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  • Title: The Promise
  • Author: Chaim Potok
  • ISBN: 9781400095414
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • A superb mirror of a place, a time, and a group of people who capture our immediate interest and hold it tightly The Philadelphia InquirerYoung Reuven Malter is unsure of himself and his place in life An unconventional scholar, he struggles for recognition from his teachers With his old friend Danny Saunders who himself had abandoned the legacy as the chosen heir to A superb mirror of a place, a time, and a group of people who capture our immediate interest and hold it tightly The Philadelphia InquirerYoung Reuven Malter is unsure of himself and his place in life An unconventional scholar, he struggles for recognition from his teachers With his old friend Danny Saunders who himself had abandoned the legacy as the chosen heir to his father s rabbinical dynasty for the uncertain life of a healer Reuvan battles to save a sensitive boy imprisoned by his genius and rage Painfully, triumphantly, Reuven s understanding of himself, though the boy change, as he starts to approach the peace he has long sought
    The Promise A superb mirror of a place a time and a group of people who capture our immediate interest and hold it tightly The Philadelphia InquirerYoung Reuven Malter is unsure of himself and his place in life

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    1. For all those struggling through religious issues especially my LDS friends this book will put so much into perspective.This book explains everything And it has the potential to change a great deal.I cannot recommend highly enough.

    2. Some spoilers for The Chosen follow Once again Potok delivers a very nuanced and human story that takes place during a time of flux for America and the Jewish community though its message transcends sectarian bounds This book is a continuation of The Chosen and follows Reuven and Danny as they begin to enter their respective professional sphere Danny in psychology and Reuven in Talmudic studies on the path to become a rabbi They remain close, if busy, friends America, however, is very different [...]

    3. I thought The Chosen couldn t be beat, but this one did it Chaim Potok draws you into the lives of the characters Reuven s internal struggle to figure out just what kind of Jew he is while still remaining true to the faith he learned from his father, Danny s empathy with Michael s suffering and his desire to prove that choosing psychology was the right thing to do but most of all it is tragic to see how much humans tear each other apart in this book it s between Hasidic and other Orthodox Jews b [...]

    4. I love, love, love Chaim Potok s writing He has a depth that begs slow digestion and his ability to portray the evolution of cultural thought is pure genius He uses Jewish culture as his backdrop, but the hardening of old positions vs the embracing of new ideas is a theme that holds universal application This novel is a continuation of a previous novel, The Chosen It is a story of the unlikely friendship between 2 young Jews from Brooklyn 1940s Unlikely, because they are from two very disparate [...]

    5. I read this book immediately after I read The Chosen As a sequel, the reader expects from The Promise of the same or even less While the novel is not as deep thematically and symbolically as the first book, it maintains the warmth and genuineness of The Chosen I read this book becasue I fell in love with the main characters, Danny and Reuven The Promise is again written from the point of view of Reuven, but seems to talk less about Danny and about the newly introduced characters However, I fel [...]

    6. I m trying to be selective when dishing out 5 star ratings really, I am But this book truly deserves every one of these 5 stars And I m going to be hard pressed to explain exactly WHY Chaim Potok is such a brilliant author and his writing is SO very elegant and layered but try as I might, I cannot put a finger on PRECISELY why his books are so special It deals with some topics I find distasteful I do not like what happened to poor Michael for instance and I WANTED to deduct stars for that reaso [...]

    7. I wanted to write a long review on this marvelous novel However I think I won t find enough words to describe my admiration This is the sequel of Potok s novel The Chosen Which I didn t think anything can beat it , We have the same old characters beside lots of other new scholars and their families Potok continues drawing his characters that you feel you already can see feel them , his major strength point in writing is the dialogue between characters and the description of places people that is [...]

    8. In The Promise, a follow up to The Chosen, we catch up with Reuven Malter as he is continuing his graduate education in the 1950s Jewish community of New York While The Chosen focused on Reuven s life altering friendship with Danny as the two boys found their way to manhood, The Promise deals with the clash of belief and unbelief, tradition and secularism, Orthodoxy and unorthodoxy, and supernaturalism and naturalism that hit the post war American Jewish community Secularism was a rising force b [...]

    9. The Promise is the continuation of Chaim Potok s brilliant novel, The Chosen which I loved But I was slightly disappointed with The Promise It did not capture my heart as did The Chosen Don t get me wrong, I liked The Promise ButThe Promise finds Danny Saunders and Reuven Malters finishing up their studies A promise to one of Reuven s Talmud instructors and one to a very sick boy filled with rage will have have both young men questioning their judgement and test their capacity for forgiveness I [...]

    10. upon rereading the chosen for about the third time and reading the sequel the promise for the first time, i think chaim potok is now one of my favorite authors a great storyteller with seemingly simple sentences and straightforward descriptions, draws us into reuven and danny s world a time and place and religion brooklyn, world war i and ii, orthodox judaism books that many may not pick up for the synopsis alone, but the stories resonate because they are really about friendship how difficult it [...]

    11. Potok goes digging about in such messy but realistic parts of life I think that s why I care about his books His books aren t very full of action and can feel slightly dull, but the reader is rewarded with moments of both vivid beauty and pain While reading The Promise, I appreciated and was thrown off balance by how nuanced Potok s characterizations are As a result, I sympathized with both sides of the conflict He didn t whitewash or vilify There were things to love and things to detest in the [...]

    12. The Chosen is probably one of my all time favorite books My mom made me read it in high school homeschooler here , I read it again for an American Lit class in college and a third time for a book club Not many sequels are on par with the original book but this one is Potok writes with such simplicity, such insight Even if you know nothing about Hasidic or Orthodox Judaism or the conflicts regarding the various traditions which I didn t , it just sucks you in I loved seeing how the characters fro [...]

    13. The Promise is a novel written by Chaim Potok and published as a sequel to The Chosen, published two years earlier It was originally published by Alfred A Knopf in New York Although not quite as impressive as The Chosen, The Promise is still laudable, skillfully woven to a depth which many modern books tend to lack.The Chosen takes place in Brooklyn, New York, amongst the various Jewish sects which resided there in the 1940 s The book begins with Reuven Malter, a Jewish student and son of promin [...]

    14. This story picks up a few years after The Chosen leaves off, with Reuven and Danny attending separate universities It explores the tensions between fundamentalist and liberal elements of religion, and also explores in depth the parent child relationship, especially for those, such as Reuven s father, who are vocal and occasionally the target of harsh criticisms In this book, the fundamentalist aspect of Jewish faith is represented by Rav Kalman, one of Reuven s teachers, who disapproves of the [...]

    15. This was such a wonderful book It s the best one I ve read by Potok so far So full of melancholy and feeling, so incredibly beautiful 3

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    17. Growing up is never easy, but for Orthodox boys in the mid 20th century, it s especially hard The Jewish people are in turmoil after the horrors of the Holocaust, some pinning their hopes on Israel and others recoiling from it as anathema The latter is true of Hasidic communities from Eastern Europe, fleeing both European and Soviet persecution, finding safe haven in the United States The welcome American Jews might have given to their kin, however, is worn thin by the Hasids swelling number and [...]

    18. The sequel to The Chosen follows Reuven Malter as he studies for ordination smicha It s the summer of 1950, 5 years after the end of World War II On vacation, Reuven continues dating Rachel Gordon, the niece of a famous Jewish teacher and author who is considered heretical by the traditional wing of Orthodox Jewry Rachel, along with her 14 year old cousin Michael, is also vacationing at the same area as Reuven and his father Rachel persuades Reuven to accompany her and and her 14 year old cousi [...]

    19. I cannot even begin to process the things I have enjoyed or picked up from this book I marked several passages as I read that were especially thought provoking, but that doesn t even begin to cover the entirety of the novel.I honestly felt like I shortchanged The Promise When I read The Chosen, I did so with a pen and paper, taking notes, and I took so much from it With The Promise, I was casual in my reading, didn t take any notes, and my understanding really suffered I m going to have to put [...]

    20. I ve long had complex feelings about my Judaism I am a Conservative Jew, and was very observant during my childhood and adolescence I grew away from my religion for several years, but over the past year or so, I have begun to recommit to it My mother converted to Judaism before marrying my dad It shouldn t, but it s always given me an inferiority complex among my fellow Jews.The Promise, like The Chosen, highlights the inter religious discord among Jews We follow along with Reuven s studies His [...]

    21. This was the second book that I read from Potok I liked the well known the Chosen but not as much as I liked the Promise I highly recommend reading the Chosen before reading the Promise as you get a better and coherent picture in the Promise As someone who is interested in New Testament textual, form, redaction and now narrative criticism, I ve found some of the discussions that Reuven Malter has with his professors quite interesting but I fear that for other people some of the intricacies and [...]

    22. This one continues the story started in The Chosen Reuven and Danny are still friends, each of them is pursuing graduate work Danny in psychology and Reuven studying at the Yeshiva for his ordination The story opens during August while Reuven and his father are on vacation at a lake Reuven is dating Rachel and he takes Rachel and her cousin Michael to a fair It doesn t take long to realize that Michael has some mental issues which make life difficult Because of those issues, Michael is admitted [...]

    23. I loved following the characters from The Chosen, as I learned about Jewish culture and history plus some psychology I still love the wisdom of Mr Malter.Quotes Little children little troubles, big children big troubles, he murmured in Yiddish p 129 You understand what it is to make a choice, Greenfield A choice tells the world what is most important to a human being When a man has a choice to make he chooses what is most important to him, and that choice tells the world what kind of a man he i [...]

    24. Evo jo jedne Potokove ljepotice Lako a kojom ovaj ovjek pi e je zadivljuju a itaju i, mislio sam da su se rije i oblikovale i redale same od sebe Jednostavno je gu t itati ne to ovako te no Pri a je jo uvijek usredoto ena na dvojicu prijatelja i njihove izbore i borbe Me utim, pone to je izgubljena ona univerzalnost koju sam osje ao itaju i prethodnika Naravno, jo uvijek postoje ozbiljne pouke koje ovdje mo ete nau iti i primijeniti u svome ivotu Izbor je samo na , i on se ne mora nu no slagati [...]

    25. I was anxious to pursue Danny and Reuven s characters in this sequel to The Chosen After reading both books back to back, I can hardly remember where one started and the other stopped These are not books that are fast paced or exciting , but you know you re encountering something of substance.The Promise is the story of Reuven s turmoil over finding his place among Jewish fundamentalists, moderates, and liberals Each position is well represented by different characters and Reuven s dealings with [...]

    26. I have re read this numerous times and will do again It follows on from The Chosen and raises ongoing questions of how tradition and modernity meet it raises wonderful insights into how process of shaping people within a tradition allows them to contribute to a larger somewhat hostile culture The agony of conflict within family, within tradition is heightened.It made me so aware of how conflict and inability to accept conflict can destroy It made me ask what does it mean to be people of the lie [...]

    27. Potok s novel is set in the years after WWII when the bright and inquisitive minds of a new American Jewish generation clash with those of their tormented and grief stricken elders The former are adventurous and creative in their Talmidic studies The latter are adamantly orthodox, their adherence to strict Biblical interpretation tempered by the blood spilled in its defense These two generations share a love for their religion and a promise to pass on their people s traditions But will that be e [...]

    28. The Chosen gets far attention and is probably readable for non Jews But I think this sequel is the better book It is subtle as it balances Danny s attempts to cure the the mentally ill son of a notorious secular Jew with the story of Reuven s rabbinical studies After the Holocaust many of the surviving ultra Orthodox Jews move to America They refuse to compromise on the traditions faith practices for which so many died Reuven s father gets into trouble with these ultra Orthodox for writing a [...]

    29. Potok takes on a number of paradoxes particularly prevalent in religion What does it mean to both love and hate a person What does it mean to honor both tradition and learning What does it mean to be moved by both mysticism and science What does it mean to be both the same as somebody and irreconcilably different The book is carried by oppositions of mundanity and majesty the plot is simple and the conflicts are small, yet somehow I found myself pulled into a world of orthodoxy and innovation Th [...]

    30. While The Promise is not as overtly symbolic or thematic as its predecessor The Chosen, it is still an exceptionally well written and nicely nuanced continuation of Reuven and Danny s story as they progress into adulthood The theme of silence is further developed in this sequel and the idea of choice comes into play as each of the characters make stands and decisions that determine how futures are shaped Also, religious traditions war with modern progress, creating tensions and stresses in both [...]

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