticity. Potok met Adena Sara Mosevitzsky, a psychiatric social workerat Camp Ramah in Ojai, Californiawhere he served as camp director — He then began a distinguished teaching and publication career in Jewish studies; he became editor-in-chief of the Jewish Publication Society of America and collaborated on the new authorized translation of the Hebrew Bible, which was finally completed in This is the Hebrew term for the earliest of medieval commentators on the Talmud who are believed to be the best.
He plays a very large role in The Chosen but a very minor role in The Promise. Yet, his dream depends upon the blessing of this very rabbi he now hates. In Book One, both characters along with all the others are introduced.
Critics have pointed out that the stress put on the authority of the father parallels a similar stress in traditional, patriarchal Judaism on God as King, Judge, and Father; hence the high level of respect, based on mutual love, that the sons display towards their fathers.
In the end, Reuven makes his choice to take from both schools of thought and find a balance.
Michael is the son of Abraham Gordon, a heretic among Orthodox Jews because of his writings. The divisions are deep. He made his choice.
Why not change the text of the Ten Commandments or the various other legal passages? I look, I absorb. Only then would their sacrifice begin to make some sense; only then would the songs of faith they had sung on their way to the gas chambers take on meaning; only then would Jewry again become a light to the world.
The concentration camps destroyed a lot more than European Jewry. Last, he would demonstrate that texts existed that were not found in either Talmud but were used by the ancient commentators.The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, is a book about friendship between two boys from vastly different religious Jewish backgrounds.
Their initial distrust and hatred for each other because of their differing backgrounds gives way to r, and develops into a deep friendship. The Promise [Chaim Potok] on mint-body.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In a passionate, energetic narrative, The Promise brilliantly dramatizes what it is to master and use knowledge to make one’s own way in the world.
Reuven Malter lives in Brooklyn/5(). Chaim Potok Biography Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List 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. The Chosen was nominated for a National Book Award in and made into a successful film in Its sequel, The Promise () was the winner of an Athenaeum Award.
Potok is also the author of a nonfiction volume, Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews (), as well as several short stories and articles that have been published in 4/5(41).
Aug 21, · Chaim Potok exploded onto the literary scene with his first novel in called The Chosen. This novel has sold 3 and a half million copies. It was seen as the first of its kind in America, opening up the closed, mysterious world of the Hasidim to the wider world.
Chaim Potok (February 17, – July 23, ) was an American Jewish author and rabbi. Potok is most famous for his first book The Chosen (), which was listed on The New York Times’ best seller list for 39 weeks and sold more than 3, copies.Download