by Chaim Potok
The Chosen Theme of Religion
The Chosen, set in post-World War II Brooklyn, New York, offers a crash course in Judaism and Jewish history. We watch two ultra-brilliant Jewish teenagers grow up. By "growing up," we mean that they learn to balance their commitments to Judaism with their desires to live in the world at large. Judaism is presented as a rich and varied tradition – though not all aspects of the traditions are good for all Jews at all times. As the world grows and changes around them, the young men and their fathers learn that tradition is flexible and that each person’s individual choices contribute to the Jewish tradition, broadening and expanding it.
Questions About Religion
- What are some of the differences between Reb Saunders and David Malter in terms of how they practice Judaism?
- Reuven often describes the Reb as a religious fanatic. What are some of Danny and David’s reactions to Reuven’s view?
Chew on This
In The Chosen, religion and politics are inextricably linked.