| Quote #1
Danny’s block was […] heavily populated by the followers of his father, Russian Hasidic Jews […]. (1.2)
This aspect of American life is completely foreign to Reuven at the start of the novel, but as a result of his friendship with Danny, his vision of America expands to include people whom he doesn’t understand.
| Quote #2
"America is free. There are no walls to hold back the Jews. (6.36)
David Malter has a beautiful vision of America. It’s also a little idealistic. The novel doesn’t get into it, but being a Jew in 1944 in America wasn’t necessarily easy. Today, things are much better, partly due to the fact that men like David dared to dream.
| Quote #3
"A madman has destroyed our treasures. If we do not rebuild Jewry in America, we will die as a people." (11.58)