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artist , Editor , writer

Chaim Potok was an American Jewish author and rabbi, whose most famous book was The Chosen, a 1967 novel which was listed on The New York Times’ best seller list for 39 weeks and sold more than 3,400,000 copies.Many of his novels are set in the urban environments in New York in which he himself grew up.


Jewish Ethics (1964–69, 14 volumes)

The Chosen (1967)

The Promise (1969)

My Name is Asher Lev (1972)

In the Beginning (1975)

The Jew Confronts Himself in American Literature (1975)

Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews (1978)

The Book of Lights (1981)

Davita's Harp (1985)

Theo Tobiasse (1986)

The Gift of Asher Lev (1990)

I Am the Clay (1992)

The Tree of Here (1993)

The Sky of Now (1994)

The Gates of November (1996)

Zebra and Other Stories (1998)

Isaac Stern: My First 79 Years (with Isaac Stern) (1999)

Old Men at Midnight (2001)

Conversations with Chaim Potok (edited by Daniel Walden) (2001)

Chaim Potok was also an artist. He recreated the painting "The Brooklyn Crucifixion", which the character Asher Lev painted in the book My Name is Asher Lev.


  • Chaim Potok has had a considerable influence on Jewish American authors.His work was significant for discussing the conflict between the traditional aspects of Jewish thought and culture and modernity to a wider, non-Jewish culture.


  • P.E.N.

  • Artists' Equity

  • Author's Guild

  • Dramatists Guild

  • Rabbinical Assembly.