A novel of finely articulated tragic power Little short of a work of genius.”— The New York Times Book Review Asher Lev. Potok, Chaim: Book My Name Is Asher Lev by C Potok revd by G Davenport. My Name is Asher Lev is a novel by Chaim Potok that was first published in See a complete list of the characters in My Name is Asher Lev and in-depth.

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Asher Lev is a Hasidic Jew who has a gift for painting, a “foolishness” his father cannot understand. I had a better understanding of art than Judaism, but cahim were still numerous names, periods, phrases and theories that I didn’t understand directly.

The tension between what people want Asher to be and what he is. Open Preview See a Problem?

My Name Is Asher Lev

Sarah The c-h of Chaim is pronounced with a guttural Hebrew chet. And yet a loving mother and a wise leader give him just enough space that he is able to become a master at a young age. What is honoring your father and mother and what is following your dream? The tension between Asher’s artistic aspirations and his father’s desire that he study the Torah and more serious matters.

After she recovers from her illness, she returns to school to finish her brother Yaakov’s work. I am not Jewish, was not raised in a religious community, ptook not see my community nearly exterminated during the worst conflict in the 20th century, and couldn’t draw a properly proportioned stick figure to save my life. What does it mean to be a Jew? Police drug seizures help church. The beauty of this book is that it doesn’t sugar coat being true to yourself.

Help in the classroom struggle. The discrimination that Asher’s father has against Asher’s artistic tendencies can be related to the suffering of the many Jews in Russia and Germany that were oppressed by the government. The Diary of a Bookseller by Pitok Bythell.

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What Asehr took away from this novel is that art is necessarily selfish, and the greater the art, the more selfish it becomes.

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

But at the same he lives with the memory that his father was killed by a drunk Russian peasant during Easter week. Army as a chaplain. Here are a few of them: The character development is so realistic and I have the feeling I learned so many things about Jews and their entire world of rules chakm habits oev about art in general. Jul 01, Pages. I gave it 5 stars at first, then decided to lower that to 4. Archived copy as title Webarchive template wayback links Use mdy dates from August Pages to import images to Wikidata.

The Rebbe asks Asher’s poto, to travel to Vienna, since it would make his work easier. He was conflicted between his religious heritage and the “carnal” world.

This book is buzzing around in my head; it feels too fresh for me to write any clear thoughts about why it was so powerful. It seems like there was a lot to say about the whole mission of this particular branch of the Jewish Religion.

Both novels are full of Hebrew words—Shabbos, Rosh Hadesh, Krias Shema, Hasi The Absence of Italics I returned to reread this classic after reading Talia Carner’s recent novel Jerusalem Maidensince the protagonists of both are talented artists raised within Orthodox Judaism, struggling to reconcile their art to their faith. Then I thought it was like The Namesake and the struggle between parents and children and different generations. His father doesn’t understand this because for him drawing is non-sense and he hopes that growing up Asher will stop painting.

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May 06, Tim rated it it was amazing. Asher begins to go to art museums where he studies paintings. Throughout the book, the art of art is described very well and in great detail.

They are dependent upon a person’s le, experiences, and environment. It was hard for me to respond to Asher Lev’s need to draw and paint. To what do we owe ourselves and what do we owe our family and community? New and exciting role for experienced priest to build up deanery team based around Launceston town and surrounding villages.

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His Father was very devoted to his family and lived through some very terrible times for his people. I know I read this in Jr. The Church of England Guild of Vergers is seeking to appoint a Chaplain to take up appointment preferably in August I found myself more aligned to Aryeh, Asher’s ie, than to Asher himself.

Via his training, Asher Lev explores aesthetic traditions of beauty. He becomes very chai in the paintings, especially the ones of the crucifixions. The holocaust is still a living memory for the Jewish community and Stalin was busy being Stalin towards Russian and Eastern European Jews.

And the pain that is yours is not You’re a Hasidic Jew. I read this book before going to Isreal. Ultimately, I think this book is about perception. I thought this book was a gift too.

The other characters in the book were largely there as tools lsv for Asher’s own development or for exploring the gap between Asher’s two worlds, art and Judaism.