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The parent to child connections especially the bond between a father and his son surpass all other social boundaries a culture is based on The parenting styles fictional characters such as that of Dannys father Reb Saunders a character from Chaim Potoks book The Chosen demonstrate the choice to implement a distinct method to rear their children often times in the face of controversy Rebs traditional father-to-son parenting style proves effective at enforcing strong academic beliefs passing on family traditions and customs and providing or attempting to an environment where Danny can grow and prosper without the corruption of the outside world Danny is taught the proper and efficient methods to further himself scholastically through the ways of his father Reb competes weekly with his son in front of his neighbors and friends These weekly competitions are a quiz on the knowledge Danny has acquired a public quiza strange almost bizarre quiz more of a contest than a quizPotok 131 a quiz where Danny is forced to understand the material or else be humiliated This constant testing trains Danny to learn all material presented to him which helps him later in his life in college Rebs methods for raising Danny are effective at enforcing the strong academic beliefs needed to succeed in life Being a Hasidic Jew Reb teaches and passes on his history and the customs and traditions of the religion to his children primarily to Danny Although Danny does not like the silence imposed by his father he in time accepts it and feels that it is a way to raise a child When asked about the silence and whether he will enforce it upon his own children Danny answers Yes if I cant find another wayPotok 271 proving his belief that Reb had a positive effect on the success in his life Danny is effectively taught the Hasidic traditions and beliefs through both Talmudic study and the soul creating silence
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