Who is the better friend in The Chosen: Danny or Reuben?

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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 drive baseball to the glasses, the two strike up a quick friendship. Danny is something of an...

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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 drive baseball to the glasses, the two strike up a quick friendship. Danny is something of an anomaly, entirely brilliant and skilled in everything he does, but rather socially inept, although extremely kindhearted and good natured.

It is Reuben, however, that seems to provide the major impetus for their friendship. While Danny comes to the hospital to apologize for hitting him with the baseball, Reuben eventually forgives him and begins talking to the boy. They grow close over their shared knowledge of the Talmud and their studies in Jewish tradition and law - which Reuben fervently loves and Danny is naturally skilled with.

Reuben seems to be the better friend, in spite of Danny’s clear care for him and close kinship with him. Reuben acts as much more of an emotional support or guardian, and helps Danny to overcome his difficulties, both in decision making and in confronting his father, who refuses to speak with him. Reuben continually encourages Danny’s pursuit of knowledge and is fascinated by his intelligence and desire for knowledge. He is shocked to realize that it is his own father who has been supplying Danny with books to learn about more advanced subjects, and when he does learn it, he continues to encourage Danny’s passion.

Reuben helps to bridge the emotional and physical divide between Danny and his father, particularly when Reuben speaks with Danny’s father while over at Danny’s house for dinner. Danny’s father shares his concerns with Reuben, even though he won’t directly tell them to his son. Through their conversation, Reuben learns that Danny’s father is attempting to teach him and wants to ensure that he won’t depart from Jewish faith. In the end, Reuben’s support and encouragement ensure that Danny is able to pursue his dreams of becoming a clinical psychologist while also maintaining his religious devotion to please his father.

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