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smicha and become a tzaddik. Danny has a great mind and wants to use it to study psychology, not to become a Hasidic tzaddik. Reuven also feels sorry for Danny. There is a very symbolic scene where he is sitting on his porch, and sees a fly trapped in a spider’s web and is about to get eaten. Reuven blows on the fly, first softly, and then more harshly, and the fly is free. This is represents how Reuven wants to free Danny from the “filmy, almost invisible strands of the web”(p.165), a metaphor of Reb Saunders that has Danny somewhat captured and expects him to become a tzaddik. But in the end, Reb Saunders finds out that Danny has secretly gone to the library to study Freud, the pioneer of psychoanalysis and says, ” ‘Today my Daniel is free.’ “(p.268), allowing him

to become a psychologist. Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders have a very close relationship. Danny is lonely and comes to depend on the friendship of Reuven. Danny also affects Reuven by changing his dream of becoming a mathematician to becoming a rabbi. He shows Reuven that after the Holocaust, Jews are in dire need for more leaders to help rebuild. 31a