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The Chosen

The Chosen

by Chaim Potok

Visions of America Quotes Page 1

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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)

The irony here is that restrictive American immigration policies during World War II contributed the destruction of American Jewry. Yet, David’s passion, his vision of America, is the kind of vision that inspired American Jews to make the most of the U.S. and make many great contributions.