The Chosen


Why is Danny bothered by the history of he reads concerning Dov Baer, a man his father considers to be almost a saint?

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After school, Reuven meets Danny at the public library, where he finds Danny deep in study, reading Graetz's History of the Jews and learning how Dov Baer invented the idea of the tzaddik. The book sharply criticizes Hasidic Jews and tzaddikim as priests of Baal. Danny remarks that people are complicated, and he quotes a psychology book in which the author says that "the most mysterious thing in the universe to man is man himself."