the chosen by chaim potok

J-BOM. Jewish Book of the Month Club. On Messianic Jewish Musings.

the chosen by chaim potokSo, let’s read a good Jewish book together each month for seven months. I am resurrecting something from the past, J-BOM, the “Jewish Book of the Month.” Way back in March 2010 it was a thing on my old blog site. You can read that post here:

Back then a number of Messianic Jewish bloggers combined forces and we promoted a Jewish book each month. A community of people read together. People shared comments about their experience reading here on Messianic Jewish Musings.

I thought I’d bring it back for a limited run, seven months. February through August, 2017. And we will begin in February with Chaim Potok’s The Chosen. I know, most of you have read it before. If you haven’t, you’re going to thank me. It’s a powerful story.

I surveyed people on my “Daily Portion” email list and I got a positive response from enough people to give J-BOM a go. I don’t expect a large number of people to participate, but even a few of you will make this an enjoyable seven months.

One reader said, “I’m with you as long as it isn’t all fiction.” I guess some people don’t like fiction. There will be at least two works of fiction on the short list of seven Jewish books: The Chosen by Chaim Potok and As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg.

But for now, I’m only announcing the February selection, Potok’s The Chosen. You can get the mass market paperback on amazon for $4.99. The description on amazon is appealing:

“Anyone who finds it is finding a jewel. Its themes are profound and universal.”
It is the now-classic story of two fathers and two sons and the pressures on all of them to pursue the religion they share in the way that is best suited to each. And as the boys grow into young men, they discover in the other a lost spiritual brother, and a link to an unexplored world that neither had ever considered before. In effect, they exchange places, and find the peace that neither will ever retreat from again….

So do me this solid: comment here and let me know if you are with me. Let me know you are getting a copy of the book and will read it with me in February.


  1. Got the book reserved in the county library system, and looking forward to reading it. And no, it’s not that I dislike fiction. It’s that I prefer a variety and most book clubs only do fiction.

  2. This is my favorite book. So powerful. I love anything by this author. I stumbled across this so I’ll figure out how to sign up for the club.

    1. Hey, Rachel,

      Nice to meet you. No sign up required. Starting first few days of February I will post about the February J-BOM and invite people to comment on the first few chapters of the book (to avoid spoilers I will ask for comments on limited sections of the book, more as the month progresses). The “club” is just the community of people who weigh in with a comment to say what they liked or noticed or any thoughts it brought to mind. Some months will be non-fiction.

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