My name is asher lev my name is asher lev by chiam potock is the narrative of a boy, asher lev, born to two very religious hassidic jewish parents the only dilemma is that god has very different plans for him. Cross cultural barriers between the orthodox jews and the mid-western farmers it is a good resource in describing jewish/christian cultural conflicts 5 jewish nonconformity (the two resources i use in this section are both movies, but they parallel asher’s nonconformity so clearly that i found them useful): hicks, scott shine.
My name is asher lev is placed in the 1950s in a hasidic jewish community in brooklyn, new york asher also studies art outside his community in new york, massachusetts, and europe (vienna) asher also studies art outside his community in new york, massachusetts, and europe (vienna. Prayer recited morning and evening: hear o israel, the lord is our god, the lord is one watchword of jewish faith more modern translation: hear o israel adonai is our god, adonai is one adonai is how jews refer to god in prayer customary to cover one's eyes and 'hear' the words.
Potok has said he relates to asher lev more than any of his other characters artistic career chaim potok was also an artist he recreated the painting the brooklyn crucifixion, which the character asher lev painted in the book my name is asher lev legacy chaim potok has had a considerable influence on jewish american authors. Herman harold potok was born in the bronx to benjamin max (d 1958) and mollie (friedman) potok (d 1985), jewish immigrants from poland who were hasidic his father was a watchmaker and jeweler his father was a watchmaker and jeweler. My name is asher lev by chaim potoka story about a young man's struggle between the secular world of an artist, and life as a ladover hasidic jew, chaim potok's masterpiece my name is asher lev is truly a classicasher lev is born to parents who are devoted to the life of the ladover hasidic jew.
My all time favorite potok book is my name is asher lev, this book began my journe i never had to read the the promise of the chosen in high school however after starting on my potok journey, i realized that the first works i read of potok's were the history the jews.
Being a rabbi, potok's works would explore the lives of hasidic and orthodox jewish subjects and their struggles, but often, these struggles took place internally or within their religious community as opposed to taking place in their exterior world my name is asher lev is a prime example of the central character's very own struggle.
On being proud of uniqueness my name is asher lev all through the middle ages, as far as jewish law is concerned, christianity was essentially an idolatrous religion because of it's iconography because of this, religious jews never participated in the art of that civilization, which was intimately connected to that form of worship. My first potok was my name is asher lev (1972) a good place for new readers of the rabbi to start, it charts the journey of an artistic prodigy from childhood to his 20s asher lev was born in a hasidic jewish home, and by four years old begins to “feel with his eyes.
All about my name is asher lev by chaim potok librarything is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers so much in the end i think i prefer those two novels but i enjoyed the asher lev character (asher lev is an orthodox jewish artist which is to understate things is uncommon) i look forward to reading the gift of asher lev.