As Part 2 in our Book Club series on “The Chosen”, it’s time to discuss chapters 1-3.
I won’t try much to direct the discussion this time, other than to offer a few of my favorite quotes:
“I had never really had any personal contact with this kind of Jew before.” Reuven p. 28
“My father had told me he didn’t mind their beliefs. What annoyed him was their fanatic sense of righteousness, their absolute certainty that they and they alone had God’s ear, and every other Jew was wrong, totally wrong, a sinner, a hypocrite, an apikoros, and doomed, therefore, to burn in hell.” Reuven p. 28
“Always like kids that hold on to their religion. Important thing, religion. Wouldn’t mind some of it in the ring. Tough place, the ring. Tony Salvo’s my name.” p 45
“Things are always what they seem to be, Reuven? Since when?” David Malter to Reuven. p 51
“I couldn’t imagine what it was like to know that no matter whether my eyes were opened or closed it made no difference — everything was still dark.” p 54, Reuven.
“You remember what the Talmud says. If a person comes to apologize for having hurt you, you must listen and forgive him.” p. 64, David Malter
“Whenever I do or see something I don’t understand, I like to think about it until I understand it.” p. 66, Danny.
“Do you know what I don’t understand about that ball game? I don’t understand why I wanted to kill you….It was the wildest feeling. I’ve never felt that way before.” p. 66, Danny.
“He was dressed like a Hasid, but he didn’t sound like one.” p. 68. Reuven.
“I sort of feel I could be more useful to people as a rabbi. To our own people, I mean. You know, not everyone is religious, like you or me. I could teach them, and help them when they’re in trouble. I think I would get a lot of pleasure out of that.” p 70, Reuven.
“My father doesn’t write,” Danny said. “He reads a lot, but he never writes. He says that words distort what a person really feels in his heart….He told me once he wishes that everyone could talk in silence.” p. 72 Danny
What are your favorite quotes, or moments from Chapters 1-3?
We look forward to your sharing.