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With the publication of The Chosen in 1967, Chaim Potok entered the American literary scene and has grown in stature with subsequent publications. This resource is designed to make Potok's work known and appreciated by an ever larger audience.

The material has been produced by Interneteur William M. Allen, PhD, on the campus of La Sierra University, Riverside, California, USA. I thank Rabbi Potok for his assistance and for the materials he has provided to get this work underway.

Notice: It is with great sadness we announce that Dr. William M. Allen passed on Sunday night April 24th, 2005. This site status will remain static for the present time. It is our hope to continue to provide this resource for others researching Rabbi Potok in perpetuity. - The La Sierra University IT Department.

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February 17, 1929 - July 23, 2002