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Chaim Potok (1929–2002)

Autor(a) de The Chosen

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About the Author

Chaim Potok was born in New York City in 1929. He graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) from Yeshiva University in 1950, and received an advanced degree from Jewish Theological Seminary in 1954, when he also became an ordained Conservative rabbi. After two years of military service as a mostrar mais chaplain in Korea, Potok married Adena Sarah Mosevitsky in 1958. The couple had three children. Eventually Potok returned to school and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. Potok has held a variety of positions within the Jewish community, including directing a camp in Los Angeles, teaching at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles at a Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and working as an editor on various religious publications, Potok's first novel, The Chosen, was published in 1967, and he quickly won acclaim for this best-selling book about tensions within the Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities. This and later books have been both critically and popularly successful. Many of them explore the meaning of Judaism in the modern era, focusing on the conflict between traditional teachings and the pressures of modern life. The Chosen was nominated for a National Book Award in 1967 and made into a successful film in 1982. Its sequel, The Promise (1969) was the winner of an Athenaeum Award. Potok is also the author of a nonfiction volume, Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews (1978), as well as several short stories and articles that have been published in both religious and secular magazines. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Chaim Potok

The Chosen (1967) 6,534 exemplares
My Name Is Asher Lev (1972) 4,305 exemplares
The Promise (1969) 2,175 exemplares
Davita's Harp (1985) 1,431 exemplares
The Gift of Asher Lev (1990) 1,331 exemplares
In the Beginning (1975) 1,190 exemplares
Wanderings: History of the Jews (1978) 1,034 exemplares
The Book of Lights (1981) 979 exemplares
I Am the Clay (1992) 520 exemplares
The Gates of November (1996) 425 exemplares
Old Men at Midnight (2001) 372 exemplares
Zebra and Other Stories (1988) 150 exemplares
My First 79 Years (1999) — Autor — 136 exemplares
The Tree of Here (1993) 55 exemplares
Het cijfer zeven (1990) 42 exemplares
The Trope Teacher (1992) 36 exemplares
Het kanaal (1993) 36 exemplares
The Golem's Hand (1995) 33 exemplares
The Ark Builder (2002) 25 exemplares
The Chosen [Play] (2000) — Autor — 21 exemplares
The Sky of Now (1995) — Autor — 18 exemplares
Tobiasse : Artist in Exile (1987) 9 exemplares
Le docteur Rubinov (2002) 9 exemplares
The Promise / The Chosen (1967) 2 exemplares
Zovem se Asher Lev (2021) 1 exemplar
Dar Ashera Leva 1 exemplar

Associated Works

I Never Saw Another Butterfly (1959) — Prefácio, algumas edições801 exemplares
Tales of the Hasidim (1949) — Prefácio, algumas edições602 exemplares
As a Driven Leaf (1939) — Introdução, algumas edições567 exemplares
Growing Up Jewish: An Anthology (1970) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Coming of Age in America: A Multicultural Anthology (1994) — Contribuidor — 92 exemplares
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer (2005) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
The Chosen [1981 film] (1981) — Novel — 26 exemplares
Het derde Testament : Joodse verhalen (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições6 exemplares
Chaim Potok - Bzzlletin 235 (1996) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


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April 2023: Chaim Potok em Monthly Author Reads (Maio 25)


Davita groeit op in de tijd voor WOII. Ze maakt via haar ouders veel mee. Vader is journalist, die uiteindelijk de burgeroorlog in Spanje verslaat. Eerst raakt hij gewond, later komt hij om in Guernica. Moeder Hanna, van joodse komaf, is fel communistisch, maar als steeds meer bekend wordt hoe Stalin tekeer gaat, zegt ze haar lidmaatschap op. Indertijd toen Hanna naar Amerika kwam werd ze opgevangen door de fam. Dinn. Ezra Dinn is weduwnaar met een zoon, beiden orthodoxe joden. Davita krijgt steeds meer belangstelling voor het joodse leven door contact met de Dinns en de onderburen. Uiteindelijk gaat ze naar de jeshive waar ook David Dinn en het onderbuurmeisje heen gaan. Van lieverlee merkt Davita dat het niet gemakkelijk is als je een joods meisje bent, zeker niet als je goed kunt leren. Met de verhalen van Jakob Daw, een goede vriend van haar moeder, en met haar eigen intelligentie, komt Davita de problemen te boven. Mooi hoe die verhalen (waarin ook de deurharp een rol speelt) invloed op Davita hebben!… (mais)
wannabook08 | 11 outras críticas | Apr 12, 2023 |
This was a non-fiction read, but read like a novel. It was the story of the Slepak family from the days of Bolshevism to the son's eventual emigration to Israel. Potok collected information from the family through taped interviews and photographs. This Jewish family suffered terribly under Brezhnev, Kosygin, and Tikhonov regimes. From Potok's epilogue, ""Can we learn something from these chronicles about iron righteousness and rigid doctrine, about the stony heart, the sealed mind, the capricious use of law, and the tragedies that often result when theories are not adjusted to realities?" 272 pages… (mais)
Tess_W | 5 outras críticas | Apr 7, 2023 |
Nostalgia-tinged tales of baseball, childhood, and coming of age will always push my buttons. Judaism less so, and I’m not sure I will retain much of the detailing here of Jewish and Zionist traditions. The lead characters’ reverence for study, their keenness to lose themselves in it, is memorable, as is the overall package. (Interesting how the reverence or respect accorded here to Freud and the nascent United Nations now feel so dated). Lots more to admire: the strong Brooklyn sense of place and time, the calm measured narration, the lovely cover image (of a coming of age boy thoughtfully preening - Penguin paperback edition). Another bonus in that edition: the hilarious debunking in Shalom Auslander’s short introdution and context-setting, which helps the reader to enjoy the work (rather than its worthiness).… (mais)
eglinton | 92 outras críticas | Mar 25, 2023 |

This is so well done... Damn
Eavans | 92 outras críticas | Feb 17, 2023 |



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