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Contrasted to this spring picture of rebirth are Reuven’s memories of his numerous encounters with Reb Saunders. ” Here, the image of dead branches contrasts the newly budding sycamore branches mentioned earlier in the chapter. Outside, the world is alive with spring; inside Reb Saunders’ house, the mood is one of death and decay. Even Reb Saunders himself personifies this decay. D. in psychology. ” As expected, he talks to Danny through Reuven. 53 In his explanation of why he raised Danny in silence, Reb Saunders finally defines his own world philosophy.
Danny is as perplexed about his father’s refusal as is Reuven: “My father believes in silence. . ” Once Reuven returns home and speaks to his father about Danny’s father’s silence, Reuven gains a better understanding of why Reb Saunders wanted to speak to him alone, without Danny in the room. Mr. Malter explains to Reuven that Reb Saunders spoke to Reuven knowing that Reuven would then speak to Danny. In this way, Reb Saunders has spoken to his son. However, Potok leaves unanswered as yet why Reb Saunders deals with his son in silence.
He tells Danny, “A wiser father . . may have done differently. I am not . . ” He does remain the unquestioned leader of his congregation, however. For example, when he authoritatively announces Danny’s decision not to become the next tzaddik, “no one dared to challenge” the decision. REUVEN MALTER Like Danny, Reuven, the narrator of The Chosen, is an Orthodox Jew. But unlike Danny, Reuven can enter the secular world while still retaining his Jewish identity. Interestingly, though, Reuven wants to become a rabbi, while Danny, who is expected to become a rabbi, does not.