David Malter - David Malter's bringing a radio to Reuven's...

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Unformatted text preview: David Malter's bringing a radio to Reuven's hospital room so that Reuven can listen to how the war is progressing is an example of Mr. Malter's belief that Jews should not shut themselves off to the outside, more secular world. He says to Reuven, "You should not forget there is a world outside." His statement contrasts our perception of Reb Saunders, who, according to Mr. Malter, is concerned only with religious life. Chapter 3 begins apparently on D-Day, June 6, 1944, when Allied forces landed at Normandy, France, and began the military operation designed to force Nazi troops stationed in France into submission. Note that Reuven, while listening to the war news on the radio, initially gets out his prayer book, remembers that he is not allowed to read because of the strain on his eye, and prays instead. Reuven does not reject a secular life — represented by the war news — for a completely instead....
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