Women in his books were at times little more than objects of desire and rage and The Village Voice once put his picture on its cover, condemning him as a misogynist. Roth was the last of the great white males: A whole lot of talented writers, it turns out.
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Tonight we are going to screen a film adaptation of a novel by Chaim Potok, entitled The Chosen.
It is a coming-of-age story of two boys in Brooklyn during the Second World War. One boy, Reuven, is a modern orthodox Jew. They live in two different culture worlds, even though both study the Talmud and say the same prayers.
The film gets the Hasidic clothing right, and the sidelocks and beards. But there the psycho-cultural realism ends. The tzaddik is depicted as a shrill, one-dimensional, somewhat sadistic leader lacking in authentic wisdom.
There is little mention of the Kabbalah. Danny is depicted as a culturally and intellectually deprived genius, who secretly goes to the public library to discover Freud and other modern secular thinkers. But in reality, Danny would have had many things to say back to Freud, he would not have simply absorbed what he read without being able to call upon the esoteric Jewish wisdom he would have been learning in his Hasidic studies to critique the propositions of psychoanalysis.
But many Hasidic men have studied in secular schools and fields.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe, for example, had an engineering degree from the Sorbonne. Nor is his having a Jewish friend outside the sect.
That, too, would not likely have happened. But despite these failings, the film sincerely portrays a friendship that overcomes egoic and social obstacles and shows how two boys navigate the irrational world they have inherited to become men—self-reinventing, independently thinking, and decisively acting, real men.
Reuven has to face the unavailability of a desirable young Hasidic woman, while he tempts Danny with the availability of erotic experience in the secular world, ranging from the examination of the female nude in an art museum to the graphic sexuality of a Hollywood film to the reality of desirous females in a promiscuous culture with few limits on the pursuit of sensual gratification.
At the same time, it portrays two fathers who likewise try to live their lives as truthfully and as generously and egolessly as possible, while struggling with the impossible task of providing the symbolic guidance their sons will need to face a rapidly changing world, which only the signifier of Jewishness enables them to make sense of.
The film also depicts the stunted social roles of women and their forced separation from the intellectual milieu that the men are allowed to explore.
The Chosen succeeds in portraying the rite of passage from boyhood to manhood in a time in which the patriarchy, and its concept of manhood, is on the brink of collapse. It is a time that will soon reveal the naivete of idealistic Zionists, as well as of orthodox psychoanalysts.
One gets the sense that these two men will be able to cope with those tectonic shifts as well. I hope the film holds your interest and provokes lively discussion of its themes.
It did succeed in portraying a bit of the flavor of that period of my own life in which I, like Reuven, peered into the world of the Brooklyn Hasidim.
Tradition of Ecstasy retreat, Shunyamurti discuss the role of Kabbalah today, as well as speaking to some of the topics and themes that relate to this essay as well as the film.
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The Chosen – Shunyamurti Movie Night Essay. By Shunyamurti on Sunday September 17th, It is a coming-of-age story of two boys in Brooklyn during the Second World War. One boy, Reuven, is a modern orthodox Jew. The other, Danny, is an ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jew, the son of the sect’s tzaddik.
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