Potok devotes Chapter 6 to explaining the historical background of Hasidism

Potok devotes Chapter 6 to explaining the historical background of Hasidism

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Unformatted text preview: Potok devotes Chapter 6 to explaining the historical background of Hasidism, of which Danny and his father are members. Notable in Mr. Malter's discussion of Jewish history is his explanation of pilpul in his words, "empty, nonsensical arguments over minute points of the Talmud that have no relationship at all to the world." Because Mr. Malter is concerned with world events, we expect him to have an unfavorable opinion of pilpul. Likewise, because Reb Saunders is concerned not with secular ideas but only with Judaism, we expect him to be very familiar with and practice pilpul. (This expectation is confirmed in Chapter 7.) Mr. Malter's history lesson in Chapter 6 also concerns Danny, whom Mr. Malter likens to a historical figure name Maimon. Maimon, eager for knowledge in addition to that contained in the Talmud, studied many world-famous philosophers. Mr. Malter says of him, "He wanted to know what was studied many world-famous philosophers....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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