At the early age of ten he showed talent in drawing and painting but was dissuaded by his father and Talmudic teachers from pursuing this interest. Instead, he undertook a serious religious and secular education, first at the Orthodox Yeshiva University, New York, where he received a BA in English summa cum laude in ; then at the Conservative Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, where he received his rabbinic ordination in ; and finally at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained a PhD in Potok served as a chaplain in the United States Army with front-line units in Korea from to During that time, he made a number of trips to Japan, which turned out to be a crucial experience since it forced him to rethink his religious and cultural position.
The Promise expands on this relationship and introduces others, all against the backdrop of a flood of Orthodox Jews coming to America after World War II to rebuild their lives. There are two major conflicts within The Promise. First, Reuven finds himself torn between two worlds, a modern world and that of his traditional religion.
His studies in school are pushing him towards orthodoxy. He has an incredibly rigid, fundamentalist teacher named Rav Jacob Kalman, who survived the Holocaust and now teaches Talmud at Hirsch University.
He is far more suspicious and even openly hostile to Professor Abraham Gordon, a liberal professor of Judaism famous for his attempts to reconcile modern Jewish theology with modernity.
Reuven finds himself trapped between two worlds as a result. Michael is fourteen years old, precocious, and very disturbed.
He breaks out into fits of rage for no apparent reason. Michael hates orthodox Jews for their fierce criticism of his father and eventually must be checked into treatment, and for a long time he does very poorly there.
In Book One, both characters along with all the others are introduced. Book Two is a long and steady examination of the nature of both conflicts and expands upon the tension within both Reuven and Michael. Reuven is increasingly pressured to choose between his traditional faith and modernity.
Michael is increasingly defiant in his treatment, and his behavior continues to baffle his family, Reuven and Danny. In Book Three, the conflicts are both resolved. In this way, he embraces his tradition while reserving the right to criticize it, thus refusing to have a choice between the two worlds forced upon him.
Reuven also realizes that he resents everyone who forced him to choose between his two worlds because they did so thinking only of themselves. In the end, both Michael and Reuven assert their individuality, which has been repressed by the choices their families impose upon them.
This section contains words approx.The Promise is a novel written by Chaim Potok, published in It is a sequel to his previous novel The Chosen.
Set in s New York, it continues the saga of the two friends, Reuven Malter, a Modern Orthodox Jew studying to become a rabbi, and Danny Saunders, a genius Hasidic Jew who has broken with his sect's tradition by refusing to take his father's place as tzaddik in order to become a Author: Chaim Potok.
Chaim Potok (February 17, – July 23, ) was an American Jewish author and rabbi. Potok is most famous for his first book The Chosen (), which was listed on The New York Times’ best seller list for 39 weeks and sold more than 3,, copies.
The Chosen traces a friendship between two Jewish boys growing up in Brooklyn at the end of World War II. Reuven Malter, the narrator and one of the novel’s two protagonists, is a traditional Orthodox Jew. He is the son of David Malter, a dedicated scholar and humanitarian.
Danny Saunders, the. Chaim Potok (February 17, – July 23, ) was an American Jewish author and rabbi. Potok is most famous for his first book The Chosen (), which was listed on The New York Times’ best seller list for 39 weeks and sold more than 3,, copies. The Promise. Synopsis: from the dust jacket.
Just as The Chosen summoned up the depths of the commitment that loving fathers make for their sons, Chaim Potok's new novel evokes the promise that the young make to themselves, to their own lives--the obstacles life automatically interposes, and the strength, the intelligence, the daring that must constantly be brought to bear if the promise is to.
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