Chaim Potok Biography

Religious Figure, Editor, Author (1929–2002)
Rabbi and author Chaim Potok wrote The Chosen, along with several other novels featuring characters grappling with clashing secular and religious views.


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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