"...And now, listen, listen to this word. Whose task is it to study Torah? Of whom does the Master of the Universe demand 'Ye shall meditate over it day and night?' Of the world? No! What does the world know of Torah? 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐄𝐬𝐚𝐮! 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐀𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐤! 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬! 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐇𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞𝐫, may his name and memory be erased! Of whom, then? Of the people of Israel!"
- The Hasid tzaddik Reb Saunders in Chapter 7 of "The Chosen"
"The chaos inside the country intensified, and the village was raided four times by Cossacks. But each of those times the Jews were warned by friendly peasants and were concealed in the woods or in huts. In the spring, the rabbi announced to his people that they were done with Russia, 𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐄𝐬𝐚𝐮 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐝𝐨𝐦, the land of Satan and the Angel of Death. They would travel together to America and rebuild their community."
- Chapter 7, "The Chosen"
"Everyone was sympathetic, but no one was sympathetic enough. The British let some few Jews in, and then closed their doors. America hadn't cared enough, either. No one had cared enough. The world closed its doors, and six million Jews were slaughtered. What a world! What an insane world! 'What do we have left to us now, if not American Jewry?' he said.'Some Jews say we should wait for God to send the Messiah. 𝐖𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐆𝐨𝐝! 𝐖𝐞 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐌𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐡! We must rebuild American Jewry! And Palestine must become a Jewish homeland. How long must we wait for the Messiah?"
- Mr. Malter in Ch. 12 of "The Chosen"
"'Who are these people? Who are these people?' he shouted in Yiddish, and the words went through me like knives. 'Apikorsim! Goyim! Ben Gurion and his goyim will build Eretz Yisroel? They will build for us a Jewish land? They will bring Torah into this land? 𝐆𝐨𝐲𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐤𝐞𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐓𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐡!'"
"'God will build the land, not Ben Gurion and his goyim! When the Messiah comes, we will have Eretz Yisroel, a Holy Land, 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐚 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐉𝐞𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐠𝐨𝐲𝐢𝐦!"
- The Hasid tzaddik Reb Saunders in Ch. 12 of "The Chosen"
"And Reb Saunders was fighting with passion. He had organized some of the Hasidic rebbes in the neighborhood into a group called The League for a Religious Eretz Yisroel. The work of this organization had begun mildly enough in early March with the handing out of leaflets. Its aims were clear: no Jewish homeland without the Torah at its center; therefore, no Jewish homeland until the coming of the Messiah. A Jewish homeland created by 𝐉𝐞𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐠𝐨𝐲𝐢𝐦 was to be considered contaminated and an open desecration of the name of God. By the end of March, however, the leaflets had become inflammatory in tone, threatening excommunication to all in the neighborhood who displayed allegiance to Zionism, even at one point threatening to boycott neighborhood stores owned by Jews who contributed to, participated in, or were sympathetic with Zionist activities. A mass anti-Zionist rally was announced..."
- "The Chosen" Chapter 14
"I'll have to take my father's place. I have no choice. It's an inherited position. I'll work it out -- somehow. It won't be that bad, being a rabbi. Once I'm a rabbi my people won't care what I read. I'll be sort of like a God to them. They won't ask any questions."
- Hasid teenager Danny Saunders, Ch. 4 of "The Chosen"
"'You did a foolish thing, Reuven.' he told me sternly. 'You remember what the Talmud says. If a person comes to apologize for having hurt you, you must listen and forgive him.' [...] 'What I tried to tell you, Reuven, is that when a person comes to talk to you, you should be patient and listen. Especially if he has hurt you in any way.'"
- Ch.3, "The Chosen"