The French Revolution of 1789 had a great impact on Jews and their communities

The French Revolution of 1789 had a great impact on Jews and their communities

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The French Revolution of 1789 had a great impact on Jews and their communities. To a certain  extent, more and more Jews were prompted to enter mainstream society. However, a new dilemma  arose for them — the same kind of dilemma that Danny Saunders faces in  The Chosen : How much  of the secular culture can a Jew absorb without completely giving up religion? This question seems to be answered better by Reuven than by Danny. Reuven has integrated his  Modern Orthodox faith and American culture. But Danny is not allowed to go to movies and must  wear the same kind of clothing that his ancestors did. At the end of the novel, however, Danny  decides to cut off his earlocks, wear modern clothes, and yet still observe the Jewish  commandments in an Orthodox fashion as he always has done. Interestingly, Reb Saunders, the most dogmatic character in the novel, seems to change as well. He 
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