Reb Saunders leads the Sabbath service; then, after he and the male members of the congregation eat, he gives a sort of sermon, incorporating passages and commentary on the Talmud. Then, as in some Jewish households where the son is at a yeshiva and the father is a learned man, Reb Saunders quizzes his son on his knowledge of Jewish history and teachings, in what seems to Reuven to be a sort of contest. Reuven is drawn into the contest when Reb Saunders asks him to find the error in a mathematical aspect of his sermon.Speaking to Reuven after the service, Reb Saunders compliments Mr. Malter as a great scholar, whose work, however, he does not agree with. He expresses pleasure that Danny and Reuven are friends.In Chapter 5, Reuven seems to be reborn metaphorically when he returns home with his father from the hospital. He notices details that he never before took the time to recognize, including the
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