History Literature / TheChosen

25th Jan '16 2:50:09 PM AnEscapedRabbit
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The story features a friendship between two Jewish boys from different sects. One is Danny Saunders the heir to the Rabbinate of an Ultra Orthodox congregation of Russian immigrants. The other is Reuven Malter who is from a more moderate and Americanized but still religious family. His father is a noted intellectual and Zionist activist. Danny is being subjected to a curious form of training called "raising in silence" which entails being shunned by one's own father, an attempt to teach him "what it is to suffer" to prepare him to be a Rebbe (kind of like a Rabbi but with more mystic and authoritative, almost priestly connotations). Reuven befriends him in his loneliness and they share the struggles of faith and the normal difficulties of teens as well as the rivalry between their two factions. This book deals with themes like the struggle between family loyalty and friendship and the difficulties of faith amid modernity. It gives many insights into Jewish culture and is popular among gentiles as well as Jews in part because it has many a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]].

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The story features a friendship between two Jewish boys from different sects. One is Danny Saunders Saunders, the heir to the Rabbinate of an Ultra Orthodox congregation of Russian immigrants. The other is Reuven Malter Malter, who is from a more moderate and Americanized but still religious family. His father is a noted intellectual and Zionist activist. Danny is being subjected to a curious form of training called "raising in silence" which entails being shunned by one's own father, an attempt to teach him "what it is to suffer" to prepare him to be a Rebbe (kind of like a Rabbi but with more mystic and authoritative, almost priestly connotations). Reuven befriends him in his loneliness and they share the struggles of faith and the normal difficulties of teens as well as the rivalry between their two factions. This book deals with themes like the struggle between family loyalty and friendship and the difficulties of faith amid modernity. It gives many insights into Jewish culture and is popular among gentiles as well as Jews in part because it has many a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]].
28th May '15 11:45:59 AM Awomanawoman
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** Danny and his father both; Danny's father replaced a brilliant older brother who left the fold, and Danny was actually Reb Saunders's second son, the first having been killed at a very young age in a pogrom.
22nd Jan '15 8:39:10 PM gemmabeta2
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* TakeOurWordForIt: The various Talmudic debates that occur during the novel. Potok goes in depth about how Jewish scholars go about the debate, how they study for such debates, and what rhetorical tactics they use, but we never hear a single word of any of these debates. Also, Reuven's scientific criticism of a difficult Talmudic passage set by Rav Gersheron, all who read it praised him for his scholarship. Potok goes into quite a bit of detail describing the process of scientific criticism, but again, never quotes from the work itself.

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* TakeOurWordForIt: The various Talmudic debates that occur during the novel. Potok goes in depth about how Jewish scholars go about the debate, how they study for such debates, and what rhetorical tactics they use, but we never hear a single word of any of these debates. Also, Reuven's scientific criticism reconstruction of a difficult Talmudic passage set by Rav Gersheron, all who read it praised him for his scholarship.Gershonson. Potok goes into quite a bit of detail describing the process of scientific criticism, but again, never quotes from the work itself. Considering that Potok is a ordained rabbi and a doctor of Jewish theology, he could very well have written all of those arguments in full, but such arcane ''pilpul'' would probably fly over everyone who didn't receive a full ''yeshiva'' education.
20th Jan '15 10:45:38 PM gemmabeta2
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* TakeOurWordForIt: The various Talmudic debates that occur during the novel. Potok goes in depth about how Jewish scholars go about the debate, how they study for such debates, and what rhetorical tactics they use, but we never hear a single word of any of these debates. Also, Reuven's scientific criticism of a difficult Talmudic passage set by Rav Gersheron, all who read it praised him for his scholarship. Potok goes into quite a bit of detail describing the process of scientific criticism, but again, never quotes from the work itself.



** Reuven too, although he never quite gets the credits he deserves due to being constantly overshadowed by Danny. Reuven did, after all, managed to read through Bertrand Russell's ''[[DoorStopper Principia]]'' for fun (in High School), managed to recognize an obscure ''gematria'' on the fly (which requires the ability to do mental arithmetic at light speed), and knows the Talmud well enough to start doing textual reconstructions.

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** Reuven too, although he never quite gets the credits he deserves due to being constantly overshadowed by Danny. Reuven did, after all, managed to read through Bertrand Russell's ''[[DoorStopper Principia]]'' for fun (in High School), managed to recognize an obscure ''gematria'' on the fly (which requires a good knowledge of Hebrew--this was before the creation of Israel resurrected Hebrew, so only scholars would have learned it--and the ability to do mental arithmetic at light speed), and knows the Talmud well enough to start doing textual reconstructions.
11th Jul '14 5:56:11 PM amaXdear
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* CharacterOverlap: With ''Davita's Harp'', also by Chaim Potok. Most of the book deals with the main character, Ilana Davita, discovering and embracing her Jewish heritage, and in the last few chapters of the book it is revealed that she attends the same yeshiva as Reuven, and they compete for an academic prize.
10th Mar '14 4:25:08 PM HersheleOstropoler
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** Reuven too, although he never quite gets the credits he deserves due to being constantly overshadowed by Danny. Reuven did, after all, managed to read through Bertrand Russell's ''[[DoorStopper Principia]]'' for fun (in High School), managed to catch an obscure gematria on the fly (which requires the ability to do mental arithmetic at light speed), and knows the Talmud well enough to start doing textual reconstructions.

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** Reuven too, although he never quite gets the credits he deserves due to being constantly overshadowed by Danny. Reuven did, after all, managed to read through Bertrand Russell's ''[[DoorStopper Principia]]'' for fun (in High School), managed to catch recognize an obscure gematria ''gematria'' on the fly (which requires the ability to do mental arithmetic at light speed), and knows the Talmud well enough to start doing textual reconstructions.
1st Mar '14 7:51:28 PM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic : This is Chaim Potok. There's always something symbolic.
31st Mar '13 7:24:26 PM JIKTV
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31st Mar '13 6:54:54 PM JIKTV
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* SoProudofYou: In a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmimgMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]], [[spoiler:Rebbe Saunders tells Danny this because, even if he won't be a Rebbe, he has proven to be a righteous man]].

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* SoProudofYou: SoProudOfYou: In a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmimgMoments [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]], [[spoiler:Rebbe Saunders tells Danny this because, even if he won't be a Rebbe, he has proven to be a righteous man]].
31st Mar '13 6:54:14 PM JIKTV
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* SoProudofYou: In a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmimgMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]], [[spoiler:Rebbe Saunders tells Danny this because, even if he won't be a Rebbe, he has proven to be a righteous man]].



* SoProudofYou: in a CrowningMomentofHeartwarming, [[spoiler:Rebbe Saunders tells Danny this because, even if he won't be a Rebbe, he has proven to be a righteous man]].
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