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    Chaim Potok was born in the Bronx, New York, on 17 February 1929, to Polish Jewish immigrants, and was educated in Jewish parochial schools. Mr. Potok undertook a serious religious and secular education, first at the Orthodox Yeshiva University, New York, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English (summa cum laude) in 1950. Mr. Potok received his rabbinical ordination in 1954 at Conservative Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, and finally at the University of Pennsylvania, he obtained a Ph

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    The Chosen

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    The Chosen By: Chaim Potok The novel The Chosen is a story of two Jewish boys who become friends and go through lots of hard times together. The book starts out at a baseball game, one boy on one team and one boy on the other team. The game quickly turns more into a war rather than a game. Reuven was pitching when Danny came up to bat, Reuven threw the ball and Danny hit the ball straight back at him. The ball hit Reuven in the eye, shattered his glasses, and got a piece of glass in his eye. Reuven

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    The Chosen by Chaim Potok

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    "When a trout rising to a fly gets hooked on a line and finds himself unable to swim about freely, he begins with a fight which results in struggles and splashes and sometimes an escape. Often, of course, the situation is too tough for him." ---KARL A. MENNINGER By developing a relationship between two people who come from completely distinct worlds, Chaim Potok was able to instigate and investigate a profound and deeply moving story of true friendship and the importance of father-son interconnection

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    ideas can get the readers attention, but the most appealing idea is the decisions that Danny Sanders had to make. Danny struggles with culture expectations concerning his dress, the decision to follow the Hasidic family tradition, and keeping his Jewish faith. Despite the pressures and expectations, Danny must express that he has a mind of his own and he has to determine which road he wants to travel Many different religions consume the earth, and each religion has different belief and different

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    can cause similar faiths to seem very different. David Malter’s modern ideas conflict with Reb Saunders's traditional practices. For example, David Malter wants his son, Reuven, to learn English subjects and become a mathematician. However, a Jewish school established by Reb Saunders teaches the minimum required English subjects. Reb wishes for Danny to become a rabbi and carry a tradition in which the oldest son becomes a rabbi and the leader of the sect. These opposing views are carried out

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    Chaim Potok's The Chosen

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    you will discover that the most important things that will happen to you will often come as a result of silly things, as you call them‘ordinary things’ is a better expression. That is the way the world is’” (110). Mr. Malter shares his wisdom of Jewish morals and way of life with Reuven so he may pass his knowledge on to his children, or perhaps his future followers. Mr. Malter tries to pass more wisdom to Reuven as the ... ... middle of paper ... ...if you [Reuven] become a rabbi’” (219).

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    The Power of The Chosen Throughout the book, 'The Chosen', Chaim Potok used the way of the Jewish lifestyle to teach his readers of the Jewish people. Potok used a variety of techniques including diction where he introduced Jewish terms, the theme of silence, and conflict between father and son to make the novel appealing. Furthermore, this novel tells us of the life of Jews and their commitment to religion; "We are commanded to study His Torah! We are commanded to sit in the light of the

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    blossoms between two Jewish boys, Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter, during and after World War II. On a deeper level, much of the plot focuses on the character of their fathers–Reb Saunders and David Malter–whose beliefs and ideals are rooted in two separate worlds. Reb Saunders is a zealous Hasidic rabbi who wants to impart his knowledge of his religion upon Danny and expects his son to follow in his footsteps. David is a professor and single father who comes from a liberal Jewish background. As the

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    Saunders wanted to have Danny think things through himself. Reb Saunders also wanted Danny to grow up in the same manner he himself was raised. Rabbi Saunders tries his hardest to have his son’s soul be ready for taking over the task of leading the Jewish people. The reason that a person must have a strong soul is so that they can handle the burden that Danny’s followers will heap onto him. Rabbi Saunders believes that only speaking to his son in Talmud discussions will enhance his sons soul. That

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    The book, The Chosen is a book that has inspired many people in the world. It’s the story of two Jewish teenage boys coming of age in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York between 1944 and 1949. The author of this book, Chaim Potok was a well known writer in the late 1960s. Chaim rose to literary prominence’s when The Chosen became a best seller in 1967. Born in Bronx, New York, in 1929, Chaim like the two teens in his novel grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Both his mother and father were strictly observant

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    and promoted Havurot (small prayer groups). Among other things, Leeser produced an Anglo-Jewish translation of the Bible, founded the Jewish Publication Society, and edited a Jewish periodical, The Occident and American Jewish Advocate, which attempted in its pages to unite the diverse voices of the American Jewish community. He also rallied his community to respond to incidents of anti-Jewish persecution around the world. Conservative Judaism Before the Breslau Reform Conference began in 1846

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    age on February 17, 1929, in New York, New York to Benjamin and Mollie Potok. The first university he went to was Yeshiva University where he graduated in 1950 with a B.A., summa cum laude, in English Literature. He also went to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he left with an M.H.L. and a rabbinic ordination in 1954. Finally, he graduated the University of Pennsylvania with a doctorate in philosophy in 1965. Mr. Potok is married now since June 8, 1958, to Adena Sara Mosevitzsky. They

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    undermined a historical biblical doctrine and surrendered an important theological weapon of the church’s struggle with evil. "Scripture clearly speaks of hell as a physical place of fiery torment and warns us we should fear," says R. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. (Jeffery L. Sheler) Along with this argument, Prof. Douglas Groothuis of the evangelical Denver Seminary adds, “separation from God may seem like freedom from a domineering spouse

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    The Promise Of Pentecost

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    the apostles, as well as the beginning of the church of Christ. Fifty days after Jesus was risen form the grave, in Jerusalem was taking place a celebration called the Feast of Weeks, time in which every Jewish male was required to appear at the sanctuary. This celebration, used to bring Jewish people from all around Asia and Europe to Jerusalem. It was about this time when the Pentecost took place (Grieb). The eleven disciples were "all together in one place" waiting for the promise to come.

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    The Jewish way of life has been affected in a tremendous way by the people of the United States of America. By the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, there were only 2500 Jews in America. For forty years beginning in 1840, 250,000 Jews (primarily from Germany, Hungary, and Bohemia) entered this country. Anti-Semitism and economic woes in Eastern Europe went from bad to worse after the pogroms of 1881-1882. Almost three million Eastern European Jews left between 1881 and 1914

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    At a time when being indifferent towards Nazism and Hitler was a criminal offence and expressing those feelings was especially discouraged, one man made his voice heard. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a brilliant intelligence man who wrote theological works which are still influential to Christians throughout the world. He had no intentions of conforming to his society's norms and selling out to the political atmosphere. A new church was formed to stand up against the political powerhouse Nazism and it

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    Zionism

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    Zionism In the years just after World War II, Zionism (the desire to rebuild a Jewish national presence in the Promised Land) became a popular Jewish cause all around the world. Many Jews who were not practicing Judaism at all with religion became involved with the establishment of the State of Israel. Even today, many years after the successful founding of the State of Israel, there are Jews whose only real tie to Judaism is their belief in Zionism and their support for the State of Israel. They

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    Columbia Theological Seminary. When he lived in south he saw the the Civil War up close then he saw Reverend Wilson a Northern transplant adopted the Confederate cause. Thomas’s mother helped wounded soldiers during the conflict

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    Christian Martyr for Jews

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    well-known professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Berlin. Dietrich grew up in a liberal religious household, but to his parent’s dismay, at age 14 he decided to become a theologian and minister. By 1923, Bonhoeffer had enrolled in theological study at Tubingen University, where he excelled in his studies under prominent theologians like Hans Lietzmann and Adolf von Harnack. He completed the equivalent of his bachelor and masters degree at Tubingen University before earning his Doctorate

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    A Quick Biography of Harry Houdini

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    him.” because I will give you enough information to be considered “knowledgeable”. 1. What we know about the early life of Harry Houdini is as much of a mystery as Roanoke Island. We do know Houdini was born the seventh child of Samuel Weiss, a Jewish rabbi.5. In spite of being famous the Houdini family has managed to keep their origins mostly a secret, which is impressive because they had to blatantly lie about a lot of things.2. For example, their family tells all who ask that they came from

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