"I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own": First Edition of The Chosen; Inscribed by Chaim Potok
Item Number: 34091
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1967.
First edition of the author’s first book set in the mid-twentieth Century, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Seymour Fox, With gratitude- and very warmest wishes best wishes to Sarah Chaim Potok.” The recipient, Seymour Fox was the head of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s School of Education for 14 years, beginning in 1966. Fox was instrumental in developing and growing Camp Ramah, a network of Jewish summer camps in the United States, Canada and Israel, considered the “crown jewel” of the Conservative Movement. For thousands of Jewish youth, Camp Ramah has been a seminal experience in developing their commitment to Judaism and to leadership within the Jewish community. His influence on Jewish education around the world has been called “inestimable,” in terms of the financial resources he raised, the institutions he founded, and the intellectual contributions of the general education and Judaica scholars he brought together to advance Jewish education. Dust jacket design by Paul Bacon. Some browning to the cloth in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing. A very nice association.
It is the now-classic story, The Chosen tells the story of two fathers and two sons and the pressures on all of them to pursue the religion they share in the way that is best suited to each. And as the boys grow into young men, they discover in the other a lost spiritual brother, and a link to an unexplored world that neither had ever considered before. "Anyone who finds it is finding a jewel. Its themes are profound and universal" (The Wall Street Journal).