Important Traditions Of The Chosen By Chaim Potok

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Compelling Customs Traditions such as homemade decorations, Grandma’s banana pudding, and ugly Christmas sweaters often remain close to the hearts of family members. Candles, decorations, food, and outfits, the list of customs never terminates! Two families, who practice traditions in the book, The Chosen by Chaim Potok, include the Malter family and the Saunders family. David and Reuven Malter enjoy habits of weekly services, prayer, and special articles of clothing in their lives as Orthodox Jews. Because the Saunders family practices the Jewish sect of Hasidism, the family hosts traditional feasts while the father lectures on Jewish texts; he also plans on bestowing the role of tzaddick to one of the male children. Both families participate in studying holy Jewish scriptures each Shabbat, or Sabbath day, despite their contrasting habits. Although the Malter’s practice unique traditions that differ from the the Saunders family’s customs, the families share the tradition of studying holy Jewish books. Beginning with the Malter family, Mr. Malter and Reuven involve themselves in many traditions. These traditions include: services, prayer, and customary articles of clothing. One quote displays the fact that the Malter family regularly attends services and exhibits one facet of the Malter family’s praying habits: “We [Mr. Malter and Reuven] took our usual seats a few rows up from the window and joined in the prayers.” (Potok 113). While the Malter family habitually

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