In the Beginning

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Fawcett Publications, Aug 1, 1976 - Jewish men - 432 pages
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IN THE BEGINNING

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Chaim Potok continues his saga of the American sojourn of the Chosen People with this portrait of the education of David Lurie—namesake of his gentle and beautiful uncle dead in a Polish pogrom, son ... Read full review

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User Review  - fingerpost - LibraryThing

I love Potok's writing. I felt that I missed something in this book, and the story did not propel me forward in the way his other books I've read did. Towards the end, the plot becomes very involved ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
10
Section 3
88
Section 4
165
Section 5
171
Section 6
191
Section 7
199
Section 8
206
Section 9
239
Section 10
267
Section 11
296
Section 12
320
Section 13
323
Section 14
386
Section 15
432
Copyright

About the author (1976)

Chaim Potok was born in New York City in 1929. He graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) from Yeshiva University in 1950, and received an advanced degree from Jewish Theological Seminary in 1954, when he also became an ordained Conservative rabbi. After two years of military service as a chaplain in Korea, Potok married Adena Sarah Mosevitsky in 1958. The couple had three children. Eventually Potok returned to school and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. Potok has held a variety of positions within the Jewish community, including directing a camp in Los Angeles, teaching at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles at a Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and working as an editor on various religious publications, Potok's first novel, The Chosen, was published in 1967, and he quickly won acclaim for this best-selling book about tensions within the Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities. This and later books have been both critically and popularly successful. Many of them explore the meaning of Judaism in the modern era, focusing on the conflict between traditional teachings and the pressures of modern life. The Chosen was nominated for a National Book Award in 1967 and made into a successful film in 1982. Its sequel, The Promise (1969) was the winner of an Athenaeum Award. Potok is also the author of a nonfiction volume, Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews (1978), as well as several short stories and articles that have been published in both religious and secular magazines.

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