Chaim Potok – All of us grow up…

All of us grow up in particular realities – a home, family, a clan, a small…


“All of us grow up in particular realities – a home, family, a clan, a small town, a neighborhood. Depending upon how we’re brought up, we are either deeply aware of the particular reading of reality into which we are born, or we are peripherally aware of it.”
-Chaim Potok

Chaim Potok – And these two elements are…

And these two elements are at odds with one another because Freud is utterly adversary…


“And these two elements are at odds with one another because Freud is utterly adversary to almost all the ways of structuring the human experience found in Western religions. No Western religion can countenance Freud’s view of man.”
-Chaim Potok

Chaim Potok – I think that to a…

I think that to a very great extent we are partners with the divine in…


“I think that to a very great extent we are partners with the divine in this enterprise called history. That is an ongoing relationship, and there is absolutely no guarantee that things will automatically work out to our best advantage.”
-Chaim Potok

Chaim Potok – A book is sent out…

A book is sent out into the world, and there is no way of fully…


“A book is sent out into the world, and there is no way of fully anticipating the responses it will elicit. Consider the responses called forth by the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare – let alone contemporary poetry or a modern novel.”
-Chaim Potok