Relationships between fathers and sons are important in The Chosen , especially in the choices of the sons' careers. Danny's father expects him to become a rabbi and leader of his Hasidic sect, following the tradition of generations, while Reuven's father lets him choose his own path. The novel's action begins symbolically with a softball game between the Jewish parochial schools that Danny and Reuven attend. Potok sets up the game to highlight the differences between Danny's branch of Judaism and Reuven's. During the softball game, a ball hit by Danny strikes Reuven in the eye and puts him in the hospital. Despite the boys' initial an-tagonism — Reuven blames Danny for deliberately hitting him with the ball — the boys develop a warm friendship. They discuss their feelings about their respective Jewish sects and about their fathers. Over the course of the novel,
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