The Chosen (1981)
Reuven Malter: There is a story in the Talmud about a king who had a son who went astray. The son was told, 'Return to your father.' The son replied that he could not. The king then sent a messenger to the son with the message... 'Come back to me as far as you can, and I will meet you the rest of the way.
Reuven Malter: You are weird.
Danny Saunders: *I* am?
Reuven Malter: Yeah, you are. You look like you walked out of another century. You play baseball like Babe Ruth. You talk like you're from another planet.
Danny Saunders: Thanks for the compliment.
Reb Saunders: ...and he learned through the wisdom and the pain of silence, that a mind without a heart... is nothing.
Reb Saunders: A heart I need for a son. A soul I need for a son. Compassion and mercy I need from a son. And strength to carry pain I need from a son... self-pride, feeling of superiority, indifference, began to fade away. He learned through the wisdom and the pain of silence that a mind without a heart is nothing... My Daniel is a tzadik. And the world needs a righteous man.
narrator: closing scene: There is a story in the Talmud about a king who had a son who went astray. The son was told, "Return to your father." The son replied that he could not. The king then sent a messenger to the son with the message. "Come back to me as far as you can, and I will meet you the rest of the way."
Reuven Malter: I thought you weren't allowed to talk to me?
Danny Saunders: The ban has been lifted.
Reuven Malter: I thought you weren't on speaking terms with your father.
Danny Saunders: We talk a lot now.
Professor David Malter: [talking to Reuven about Danny] He needs you, son. And his father needs you too.
Reuven Malter: Why does Danny's father need me?
Professor David Malter: He speaks to his son through you.
Reuven Malter: Where'd you learn to hit like that?
Danny Saunders: [Casually] I practiced.
Reuven Malter: I thought you people only, uh, studied the Talmud.
Danny Saunders: I have an agreement with my father: I study my quota of the Talmud every day, the rest of the time is my own.
Reuven Malter: Your "quota" of Talmud?
Danny Saunders: Four pages.
Reuven Malter: [Slightly incredulous] "Four pages"? I can do ONE page, and I'm very good. And even then I need my father to help me.
Danny Saunders: I have total recall.
Reuven Malter: [Skeptically] Sure.