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In the novel The Chosen Chaim Potok successfully captures the strange customs of a Jewish community through wit and satire Potoks novel focuses on two Jewish boys who live in a world where high standards of achievement are expected of them by their families The wish to become an insightful leader in the Jewish community was an always predominant custom of the two families But with hard work and perseverance the two boys Rueven and Danny find out who they really are and what lives they will lead in the future The novel concentrates on the desire to conceive a persons personal wants while conforming to tradition The basis of all the conflicts in the entire novel stem from the differences in family life which are brought on by the discrepancies of religious beliefs Rueven who is an Orthodox Jew goes to a parochial school where Hebrew is taught instead of Yiddish which would be considered the first Jewish language Ruevens school is also very integrated with many English speaking classes But on the other hand Danny who attends a yeshiva also a Jewish school considers himself a true Jew because he unlike Rueven wears the traditional side curls and is educated in Yiddish At first the two boys cannot stand each other many times Danny refers to Rueven as apikorsim 32 which basically translates to someone who is not true to their religion These differences between the two soon become obsolete with one unfortunate accident and make them realize they could use each other to get through some hard times Silence is all we dread Theres ransom in a voice--But Silence is infinity-Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinsons quote can be related to the novel in several ways Silence is all we dread can relate to Dannys lifestyle and how he cannot stand the silence in which his father lives The only time Danny makes
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