Chaim Potok was born on February 17, 1929, in the Bronx, New York. In the 1950s, he became a conservative Rabbi. In 1967, he published his first novel, The Chosen, followed by a sequel two years later. He continued to publish novels about the clash between secular and religious views throughout the 1990s, while also working as a university professor. He died on July 23, 2002, in Merion, Pennsylvania.
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