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Plot Summary of The Chosen The action of The Chosen unfolds in the immigrant community of Williamsburg Brooklyn against the backdrop of World War II It is seen through the eyes of Reuven Malter a boy who would appear to have much in common with Danny for they are both brilliant Jewish closely tied to their fathers and near-neighbors who live only five blocks apart Still they attend separate yeshivas and inhabit very different worlds A baseball league is begun When Danny Saunders school plays Reuven Malters the Hasids are determined to show the apikorsim a thing or two and the competition is fierce Dannys murderous hitting is remarkable but when Reuven comes to pitch he does not back away A hard ball shatters his glasses and smashes into his eye sending him to the hospital for a week At his fathers insistence Reuven permits the repentant Danny to visit him and they become friends Danny dazzles Reuven with demonstrations of his photographic mind with the quantity of scholarly work he bears each day and with the intellectual prowess of his English and Hebrew studiesqualities greatly revered in traditional Jewish culture Dannys revelations startle Reuven he confesses he would rather be a psychologist than accept his inherited role as spiritual leader of his fathers sect Reuvens confessions surprise Danny he reveals his desire to become a rabbi though his scholar-father would prefer him to follow his talent and become a mathematician Danny cannot understand how anyone would choose the very position he secretly wishes to reject At a time when conflicts are churning within him Danny finds Reuven as an empathetic listener who is highly intelligent yet safenot a Hasid but a Jew who follows orthodox religious traditions without rejecting the secular possibilities in the world around them As the boys become friends Reuven begins to learn about Hasidism He learns that there
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