The predicament of Danny Saunders lies at the core of Potok

The predicament of Danny Saunders lies at the core of Potok...

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Unformatted text preview: The predicament of Danny Saunders lies at the core of Potok's The Chosen : Should Danny remain in the very ethnic world of the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jews, or should he reach out to join mainstream American culture? In this regard, Danny's predicament symbolizes the concern of many Jews in the United States. The background against which Danny must make his decision about how much to assimilate into popular culture is the changing political and cultural situation of Jews in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. For hundreds of years, Jews were excluded physically and intellectually from the predominantly Christian civilization. They lived in their own world. As long as their communities, called ghettos, paid taxes and acted in a passive, almost subservient manner, they were allowed to exist peaceably. Their schools taught mostly traditional Jewish texts, with little instruction in secular exist peaceably....
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