In The Chosen, Potok impressed me by having Danny and Reuven both embroiled in an intense and challenging relationship with Danny's father, Reb Saunders, who despaired both of Danny's interest in the outside world, and of Reuven's own father's modernist approach to Talmudic study. So, not the best foot for a relationship to get off on. They don't see the world around them. Reuven stands between the two clashing ideas, and his own father provides a middle way, of sorts. During this time, Potok began translating the Hebrew Bible into English. The other is to choose a friend. We were past the age of pollywogs, but as I grew older I came back to the pollywogs.
Although it wasn't published, he received a note from the editor complimenting his work. Prior to the Great Depression, Mr. He recoils against the 'mental ghetto' of fundamentalist Talmud studies, but is not satisfied with answers that reduce Judaism to empty family traditions. All through that winter my father was writing his book on the Talmud. He also keeps challenging the strict interpretations of his teachers, and if he keeps it up, his dream of becoming a rabbi may die.
But Danny, who secretly reads forbidden secular books, including Freud, longs to become a psychologist, agonizingly aware of the devastation that this will bring to his father. Both boys are exceptional scholars. But in reading the outline under the book title I could recall a lot of the book. I read this book immediately after I read The Chosen. Chaim Potok wrote The Promise in 1969 as a sequel to his previous novel The Chosen.
Potok had been made editor in chief of the publication society in 1966, and he remained in that capacity until 1974. Il periodo è compreso tra gli ultimi anni della Seconda Guerra Mondiale e i fatti successivi alla procla Essere figli. It was hard to imagine me being interested in something so. All the characters in this book are fictitious, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. The first challenge is a boy with a passion for astronomy, the son of a humanistic Jewish scholar who is the object of scorn to the traditionalists governing Hirsch University. Painfully, triumphantly, Reuven's understanding of himself, though the boy change, as he starts to approach the peace he has long sought… I read the Promise as a standalone, for no other reason than I picked it up in my library and it looked interesting.
He attended high school at the prestigious , Yeshiva University's boys high school. Growing up is never easy, but for Orthodox boys in the mid-20th century, it's especially hard. I have scouted out two others by the same author The Promise, which is a sequel to The Chosen, and My Name is Asher Lev, which some feel is Chaim Potok's best work. This matter was further complicated by as well as attackes by Arabs and the British on Jewish neighborhoods and immigrants. As in the previous book, I liked the relationship between Reuven and his father. Si tratta di un testo per certi aspetti sapienziale, da cui si esce arricchiti e maggiormente riconciliati con se stessi e con gli altri. My mom made me read it in high school homeschooler here , I read it again for an American Lit class in college and a third time for a book club.
Danny marries a modern Jewish woman in his father's synagogue. He uses Jewish culture as his backdrop, but the hardening of old positions vs. As Reuven's smicha hangs in the balance, Kalman wants to know how Gordon's writings have influenced Reuven. He wrote during those afternoons when he did not have to teach and every evening and night, except the nights of Shabbat and festivals. And repressive because it sets boundaries, and if you step outside the boundaries, the whole community lets you know. Reuven has been raised in an household, but a very modern one. There are two major conflicts within The Promise.
In The Promise, Reuven and Danny are both studying, Reuven for his smicha and a degree in philosophy, and Danny for a degree in psychology. The main character is a high-school aged boy who lost his mother years ago and is raised by his father, a teacher at a Jewish school, and a housekeeper. Potok told The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1973. The following year, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia and later, chairman of the publication committee. It's a story of friendship, of family love, of the relationships between fathers and sons, set against the background of Hasidic Judaism. Potok's heroes, mostly adolescents on the brink of manhood, feel both sustained and, increasingly, suffocated by their traditional communities.
Not only was the storyline interesting and the characters likable, but its deeper meaning was insightful and reminded me of the events happening in the U. So we continued along the asphalt road, playing the games and ignoring the freak shows. Many of his publications are set in the metropolitan parts of New York City, where he grew up. At age 17 he made his first submission to the magazine The Atlantic Monthly. What gall to advertise this as a fair.