Much of Chapter 17 prepares the reader — and Danny — for the climactic confrontation between Danny and his father over Danny's plans to reject his inherited rabbinic position and study to become a clinical psychologist. Mr. Malter is most concerned that Danny plan out exactly what he will tell his father. Reuven's father again refuses to tell Reuven the reasons for Reb Saunders' silence toward Danny, although he obviously has some understanding of Reb Saunders' motivations. He rhetorically questions Reuven concerning Hasids, "Why must they feel the burden of the world is only on their shoulders?" and later in the chapter directly asks Danny if Danny can hear the silence, which Danny said earlier that he can.Reb Saunders' repeatedly asking Danny to invite Reuven over to the Saunders home suggests that Danny's father has something to discuss with Reuven: Danny. We expect Reb Saunders to speak to
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