Chaim PotokChaim Potok (February 17, 1929 - July 23, 2002) was an American author and rabbi.
Herman Harold Potok was born in the New York Bronx to Jewish immigrants from Poland. Following tradition, his parents also gave him a Hebraic name, Chaim Tvzi; "Chaim" is the Hebrew word for "life". His Orthodox education taught him Talmud as well as secular studies.
Potok edited Conservative Judaism and also served as editor of the Jewish Publication Society. In 1965, Potok was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
In Merion, Pennsylvania, on 23 July, 2002, Chaim Potok, who had been suffering from cancer, passed away.
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