Chaim Potok Biography
Birthday: February 17, 1929 (Aquarius)
Born In: Bronx, New York, United States
A Jewish rabbi, critically acclaimed writer and a novelist, Chaim Potok gained international acclaim with his debut novel, ‘The Chosen’. His novels were mostly built around the concept of Jewish identity, their struggle to cope with urban life and clash between secular and religious views. Many of his publications are set in the metropolitan parts of New York City, where he grew up. He was raised to be a traditional Orthodox Jew and received Jewish education. He also served in the United States Army and was involved in the Conservative Jewish movement. Some of his notable works include, ‘The Promise’, ‘My Name Is Asher Lev’, ‘Davita's Harp’, ‘The Gift of Asher Lev’, ‘Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews’ and ‘Old Men at Midnight’. Apart from writing, he had a keen interest in art and painting as well. He was also a visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and spent a year in Israel, where he wrote his doctoral thesis. He was the managing editor of the ‘Conservative Judaism’ magazine and editor-in-chief of the ‘Jewish Publication Society’.