The focus throughout The Chosen is on a small Jewish enclave in Brooklyn. What, then, does Reb Saunders mean when he declares that he wants Danny to be a tzaddik for the world?
When Reb Saunders declares that he wants Danny to be a tzaddik for the world, he means that he accepts that his son has the soul of a tzaddik whatever he chooses to do in life. In Hasidic Judaism, a tzaddik is a spiritual leader or guide. Ideally, Reb would want Danny to exercise this leadership role within the Hasidic community, but he's come to accept that Danny can still do so outside the tradition in which he was raised.
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