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Chaim Potok

Photo 107Potok is one of my all-time favorite authors. I was recently thrilled to semi-accidentally receive an autographed copy of one of his books…but I digress. Tonight, I stumbled on this anecdote about him on another blog:

My husband heard him talk at AU when he was a student. The one thing he really remembered was Potok talking about raising children in the faith. He was a liberal Jew, yet raised his children relatively “in the middle.” He drew a circle and said, “If everything inside this circle is Judaism, I’m over here on the left. I want to raise my children in the center so that they have lots of room to go to the left or the right and still be within the faith.”

It’s a fascinating story. While I don’t have any children of my own yet, I certainly can sympathize with the above sentiments. But is that possible? Is it ethical? What would the One up above think about it?

6 responses

  1. Matt

    Not going to answer the posed question but did want to say that it’s really cool you have a signed copy of one of his works. Jealous.

    October 28, 2009 at 11:26 am

  2. Wuss!

    …just kidding

    October 28, 2009 at 6:42 pm

  3. Brother

    Did you read his latest book?

    October 29, 2009 at 10:45 am

  4. you mean last? which one are you referring to?

    October 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm

  5. Brother

    I don’t remember actually, I just saw something about a book after The Chosen I did know bout. Yeah, his latest.

    October 29, 2009 at 6:37 pm

  6. There’s a lot of books after the Chosen. I’ve read a bunch of them, but not the very last one he wrote: Old Men at Midnight. I do own it, however….

    October 29, 2009 at 6:42 pm

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