Danny And Reuven 's Quest For Vocation Essay

2255 Words Oct 6th, 2016 10 Pages
The Search for What One is Chosen For Danny and Reuven’s quest for vocation is not simply a matter of what they will do with their future lives, it is also about how they will live the time they have in the present. The boys meet each other at such a formative and influential time, they are both unsure of what the future holds or how they will impact each other’s lives. They both have so many similarities despite their obvious differences. Danny is a Hasid and Reuven is not, they are both raised to think of the other’s religion as “lesser” or “worse.” Not only do they experience a difference of religion, but the boys were raised in very different ways. However, they somehow manage to overcome these feelings and learn that they can find strength and friendship in each other. In both cases, the boys have fathers with a particular plan for their lives. They both have a father who truly wants what is best for their son, even if it is in opposite ways or seemingly not what their son really wants. The factors of friendship, religious and familial differences as well as similarities in their fathers’ wills each act as factors affecting Danny and Reuven’s friendship.
One of the most critical points comes through in the words of Reuven’s father, David Malter. Mr. Malter says to his son, “‘The Talmud says that a person should do two things for himself. One is to acquire a teacher. Do you remember the other?’ ‘Choose a friend,’ I said. ‘Yes. You know what a friend is, Reuven? A…

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