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  • Chaim Potok And The Problem Of Assimilation For The American Jew - 1,589 words
    Chaim Potok And The Problem Of Assimilation For The American Jew Chaim Potok and the Problem of Assimilation for the American Jew America has been a country of immigrants since Europeans first settled it over five hundred years ago. America has always faced the problem of assimilation, a challenge faced by every country with a considerable immigrant population. Because immigrants founded America, her culture is a combination of the cultures of other countries. Should these immigrants isolate themselves from the mainstream American culture, or should they sacrifice the culture of their homelands for the benefits American culture has to offer? Judaism, one of the worlds oldest religions, has r ...
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  • The Chosen, By Chaim Potok - 1,142 words
    The Chosen, By Chaim Potok The Chosen The Chosen, a fiction novel written in 1967 by Chaim Potok, is about two young Jewish boys and their friendship. It takes us along with them on their journey from adolescence to adulthood. They face many conflicts, and through those trials the author makes his readers think more deeply into lifes true meanings. The novel was set in New York during the Second World War. Since the main characters are Jews, this period of time is very significant. Not only were the Jews persecuted during WWII, but New York was also close to a military base, which made it a prime target for bombing. Even the setting has an underlying sense of tension. One of the protagonists ...
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  • Book Report - 583 words
    Book Report The Chosen, Chaim Potok The Chosen is about two Jewish boys, one a Orthodox Jew and one a Hasidic Jew, and how different and yet the same their lives are. The orthodox Jew, Reuven, is the main character of the story. He lives with his father and his mother is dead. Reuven is a very nice boy who is fourteen years old and aspires to be a Rabbi when he grows up. Daniel the other boy, is the son of a Hasidic Tzadik (which is like a Rabbi) and so when his father dies he will have to take his place even though he wants to be a psychiatrist. Reuven, like I said before lives alone with his father in their Brooklyn apartment. His father is a teacher of Jewish law, the Talmud, and teaches ...
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  • Comparison Of Judaism And Islam - 1,007 words
    ... and ritual law might seem to suggest they be. They have summed up as follows: "Man can, therefore, unaided, achieve his own redemption by penitence. Prayer having replaced the sacrifices of the Temple, no extra substitute for them is needed ... The world is not regarded as inherently bad and Judaism consequently repudiates those Gospel sayings and teachings which, inspired by the conviction that the end of the world was at hand, maintained that the pious should abandon the ordinary conditions of settled social life and concentrate on the approaching change in the order of things." (Encyclopedia Britannica, p.166) Rabbis, for example, can marry and have children, and Judaism in general a ...
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  • Dealing With Antisemitism - 1,198 words
    Dealing With Anti-Semitism Dealing with Anti-Semitism Mr. Potok has written scholarly and popular articles and reviews during his publishing career. Mr. Chaim Potok is a novelist, philosopher, historian, theologian, playwright, artist, and editor. All of Mr. Potok's novels explore the tensions between Judaism and the modern society (Kaupunginkirasto). 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 recei ...
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  • Name Is Asher Lev - 403 words
    My Name Is Asher Lev Synopsis: In this major novel--a wholly new departure for the author of The chosen and The Promise--the reader becomes a galvanized witness to the development of genius, as Chaim Potok traces the making of a great contemporary painter from the time when an "ordinary" little Brooklyn boy responds to the first stirrings of a commanding talent to the triumphant exhibition that wins recognition for his art and marks his final, heartrending estrangement from the world into which he was born. The painter introduces himself. Yes, he is the Asher Lev whose Brooklyn Crucifixion has created a furor in the art world and a sensation in the press. And immediately the reader is plunge ...
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  • The Chosen - 594 words
    The Chosen Zycer Book Report Title : The Chosen Author : Chaim Potok Number of pages : 271 pages Date published : 1967 What is your book about? The story, set in New York during the Second World War, is basically about the friendship between two boys. It begins with a baseball game between Reuvens team and Dannys team. During the game, when Reuven is pitcher, Danny, the batter, hits the baseball in the pitchers direction which Reuven tries to block with his glove but it strikes him and shatters his glasses and Reuven is forced to be hospitalised. While Reuven is in the hospital Danny comes to visit him. They have quite a few conversations throughout Reuvens stay in hospital and become friend ...
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  • The Chosen Malters Development - 754 words
    The Chosen - Malter's Development One of the most emotional scenes from Chaim Potok's The Chosen is when Reuven goes with Danny Saunders to talk to his father. Danny has a great mind and wants to use it to study psychology, not become a Hasidic tzaddik. The two go into Reb Saunders' study to explain to him what is going to happen, and before Danny can bring it up, his father does. Reb Saunders explains to the two friends that he already known that Reuven is going to go for his smicha and Danny, who is in line to become the next tzaddik of his people, will not. This relates to the motif of "Individuality" and the theme of "Danny's choice of going with the family dynasty or to what his heart l ...
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  • The Promise: Plot - 751 words
    The Promise: Plot Title of Book: The Promise Author of Book: Chaim Potok 1.In 10-12 sentences, write a brief outline of the plot of the novel. Be sure to make clear the major conflict of the story. 1.In the beginning of the novel, the main character, Reuben, is spending some time with his father at their cottage. His friend, Rachel is also vacationing nearby. Reuben finds out that Rachel's 14 year old cousin, Michael, is mentally ill, and Reuben seems to be the only person Michael will talk to. Near the end of the summer, Reuben's best friend Danny comes to visit Reuben and the Gordons (Rachel's family) invite Danny over to discuss Michael because Danny is a genius, and he is studying psycho ...
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