Chapter 7 continues the history lesson from the preceding chapter. This time, however, Danny, not Mr. Malter, is Reuven's history teacher. Danny's father led his followers from Russia to the United States in 1918, following persecution by Russian Cossacks. Reb Saunders and his followers eventually settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, where, in 1929, Danny and Reuven were born, two days apart, in the same hospital. Incredibly, Danny and Reuven live only five blocks from each other, yet they meet for the first time at the ballgame that begins the novel.Accompanying Danny to his father's shul for religious service allows Reuven to experience a new world: Hasidism. Potok details the setting within Reb Saunders' home, and especially the first floor, which serves as the meeting place for the Reb and his followers. This room seems starkly bare. The
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