Normally, when Mormons are mentioned in the weekly Jewish newspaper, The Forward, it has to do with the Baptism for the Dead of Holocaust victims. But the current issue finds a Mormon interest in author Chaim Potok, citing none other than the “expert on Mormon arts and culture” William Morris.
I agree with Forward author Menachem Wecker–William is indeed an expert.
He is also very insightful when it comes to our interest in Chaim Potok, pointing out the interest to Wecker. Classes at BYU and elsewhere have made Potok interesting to Mormons. Wecker notes that:
Research uncovered a staggering amount of information on Potok and Mormonism. Google searches for “Chaim Potok” and “LDS” or “Chaim Potok” and “Mormon” yield a joint 4,000 hits, including an article in the journal Irreantum.
He also mentions a Mormon book group discussing Potok and the author’s 1982 visit to BYU.
If you haven’t read it already, the article in the Forward, which appears in print on the 12th, is worth a read.