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  • Danny Saunders Character Analysis

    Danny Saunders is just like any other kid who feels forced into doing what his dad wants him to do. Throughout the book Danny is forced to study, learn, and reiterate knowledge of the Talmud to practice his Hasidic faith. His father, Reb Saunders, does not even speak to him unless it is about the Talmud or the study of it. Danny is conflicted with his traditional way of religion and his new found love for psychoanalytic. However with his love for psychology, he soon becomes more modernized with religion instead of his once traditional way of it. Throughout the book, the author, Chaim Potok, shows the transitions in numerous ways in the character Danny Saunders. In the beginning of the book, Danny’s softball team is described by Reuven, the main character, by the looks of their appearance. Reuven states that they are all uniform with their traditional ear locks and closely cropped hair. This appearance to Reuven makes him assume they are very traditional Jews. However as the game progresses, Danny’s softball team talked a lot of smacked to Reuven’s team…

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  • Interpreting A Religious Text In Rabbinic Judaism

    Without the rabbis’ interpretations, God’s texts would not be able to do what it originally intended: to be applied to daily life. Interpretation became essential since the Torah was viewed as a guide for moral conduct and due to the Torah being ancient, it had to be adapted in order to stay relevant to Jews. Through the rabbis clarifying certain laws, only then did the Talmud become a source of moral conduct. For example, in Exodus, a text read “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” in…

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  • The Chosen By Chaim Potok: A Literary Analysis

    wisdom in raising children, and wisdom for the world fraught with persecution of the Jews. Thus, the two children themselves must show wisdom in deciding which viewpoint shows validity. Surely, wisdom displays most profoundly in the Zionist, David Malter, anti-Zionist, Reb Saunders, and the influenced child of Reb Saunders child, Danny Saunders. By setting an example of thinking and character, David Malter has acted as an excellent father for both his son, Reuven, and even the friend of his…

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  • Compare And Contrast Orthodox And Orthodox Judaism

    conducting synagogue services in Hebrew, as well as seeing themselves as the chosen ones. Given its comparable beliefs, Conservative Judaism is a liberal version of Orthodox Judaism in terms of traditions and rules such as Sabbath, interpretation of the Torah, and the role of women. Orthodox Judaism is differentiated by its meticulous regulations, traditions, and segregation in the synagogue. Orthodox Jews have strict principles of moral thought and action that support the teachings of the…

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  • Essay On Family And Faith In Chaim Potok's The Chosen

    Rav. Jacob Kalman, one of Reuven’s teachers who has survived a Nazi death camp has Reuven choose between his views and his father’s view. Rav Kalman has seen Reuven at The Zechariah Frankel Seminary meeting with Abraham Gordon and tells him he should not meet with Gordon because he has been excommunicated for his books that question the foundations of Judaism or set foot in The Zechariah Frankel Seminary ever again because it unclean. Rav. Kalman tells Reuven that he cannot agree with his father…

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  • Compare And Contrast Danny And Reuven

    studying Talmud together. Despite their differences in culture, family life, and ambition Danny and Reuven both enjoy baseball and have the same basic beliefs in the Jewish…

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  • Isaac Bashevis Singer's Short Friday

    connection, the father learns to recognize the implication of a blood connection and that his son is intrinsically more meaningful than any other random individual waiting on the dock with him. The exceptional bond between a parent and his/her child is a unique connection, deeply rooted in spiritual significance, dating back to Abraham’s fatherhood to Isaac and the Jewish people. The father/son relationship in Judaism is one that is recognized as being truly special. From circumcising his son,…

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  • The Role Of Abortion In Judaism

    man. In the Torah, Genesis 1:26-27 states, “And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” From this quote, many conclude that since God made man, then abortion must be a bad thing in Judaism: not necessarily. In fact, the Torah does not address abortion. Judaism has a very unique approach to abortion. The religions can neither be categorized by pro-life or pro-choice, majorly because Jews have their own legal ethics and are…

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  • The Chosen: Film Analysis

    baseball together. However, Hasidic Orthodox Jews forbid any relationship or mixing with secular people in fear that they’ll adopt their ideas and abandon their own. Even when Danny wanted to be Reuven’s friend he needed his father’s permission. Reuven had to prove himself a worthy Jew to Reb Saunders and was even tested in one of the scriptures he quoted in dinner. Danny’s desire to broaden his schooling from only studying Jewish Talmud to worldly authors and ideologies is taken away from his…

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  • Character Analysis: The Chosen

    America. After Danny and Reuven overcome their initial enmity, they quickly become close friends. They are described as being “similar enough to become best friends, yet different enough to change each other 's view of the world”(sparknotes). They are drawn to each other by their mutual intelligence, and Reuven 's honest and out-going personality is a needed complement to Danny 's quiet and brooding spirit. Early on in their friendship Danny reveals his dissatisfaction with his Hasidic faith.…

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