My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim PotokThey came during the war in devious ways from Lithuania, Russia, Hungary, Poland. After the war they came in droves from Auschwitz, Maidenek, Buchenwald. A somber, pious, industrious people on workdays, they dance and sing in their syna gogues on the Sabbath. In their own eyes they are God's peculiarly chosen people, the Hasidic Jews. Potok builds a strong and moving drama out of the tensions between the Hasidic and Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn yeshi voth, between fathers and sons, ancient and modern ideas of faith and ritual, and between Jews and the secular world. The novelist is always the conscience and chronicler of his race, and Mr. Potok can be envied by other novelists for his access to historical circumstances one would have thought exhausted — the tran sition from an old order to a new that was a constant theme of Vic torian literature.
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My Name is Asher Lev
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Asher Lev is a gifted loner, the artist who painted the sensational Brooklyn Crucifixion. Into it he poured all the anguish and torment a Jew can feel when torn between the faith of his fathers and the calling of his art. Here Asher Lev plunges back into his childhood and recounts the story of love and conflict which dragged him to this crossroads. Born in , Chaim Potok grew up and was educated in New York. After being ordained as a rabbi, he took a Ph.
Men wear long black coats, unusual hats sometimes of fur , and have curls payot dangling down their cheeks, while women are also in black and wear wigs. Stemming from religious revivals in the 18th century in what is now Western Ukraine, they are the fastest-growing form of Judaism, and, in Jerusalem, for example, form more than one third of the population. As they are a highly enclosed group, this novel by Chaim Potok offers a welcome window into one such community, fictionalised as the Ladover, but based on the Chabad of Brooklyn Heights in New York. We first encounter Asher Lev, whose story this is, as a young boy who is growing up as a member of this community. From a young age, he discovered in himself not just a talent, but an overwhelming passion, for drawing.
Asher is a loner with artistic inclinations. His art, however, causes conflicts with his family and other members of his community. The book follows Asher's maturity as both an artist and a Jew. Potok asserted that the conflict between tradition and individualism is constant and that the tension between religion and art is lifelong. His personal struggle seems apparent in "Brooklyn Crucifixion. Asher Lev is a boy with a prodigious artistic ability born into a Hasidic Jewish family.