Monday, May 7, 2018

Chaim Potok, the American-Jewish Writer

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Chaim Potok [born Herman Harold Potok in 1929 in The Bronx, New York–died in 2002 in Marion, Pennsylvania] shown in 1985 at a book signing event. Davita’s Harp was published that year, a novel with a female protagonist. Potok's novels explore the relationship and resulting tension between traditional Jewish values (i.e., Orthodoxy, Hasidism from Eastern Europe) and modernity in America. Potok himself took the latter road, becoming not only a well-known American novelist who explored these themes, but also an ordained rabbi of the Conservative branch of Judaism, which is at the centre between Orthodox and Reform Judaism. While The Chosen, published in 1967, is his most famous novel, the book that he identifies with most is My Name is Asher Lev, published in 1972, about the life of creativity, about the life of an artist. For more go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
Courtesy: Britannica

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