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 doesn’t do a lot of things aside from paint and worship for years, but the real story is his internal struggle and his battle with his feelings–it’s pre The first time I read this book–for my 11th grade English class–I read it in one afternoon, and I can honestly say that it changed ahser life.

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Consider one significant example. He wants to be a good Jew and honor his parents, make them proud of asuer, but he is driven to create art which his father thinks is foolish. The Church Times Archive Read reports from issues stretching back tosearch for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

And this struggle is so real and honest and understandable, that it will iz you shout and cry and do whatever at the same time.

At the same time, we get a vivid picture of the fashionable New York art scene in which both Lef and his mentor want to succeed and make money.

Hasidic Jews are one of the strictest kind of Jews and Asher’s parents mostly his father is super orthodox. The beauty of this book is that it doesn’t sugar coat being true to yourself.


I read this book before going to Isreal. For instance, Asher Lev is a art prodigy. In addition to giving a not unsympathetic picture of a Hasidic community, the novel vividly conveys the strength of an artistic vocation, and how art enables us to see the world differently.

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View all 11 comments. This novel is sufficiently deep that I could spend a long time discussing its themes sacrifice and atonement being two of the Where I got the book: The holocaust is still a living memory for the Jewish community and Stalin was busy being Stalin towards Russian and Eastern Jame Jews.

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Asher becomes a world famous artist despite his father’s wishes, and his masterpiece is an incredible piece. I was believed I was first introduced to Chiam Potok my first year of college. Within a religion that is grounded, is filled with rules, and requires a lot from its followers, Asher sees a d 4.

Don’t be this kind of myopic and selfish parent and make sure you understand your child’s talents and needs. Jun 09, Josh Caporale rated it really liked it. I can’t tell you how many bad books I have finished hoping for a Potok-esque finish I still hold out hope that they can reconcile in the sequel.

Potok received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels, even when it leads him to blasphemy. Men wear long black coats, unusual hats sometimes of furand have curls payot dangling down their cheeks, while women are also in black and wear wigs.

Asher viveva con i sensi di colpa per una passione che non riusciva a controllare. I think he did what he did to be true to his art and to himself with what tools he had. Upon his return, he joined the faculty of the University of Judaism in M Angeles and became the director of a Conservative Jewish summer camp affiliated with the Conservative movement, Camp Ramah. Looking for More Great Reads? The story flows through the years smoothly, but it is the writing style that puts it on a higher level.


Aryeh is close-minded, stubborn, and has difficulty with value systems other than ky own.

The tension between Asher’s artistic aspirations and his father’s desire that he study the Torah and more serious matters. Asher’s mother doesn’t know whether to support her son or her husband. Asher Lev si scontra con una tradizione, quella del suo popolo, per rimanere fedele a un’altra tradizione occidentale, quella della pittura e dei suoi soggetti.

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My Name Is Asher Lev

The book starts when Asher is like five or six years old and focusses on his biggest passion: I’m not sure why, but it was so extremely powerful. Throughout my entire reading of it, I kept thinking the book was about “this” or “that”, only to be surprised by realizing the subject matter went far deeper.

It was a very powerful book, although there were slow chaiim there were times when I felt like saying, “I get the picture.