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My Name Is Asher Lev Read & Download î 104 ó Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom the Master of the Universe Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels even when it leads him to blasphemy In this stirring and often visionaryAsher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom the Master of the Universe Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels even when it leads him to blasphemy In this st. The World in One’s Hands Sitra Achra literally The Other Side in Aramaic is the kabbalistic domain of evil It contains what is false and impure the most important component of which is the idea that evil is contained in the Master of the Universe This idea is not only an impiety it is also the source of countless other horrors that prevent human beings from appreciating their own reality The struggle against the Sitra Achra is the central theme of My Name Is Asher Lev established at the outset and pursued constantly throughout the bookEvil is a very tricky theological issue Typically it is either rationalised away as only apparent in a world governed by Providence; or it is considered an aberration brought about by human beings who act in error Judaic Kabbalah unlike most religious practices however takes the existence of evil seriously as a fundamental and pervasive fact But it also refuses to fall into the Gnostic trap of including evil as an inherent part of the divine Evil exists in a sort of parallel universe one which lacks a crucial component of the divine and its Creation languageSuch a universe is in one sense impossible to conceive There are literally no words to describe it The best we can do it to call it ‘darkness’ Within this realm of darkness chaos reigns Out of it the darkness seeks to overcome the light in part by infecting language itself Stalin for example as part of the Sitra Achra kills Jewish writers both because they are Jewish and because they write and substitutes Soviet propaganda for divine truth There are even Jewish Communists who persecute other Jews Ultimately it is words that killed the writers the millions of others in Russia and in the Holocaust laws and commands and secret memoranda and judicial verdicts all in the language made unsafe by the Sitra AchraKabbalah can be considered as a mystical approach to disinfecting language by turning language in on itself using language to undermine the pretensions of language when it becomes something that it shouldn’t lies misrepresentations distortions and claims to reality It is not enough to say the Krias Shema before sleep the Modeh Ani upon waking or the dozens of other prayers for every other occasion during the day Even the language of these prayers must transcend language itselfThe artist in a community devoted to the Kabbalah is thus in an ambiguous position On the one hand he relativises written and spoken language through his pictorial interpretation of the world even the world of darkness which is immune from linguistic description Such interpretation challenges whatever existing representations of reality there might be and therefore is consistent with kabbalistic practice On the other hand it is unclear whether any artistic innovation might be yet another attempt by the forces of the Sitra Achra to dim the light of divine guidance Is such art grace or heresySo the issue raised by Asher Lev’s artistic talent is not aesthetic It is not even moral in the narrow sense of rightness and wrongness His abilities as a painter have profound significance not just for the community but for the entire cosmos An artist attacks the Sitra Achra directly by entering into it with his art His duty is to bring the Sitra Achra within the world of divine creation by giving it a language a means of representing itself in order to see itself clearlyThis is a dangerous business The danger is that the artist attempts to emulate the Master of the Universe rather than act as His instrument Does the artist represent light or darkness Is his art a purification or a desecration These are as much uestions for Asher Lev as they are for his community in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights in which even “washing for meals was a cosmic enterprise”Postscript Also see

My Name Is Asher LevAsher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom the Master of the Universe Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels even when it leads him to blasphemy In this st. The World in One’s Hands Sitra Achra literally The Other Side in Aramaic is the kabbalistic domain of evil It contains what is false and impure the most important component of which is the idea that evil is contained in the Master of the Universe This idea is not only an impiety it is also the source of countless other horrors that prevent human beings from appreciating their own reality The struggle against the Sitra Achra is the central theme of My Name Is Asher Lev established at the outset and pursued constantly throughout the bookEvil is a very tricky theological issue Typically it is either rationalised away as only apparent in a world governed by Providence; or it is considered an aberration brought about by human beings who act in error Judaic Kabbalah unlike most religious practices however takes the existence of evil seriously as a fundamental and pervasive fact But it also refuses to fall into the Gnostic trap of including evil as an inherent part of the divine Evil exists in a sort of parallel universe one which lacks a crucial component of the divine and its Creation languageSuch a universe is in one sense impossible to conceive There are literally no words to describe it The best we can do it to call it ‘darkness’ Within this realm of darkness chaos reigns Out of it the darkness seeks to overcome the light in part by infecting language itself Stalin for example as part of the Sitra Achra kills Jewish writers both because they are Jewish and because they write and substitutes Soviet propaganda for divine truth There are even Jewish Communists who persecute other Jews Ultimately it is words that killed the writers the millions of others in Russia and in the Holocaust laws and commands and secret memoranda and judicial verdicts all in the language made unsafe by the Sitra AchraKabbalah can be considered as a mystical approach to disinfecting language by turning language in on itself using language to undermine the pretensions of language when it becomes something that it shouldn’t lies misrepresentations distortions and claims to reality It is not enough to say the Krias Shema before sleep the Modeh Ani upon waking or the dozens of other prayers for every other occasion during the day Even the language of these prayers must transcend language itselfThe artist in a community devoted to the Kabbalah is thus in an ambiguous position On the one hand he relativises written and spoken language through his pictorial interpretation of the world even the world of darkness which is immune from linguistic description Such interpretation challenges whatever existing representations of reality there might be and therefore is consistent with kabbalistic practice On the other hand it is unclear whether any artistic innovation might be yet another attempt by the forces of the Sitra Achra to dim the light of divine guidance Is such art grace or heresySo the issue raised by Asher Lev’s artistic talent is not aesthetic It is not even moral in the narrow sense of rightness and wrongness His abilities as a painter have profound significance not just for the community but for the entire cosmos An artist attacks the Sitra Achra directly by entering into it with his art His duty is to bring the Sitra Achra within the world of divine creation by giving it a language a means of representing itself in order to see itself clearlyThis is a dangerous business The danger is that the artist attempts to emulate the Master of the Universe rather than act as His instrument Does the artist represent light or darkness Is his art a purification or a desecration These are as much uestions for Asher Lev as they are for his community in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights in which even “washing for meals was a cosmic enterprise”Postscript Also see

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My Name Is Asher Lev ✓ D revolving around a charismatic Rebbe But in time his gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores As it follows his struggle My Name Is Asher Lev becomes a luminous portrait of the artist by turns heartbreaking and exultant a modern classi. I've heard good things about Potok's Chosen and it sounds like that's his book that most people have read I enjoyed his style here and I suspect I'll pick up The Chosen to read later ContentTheme Before commenting on anything else I need to comment on the theme and content of the book This book is deeply entrenched in the Jewish culture and has many references that are likely very commonplace to those in the Jewish culture but were very foreign to me I got the general meaning of most things from context but I still have a long list of terms phrases and actions to look up and better understandThis book also has a lot of great detail about the art world This is another realm in which I am an inexperienced traveler I had a better understanding of art than Judaism but there were still numerous names periods phrases and theories that I didn't understand directlyOne suggestion that I would make which added huge depth to me is to Google the names of the various paintingssculpuresartists that are referenced and that Asher studies intently Some are important than others but just seeing what it is he's seeing and experiencing brought a huge new depth to the book Characters Obviously Asher is the main character He is a very deep character with a ton of internal conflict and a lot of passion which he doesn't understand or know fully how to direct His development throughout the novel was very subtle I found it very interesting that he was portrayed largely as a pawn in his own life A few times he tells his father that he can't control it meaning his art In much of the dialog that happens between Asher and most characters he is largely a character who isn't directing the actions of his world He is often silent and lets others make their assumptions and their decisions And yet through that silence he imposes his will on those who are closest to himAsher's parents are also very lucid characters Asher's mother is passionate and very torn between her devotion to her husband and to her son The final climactic work of Asher truly captures his mother's character His father was also very well portrayed I found myself frustrated with him at times but also sympathizing with him There was a section where Asher tries to explain art to his father going into the technical artistic terms and phrases That scene was a very profound description of the huge disparity between their two worldsThe other characters in the book were largely there as tools either for Asher's own development or for exploring the gap between Asher's two worlds art and Judaism PlotWritingPacing There were times that I would have liked the story to pick up the pace a bit The descriptions were great very artistic and the depth that the scenes gave to Asher and his family and friends was huge I'm not sure what scenes I would have cut or tightened up but there were times that I would to have liked it to speed up a littleThe plot itself was intense The novel was divided into books outlining different parts in Asher's life and development Each book built on those before it and none of the sections came to a final conclusion or at least to a happy ending Even though I would not like to see them split into stand alone books looking back I see that as a possibility They each had their own rising action climax and hint of resolution And together through the course of the novel they provided an overall rising action with the final book having the greatest climax before the final resolution Overall Even though this book focussed on conflict between art and Judaism it goes much deeper than that dynamic I found myself relating many times to things that Asher would say or think He was conflicted between his religious heritage and the carnal world He was conflicted between respecting his parents and becoming his own person He was conflicted between Tradition and Growth He was conflicted between two things that were both good So much of his character development embodies principles that apply to us allThe story and the writing was very interesting and thought provoking I enjoyed reading it The final climax made my soul churn as I realized there was no happy way for things to resolve I'm not one to beg for happy endings but after getting so attached to Asher I had hoped that things would turn out better Still not to spoil the end things didn't end up as grim as they could have done I believe Potok wrote a second book about Asher Lev I may have to read that as well to see what becomes of him beyond this novelThe reading isn't heavy but the tone of the book is heavy But Definitely Recommended4 Stars Summary º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Chaim Potok

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Chaim Potok ´ 4 Free download Irring and often visionary novel Chaim Potok traces Asher’s passage between these two identities the one consecrated to God the other subject only to the imaginationAsher Lev grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn a world suffused by ritual an. I hated to finish this book because I loved it so muchIt is the story of a Hasidic boy who loves to draw and paint and has the ability to become a great artist but his father hates his obsession with art because he thinks it is from the Other Side and is evilI loved how this story drew me into the daily life of this young boy his family and his struggle to become who he was meant to be I too had a gift for drawing and know how devastating it is to be not only not encouraged but actively discouraged from doing the one thing you love to do mostI also realized how much I didn't know about the Judaism and Hasidism in particular I loved learning about the prayers customs history and vocabularyThis is a beautiful book There was a seuel written in 1990 that I will be reading too