The Chosen Questions and Answers

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Women do not have a central role in The Chosen. The story is set in the 1940s. Both Reuven and Danny are members of Orthodox Jewish sects, and though Reuven's is less conservative than Danny's...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2019, 6:49 pm (UTC)

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The key reason why the relationship between Danny and Reuven changes is because of Danny's father, Reb Saunders. Reb Saunders is a rabbi with very strict beliefs about his Jewish faith. Reuven and...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016, 4:53 am (UTC)

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Reuven Malter is first of all an (1) Orthodox Jewish boy and the son of an Orthodox Jewish Talmud scholar. The Talmud is called "the supreme source book" of Jewish religious law. It is a...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2010, 7:02 am (UTC)

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One of the central themes in this work, which arguably contains many different themes, is that of the conflict between fathers and sons and the necessary coming of age that both fathers and sons go...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2013, 6:52 am (UTC)

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I especially love this idea in light of the kind of teenagers I have always taught. Wealth and socio-economics aside, I think I would categorize today's teenager in one word: spoiled. Even the...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2010, 11:32 am (UTC)

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This may be more of a personal response, so I might give some thoughts that I personally had after reading this novel which might help you organize your own reflections. Before reading this novel,...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2010, 10:46 am (UTC)

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The title of this novel alludes to the way in which the Jews were a chosen people by God. This of course relates to the political backdrop of the novel as the creation of Israel--the homeland for...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2013, 7:03 am (UTC)

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Shabbat is the Jewish sabbath, the seventh day of the week, which begins at Sundown on Friday and continues until Sundown on Saturday. It is based on two biblical references. First of all, from...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2011, 10:09 am (UTC)

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Potok's award winning novel The Chosen is a story about how two Jewish teenage boys find friendship, relate to their fathers and relate to each other's fathers. The boys meet over a baseball game...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2010, 1:36 am (UTC)

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This event occurs in Chapter Eighteen, and is when Reuven goes to visit Rabbi Saunders on the first day of Passover. What is of course bitterly ironic about this visit is that recently, Danny, the...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011, 6:12 pm (UTC)

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This sounds like a really personal question - I'm wondering if you are interested in how we feel, or looking for ideas on how to write how YOU feel... That said - anyone who is a teacher is pretty...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2010, 4:27 am (UTC)

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Since his birth, Danny has been expected to also become a rabbi, like his father. This pressure comes from his family and the entire Hasidic community, a rather difficult one to deal with. It...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2010, 2:20 am (UTC)

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The answer you are looking for can be found in Chapter 14 of this great novel, which details the progress of the creation of the first Israeli state and the huge variety of reactions that there are...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2011, 8:21 pm (UTC)

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Your question is an "oldie but goody": if a book concentrates on male characters, is that a deliberate marginalization of women? Or is it just that the author chose to write a story that happens...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2010, 10:55 am (UTC)

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In this novel, there is one part in which Reuven’s father explains Danny’s father’s (Reb Saunders) beliefs to him. Reuven does not understand why Danny and his father do not talk, why Reb is always...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2010, 10:47 pm (UTC)

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This assignment is not as difficult as the professor’s instructions suggest might be the case. Basically, all he or she is requiring is that the student locate instances throughout the text of...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2014, 8:56 pm (UTC)

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This is all basically a matter of opinion, but the relationship between Danny and Reuben (Reuven) is an interesting one. After a tense first meeting where Danny nearly blinds Reuben with a line...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019, 2:22 am (UTC)

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When Reuven's eye is cut during the baseball game, he is rushed off to the hospital and everyone tries their very best to restore the sight in the eye but they are unsuccessful. Billy Merrit's...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2010, 11:36 pm (UTC)

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At the end of World War II (1948) the Allies decided to create the state of Israel to give the Jews a country of their own. This was done, in part, to try to make up for the Holocaust and restore...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2010, 11:08 pm (UTC)

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When Reb Saunders says that Danny can be a tzaddik for the world, he's acknowledging that it's possible to have the soul of a Hasidic spiritual leader outside the confines of the Hasidic community....

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020, 6:03 pm (UTC)

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There is much sadness in The Chosen. There is personal sadness, as when Danny tries to apologize for breaking Reuven's glasses. There is a historical and collective sadness, which the older Jews in...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2008, 4:09 am (UTC)

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The boys pay a steep price for their father's differing political beliefs in Book 3 when Danny's father decides that David Malter's support of Israel and Zionism means that Reuven and Danny can no...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2007, 10:47 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in the first chapter, just after the start of the novel. Reuven explains how, before playing every game, he has to bend the earpieces in of his shell-rimmed...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2011, 8:18 pm (UTC)

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