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Chaim Potok Chaim Potok lives a very full life he has served his country peoples and religion very well and with great impact First to be discussed is his life birth through the present He was born at a very early age on February 17 1929 in New York New York to Benjamin and Mollie Potok The first university he went to was Yeshiva University where he graduated in 1950 with a BA summa cum laude in English Literature He also went to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he left with an MHL and a rabbinic ordination in 1954 Finally he graduated the University of Pennsylvania with a doctorate in philosophy in 1965 Mr Potok is married now since June 8 1958 to Adena Sara Mosevitzsky They have 3 children Rena Chaim worked for the better of his people and religion with both his occupations and his writings He worked as an instructor at the University of Judaism 1957 to 1959 He was on the faculty of the Teachers Institute Jewish Theological Seminary from 1964 to 1965 He was also editor-in-chief of the Jewish Publication Society of America 1965 to 1974 He is currently the chairman of the Publication Committee at The Jewish Publications Society Chaim Potok also served his people and religion through all of his writings which are all in some way related to or involve Judaism Now to go in-depth into his writings First his novels The first novel Potok wrote was The Chosen which won him the Edward Lewis Wallant award in 1969 here is a quotation about that book So why did Potoks book make such a heavy impression on me he takes a meager story told in plain words about two Jewish boys who are radically unlike me and turns it into something so universal I couldnt help getting pulled in by it -Lea Davis
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