This alter-ego explores the challenges of juggling both a Jewish and American identity when it comes to family, lifestyle, and sexual temptation.
He later returned to his childhood love of art. To me these are profoundly rich confrontations. I was an observant Jew, yet that block of stone moved through me like a cry, like the call of seagulls over the morning surf, like — like the echoing blasts of the shofar sounded by the Rebbe.
The human body is a glory of structure and form.
Her father studies Jewish texts, her mother seeks to heal the world, and her brother is unsure of his beliefs in Judaism. Van Gogh, Renoir, Kandinsky, Chagall paint the world as a flower.
He makes more conscious decisions about which trade-offs he wants to make. The lines are also blurred through hints of a hidden harmony between the kings or gurus of the warring realms, the Spanish master Picasso and the Jewish Rebbe.
I was mesmerised by the way the writers had used story-telling to shape the churning inchoate conflicts between the inner world of faith and the outer world of secularism. Power to create and destroy. He is not a typical rebel in the sense that he does not want to rebel.
Rivkeh is also caught in the middle of the two men in her life. For abundant information, see potok. What happens when two worlds clash within a single soul? As an adolescent, Asher begins his study with Jacob Kahn. Power to amuse and horrify.
On one occasion, this desire leads him to steal; the strong influences in his life begin to come into conflict. He is patient with Asher, encouraging of his talent, and more tolerant than most in the community.
Riddles, puzzles, double meanings, lost possibilities, the dark side to the light, the light side to the darkness, different perspectives on the same things. Before he died of brain cancer, he had speculated about a third novel, where Asher might seek artistic forms to portray the Holocaust.
But according to mysterious author Lemony Snicket the evidence is there. There was in that hand the demonic and the divine at one and the same time. His artistic impulse drives him to do certain things of which others in his community disapprove.
Listen to me, Asher Lev. Our faith in Him is not ambiguous. A world that I had been taught to abominate. Dec 3, 0 Happy 7th night of Hanukkah! Truth has to be given in riddles. In the heartbreaking struggle between art and faith, "My Name is Asher Lev" shows that there is no simple answer, or perfect balance.
She is torn between the two of them. The Ladover community is tight-knit and all encompassing. She is impatient, but cares about her artists.
But what, Asher asked himself, was a drawing in the face of the darkness? When a religion tells you one thing but you are convinced it is wrong, do you discard your heritage or do you try to find ways to embrace both.
Like Aryeh, he travelled for the Rebbe, and this disturbs Rivkeh. He has been a major figure in the history of art, the greatest sculptor of his generation.
He is extremely firm, and usually so in a demeaning manner. He feels driven to some Gentile arena, like fine art, Freudian psychology, or scholarship that questions the origins of Scripture.
Read an in-depth analysis of Jacob Kahn. Despite these warnings, Asher knows he has to paint. I sometimes gallop to the finish line of a book, impatient to start the next, but lingered over the last chapters of these, reading only a few pages per day, reluctant to say goodbye.
You will be like a nun in a bro— in a — theater for burlesque. As a boy, Lev is unable to control this desire and does not really understand it. He has by no means come to conclude that his artwork ought always to take precedence.What an amazing amount of wisdom and insight has been packed into the minute play "My Name is Asher Lev" about a young Jewish painter growing up in a very orthodox household.
This play is about being an orthodox Jewish boy, but it could be about any child being talented in a non-nurturing home.
Asher Lev is a young Hasidic Jew growing up in New York City. Lev struggles with finding a place for both his Jewish traditions and his artistic individualism, a battle that author Chaim Potok knew all too well. Asher Lev grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn, a world suffused by ritual and revolving around a charismatic Rebbe.
But in time, his gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores/5(45). Sep 05, · Twin Bookcases: Growing up with Binoculars. A boy is born with an extraordinary gift that leads to conflict with his ultra-orthodox Jewish community.
He feels driven to some Gentile arena, like fine art, Freudian psychology, or scholarship that questions the origins of Scripture. My first Potok was My Name Is Asher Lev ( A Staging of Potok’s ‘Asher Lev’ By Barbara Trainin Blank November Email.
In My Name is Asher Lev, a Hasidic Jewish boy growing up in Brooklyn has a prodigious artistic gift, placing him at odds with his family and community. Playwright Aaron Posner, who penned the stage version.
A list of all the characters in My Name is Asher Lev. The My Name is Asher Lev characters covered include: Asher Lev, Aryeh Lev, Rivkeh Lev, Jacob Kahn, Uncle Yitzchok, Yudel Krinsky, Mashpia, Uncle Yaakov, Sheindl Rackover, Anna Schaeffer.Download