Summary Of The Chosen By Chaim Potok

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American business man Thomas J. Watson, says, “Wisdom is the power to put time and knowledge to the proper use”. In Chaim Potok’s The Chosen, a man named David Malter demonstrates great wisdom, with similar accompanying traits. David, an Orthodox Jew and father, shows good example through his words and actions. His strong characteristics remain the same throughout good times and obstacles in his life. Throughout the novel, Mr. Malter demonstrates wisdom, passion, and acceptance. With these, he is able to help his own son and others around him.

First, David offers clear, reasonable advice. In his daily life, Malter shows to give people needed advice based on the person and their own situation. For instance, when his son Reuven refuses to forgive Danny who injured him in a game, Mr. Malter explained, "If a person comes to apologize for having hurt you, you must listen and forgive them” (63). Mr. Malter explains to his son that despite pride or anger, one must show forgiveness and kindness. In addition, David also exemplifies wisdom as he quietly and subtly introduces Reuven and Danny to become more than just acquaintances. He decides to intelligently take it slow when introducing the two, in order to ensure they could develop a strong friendship. Hence, …show more content…

Throughout his life, Mr. Malter continues to grow in knowledge regarding Jewish history so that he may apply it to his own and others’ lives. For instance, he strongly believes in making a difference in the Jewish community, even to the point of risking his own health. “He had begun taking his [Zionism] teaching with almost ominous seriousness these past months…he was always tired, his face pale and gaunt, his eyes watery” (214). Mr. Malter always thought of others instead of himself. He had such strong passion in defending the other Jews, that he physically depleted himself. Thus, David demonstrates dedication in what he

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