The main characters in The Chosen are first and second-generation Jewish immigrants living in Brooklyn, New York at the end of World War II and the years immediately following. To varying degrees, they all view America as a land of hope, where they can enjoy religious, economic, and educational freedom. On the other hand, there is a danger that their individuality and tradition will be lost in the vastness of American life. As we watch the characters try to resolve this conflict, our own visions of America are expanded and challenged.
By giving Danny his blessing to freely explore America, Reb Saunders is opening his community to a less isolated lifestyle.