Þ I Am the Clay || ↠ PDF Read by Å Chaim Potok
As the Chinese and the army of the North sweep south during the Korean War, an old peasant farmer and his wife flee their village across the bleak, bombed out landscape They soon come upon a boy in a ditch who is wounded and unconscious Stirred by possessiveness and caring the woman refuses to leave the boy behind The man thinks she is crazy to nurse this boy, to risk tAs the Chinese and the army of the North sweep south during the Korean War, an old peasant farmer and his wife flee their village across the bleak, bombed out landscape They soon come upon a boy in a ditch who is wounded and unconscious Stirred by possessiveness and caring the woman refuses to leave the boy behind The man thinks she is crazy to nurse this boy, to risk their lives for some dying stranger Angry and bewildered, he waits for the boy to die And when the boy does not die, the old man begins to believe that the boy possesss a magic upon which all their lives depend.
Herman Harold Potok, or Chaim Tzvi, was born in Buffalo, New York, to Polish immigrants He received an Orthodox Jewish education After reading Evelyn Waugh s novel Brideshead Revisited as a teenager, he decided to become a writer He started writing fiction at the age of 16 At age 17 he made his first submission to the magazine The Atlantic Monthly Although it wasn t published, he received a note from the editor complimenting his work.In 1949, at the age of 20, his stories were published in the literary magazine of Yeshiva University, which he also helped edit In 1950, Potok graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English Literature.After four years of study at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America he was ordained as a Conservative rabbi He was appointed director of Leaders Training Fellowship, a youth organization affiliated with Conservative Judaism.After receiving a master s degree in English literature, Potok enlisted with the U.S Army as a chaplain He served in South Korea from 1955 to 1957 He described his time in S Korea as a transformative experience Brought up to believe that the Jewish people were central to history and God s plans, he experienced a region where there were almost no Jews and no anti Semitism, yet whose religious believers prayed with the same fervor that he saw in Orthodox synagogues at home.Upon his return, he joined the faculty of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and became the director of a Conservative Jewish summer camp affiliated with the Conservative movement, Camp Ramah A year later he began his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and was appointed scholar in residence at Temple Har Zion in Philadelphia.In 1963, he spent a year in Israel, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on Solomon Maimon and began to write a novel.In 1964 Potok moved to Brooklyn He became the managing editor of the magazine Conservative Judaism and joined the faculty of the Teachers Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary The following year, he was appointed editor in chief of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia and later, chairman of the publication committee Potok received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.In 1970, Potok relocated to Jerusalem with his family He returned to Philadelphia in 1977 After the publication of Old Men at Midnight, he was diagnosed with brain cancer He died at his home in Merion, Pennsylvania on July 23, 2002, aged 73.
Þ I Am the Clay || ↠ PDF Read by Å Chaim Potok 165 Chaim Potok
Title: Þ I Am the Clay || ↠ PDF Read by Å Chaim Potok