The Chosen

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Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 482 pages
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25th anniversary edition of Potok's acclaimed first novel. The Chosen chronicles the friendship between Danny Saunders, a boy from a Hasidic family, and the more assimilated Reuven Malter, as they come of age in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Im currently a freshman and I have lived and experienced different cultures because of my dads work, I have lived in many places and travel a lot, at the International School in Houston which im currently attending we had to read this book, its truly magnificent and with no doubt my favorite book now. This book taught me many things and helped me understand history, the Jewish culture, life and basically everything you can think of. we talked about this book for a whole week in class and what it taught me is unforgettable, I would definitely suggest it to anyone that wants to engage in conversations of mainly Judaism but this book had so many themes and connections that it can be used in almost every conversation about life and human beings. I am very interested in planes and computers, and my entire life basically centers around them but this book will definitely helps you to engage in many dinner conversations with your, family, friends and relatives. I was in a rush when I wrote it but trust me its worth reading, and after you read it take some time and think of the characters please..... amazing, hope it helps u guys out there, im sure this would be the first book ill recommend to my younger brother when he is old enough for it....  

About the author (1995)

Chaim Potok was born in New York City in 1929. He graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) from Yeshiva University in 1950, and received an advanced degree from Jewish Theological Seminary in 1954, when he also became an ordained Conservative rabbi. After two years of military service as a chaplain in Korea, Potok married Adena Sarah Mosevitsky in 1958. The couple had three children. Eventually Potok returned to school and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. Potok has held a variety of positions within the Jewish community, including directing a camp in Los Angeles, teaching at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles at a Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and working as an editor on various religious publications, Potok's first novel, The Chosen, was published in 1967, and he quickly won acclaim for this best-selling book about tensions within the Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities. This and later books have been both critically and popularly successful. Many of them explore the meaning of Judaism in the modern era, focusing on the conflict between traditional teachings and the pressures of modern life. The Chosen was nominated for a National Book Award in 1967 and made into a successful film in 1982. Its sequel, The Promise (1969) was the winner of an Athenaeum Award. Potok is also the author of a nonfiction volume, Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews (1978), as well as several short stories and articles that have been published in both religious and secular magazines.

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