Chaim potok (february 17, 1929 - july 23, 2002) was an american jewish author and rabbi herman harold potok was born in the bronx to benjamin max (d 1958) and mollie (friedman) potok (d 1985), jewish immigrants from poland. Chaim potok was born into an orthodox jewish family of polish immigrants his parents did not allow non-jewish books in the home so potok would go to his local library to read novels he started writing fiction at age 16 but also became a conservative rabbi after attending the jewish theological seminary of america. Chaim potok was born in new york city on february 17, 1929, on the eve of the great depression his father, benjamin max potok, was a businessman, while his mother, mollie friedman potok, ultimately pursued a graduate school education.
Buy a cheap copy of the gates of november: chronicles of the book by chaim potok potok, well known for his novels of jewish family life such as the chosen, turns to nonfiction in the gates of november, a wrenching family chronicle with a. Potok, chaim, (1929-2002) novelist and editor born and raised in new york city, chaim potok graduated from yeshiva university in 1950 with a ba summa cum laude in english literature in 1954 he was ordained as a conservative rabbi at the jewish theological seminary potok was a member of the.
Rabbi and author chaim potok wrote the chosen, along with several other novels featuring characters grappling with clashing secular and religious views chaim potok was born on february 17, 1929. I am part jewish and brought up in the very neighborhood chaim potok talks about i recognized the places, especially the library that can only be the brooklyn public at grand army plaza i too walked under those arches decades after and yet with the author and it remains a treasured memory. Chaim potok, a scholar and ordained rabbi whose best-selling novels about hasidic judaism explored the wrenching decision to forsake a close-knit parochial community for the world outside, died.
Chaim potok, original name herman harold potok, (born february 17, 1929, new york, new york, us—died july 23, 2002, merion, pennsylvania), american rabbi and author whose novels introduced to american fiction the spiritual and cultural life of orthodox jews. My name is asher lev by chaim potoka story about a young man's struggle between the secular world of an artist, and life as a ladover hasidic jew, chaim potok's masterpiece my name is asher lev is truly a classicasher lev is born to parents who are devoted to the life of the ladover hasidic jew. Biography chaim potok was born on february 17, 1929, in new york city his parents were benjamin max potok, who had emigrated to the united states from poland in 1921, and mollie friedman potok, also a jewish immigrant from poland. Potok's novel the promise received the anthenaeum prize, and his novel the gift of asher lev was awarded the national jewish book award for fiction he received an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 1997 from la sierra university. My name is asher lev is a novel by chaim potok, an american author and rabbithe book's protagonist is asher lev, a hasidic jewish boy in new york city asher is a loner with artistic inclinations.
Chaim potok lives a very full life he has served his country, peoples, and religion very well and with great impact first, to be discussed is his life birth through the present he was born at a very early age on february 17, 1929, in new york, new york to benjamin and mollie potok the first. Potok's best-known novels include the chosen, nominated for a national book award and recipient of the edward lewis wallant award the promise, awarded the athenaeum prize my name is asher lev and the gift of asher lev, which won the national jewish award. Chaim potok (pronounced: hi'em poe'talk) was a jewish rabbi, teacher, and award-winning author before doing those things, though, he was a kid trying to understand the world around him. Chaim potok, who has died aged 73, struggled to reconcile the demands of the fundamentalist jewish community in which he had been raised with an emerging artistic gift, and a strong sense of.
Chaim potok (february 17, 1929 - july 23, 2002) was an american jewish author and rabbipotok is most famous for his first book the chosen (1967), which was listed on the new york times' best seller list for 39 weeks and sold more than 3,400,000 copies. Chaim tzvi potok was born in the bronx, new york, in 1929, the son of benjamin max potok (a businessman and belzer hasid) and mollie (friedman) potok, a descendant of a hasidic family. General information: full name: chaim potok biography: (1929-2002) novelist chaim potok was born in the bronx, new york to jewish immigrant parents his writing dealt mainly with jewish issues.
The chosen, by chaim potok, is a book about friendship between two boys from vastly different religious jewish backgrounds their initial distrust and hatred for each other because of their differing backgrounds gives way to r, and develops into a deep friendship danny saunders is brought up in a. Chaim potok, born herman harold potok, february 17, 1929, in brooklyn, ny, was the son of polish immigrants who had strong ties to hasidism and was reared in an orthodox jewish home in an interview potok said, i prayed in a little shtiebel [prayer room], and my mother is a descendant of a great.