Chaim Potok was an author, most widely known for writing the classic novel The Chosen, a book about Jewish issues. Potok was born in 1929 in the Bronx, New York to a family of Polish immigrants. He received several degrees including English Literature and Hebrew Literature, and became a very educated man in both secular and religious subjects. After serving in the Korean War, he married, and later became a rabbi. In 2002, at the age of 73, Potok died of brain cancer.