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The Gift of Asher Lev

The Gift of Asher Lev ☆ The Gift of Asher Lev Å Chaim Potok - The Gift of Asher Lev, The Gift of Asher Lev Rivals anything Chaim Potok has ever produced It is a book written with passion about passion You re not likely to read anything better this year THE DETROIT NEWSTwenty years have passed for Asher Lev

  • Title: The Gift of Asher Lev
  • Author: Chaim Potok
  • ISBN: 9780449001158
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback

☆ The Gift of Asher Lev Å Chaim Potok, ☆ The Gift of Asher Lev Å Chaim Potok, The Gift of Asher Lev, Chaim Potok, The Gift of Asher Lev Rivals anything Chaim Potok has ever produced It is a book written with passion about passion You re not likely to read anything better this year THE DETROIT NEWSTwenty years have passed for Asher Lev He is a world renowned artist living in France still uncertain of his artistic direction When his beloved uncle dies suddenly Asher and his family rush back to Brookl Rivals a. ☆ The Gift of Asher Lev Å Chaim Potok - The Gift of Asher Lev, The Gift of Asher Lev Rivals anything Chaim Potok has ever produced It is a book written with passion about passion You re not likely to read anything better this year THE DETROIT NEWSTwenty years have passed for Asher Lev

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The Gift of Asher Lev

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  1. Herman Harold Potok, or Chaim Tzvi, was born in Buffalo, New York, to Polish immigrants He received an Orthodox Jewish education After reading Evelyn Waugh s novel Brideshead Revisited as a teenager, he decided to become a writer He started writing fiction at the age of 16 At age 17 he made his first submission to the magazine The Atlantic Monthly Although it wasn t published, he received a note from the editor complimenting his work.In 1949, at the age of 20, his stories were published in the literary magazine of Yeshiva University, which he also helped edit In 1950, Potok graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English Literature.After four years of study at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America he was ordained as a Conservative rabbi He was appointed director of Leaders Training Fellowship, a youth organization affiliated with Conservative Judaism.After receiving a master s degree in English literature, Potok enlisted with the U.S Army as a chaplain He served in South Korea from 1955 to 1957 He described his time in S Korea as a transformative experience Brought up to believe that the Jewish people were central to history and God s plans, he experienced a region where there were almost no Jews and no anti Semitism, yet whose religious believers prayed with the same fervor that he saw in Orthodox synagogues at home.Upon his return, he joined the faculty of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and became the director of a Conservative Jewish summer camp affiliated with the Conservative movement, Camp Ramah A year later he began his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and was appointed scholar in residence at Temple Har Zion in Philadelphia.In 1963, he spent a year in Israel, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on Solomon Maimon and began to write a novel.In 1964 Potok moved to Brooklyn He became the managing editor of the magazine Conservative Judaism and joined the faculty of the Teachers Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary The following year, he was appointed editor in chief of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia and later, chairman of the publication committee Potok received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.In 1970, Potok relocated to Jerusalem with his family He returned to Philadelphia in 1977 After the publication of Old Men at Midnight, he was diagnosed with brain cancer He died at his home in Merion, Pennsylvania on July 23, 2002, aged 73.

  2. I finished this book before I even had time to add it to my Currently Reading list There will never be enough Potok in my life.

  3. Spoilers for My Name is Asher Lev and this book below.Does God have a plan or are we at the mercy of an uncaring universe where bad things happen to good people The question of whether or not the universe is ordered permeates this book, though in a rather subtle way The book doesn t actually provide an answer to this question, but this question weighs on the minds of the characters as their world becomes uncertain.I m not going to lie, I thought the ending of My Name Is Asher Lev was a major do [...]

  4. When I started this installment from Mr Potok, the room where I read it was naturally dry.Line by line, chapter by chapter, I survived the frissons of emotion And at some point, I acquiesced By the end of the tale, I became sober in my instability and I allowed the sorrow that has always resided uncomfortably within, to flow with abandon.We have read a few authors in his phalanx, whose pens not only release ink and words, but somehow create an internal disturbance, even in a safe environment whi [...]

  5. A wonderful complex novel about individuality vs the community, with religion, art, family and depression all thrown in the mix That, and mesmerising prose Potok, you legend.

  6. SPOILER ALERT This review talks about some of the main plot lines in the book.These books are full of excellent symbolism, from Asher s crucifixion paintings connoting the suffering of especially his mother but perhaps of the whole Jewish community, to his picture of Abraham with Isaac, Isaac actually being sacrificed I think about Asher s father being full of rage seeing the pictures, and I think of a man who hasn t learned much in life, unable to understand anything except extremely conservati [...]

  7. I really wanted to like this book, because I loved My Name is Asher Lev Unfortunately, this book just wasn t nearly up to snuff To begin with, nothing happens Asher, the main character, in particular is static The entire book he has painter s block, so he just mopes around as is depressed A large portion of the book is also flashbacks which in the case of his wife are sometimes pretty interesting and touching her character is a good new one to get to know or else Asher s intuition about the futu [...]

  8. I LOVED this book I think everyone one who has read My Name is Asher Lev should read this book It took me all summer to read, basically because it is the kind of book that you linger over I savored reading it, and really didn t want to finish Not only are the chapters beautifully written, but the storyline balances out the difficulties Asher faced in his youth This is twenty years later, when he has a wife and 2 children, and is now returning to the U.S It is about redemption, hope, and survivin [...]

  9. It was nice seeing what happened after the first Asher Lev book In my opinion, this book wasn t as good as the first The biggest issue I had was that Asher Lev didn t fight to let his son be able to choose his own path since that is what he himself had to do That being said I understand that this would be a great honor for the family and it would be great for Asher to gain the affection that he lost from the Hasidic community.

  10. I m going to give away the end, so you may need to stop reading But it s the end I want to talk about First, I adored the earlier book, My Name is Asher Lev 1972 I think it is, without exaggeration, a profound statement on the integrity of the artist Second, everyone told me that the sequel, The Gift of Asher Lev 1990 , wasn t very good Well, it wasn t as good as the first, but it wasn t that bad, either I still found it absorbing, worth reading, and very interesting Generally speaking, I m not [...]

  11. It is 20 years after the events in the first book, My Name is Asher Lev Lev has lived those years in France currently in a small town in the south of France He is married, with two children, his daughter Rochelel and his young son Avrumel Lev has just had a disastrous show in Paris while all his works sold, those critics he respects have been devastating, calling his work repetitive and worse Agreeing, Lev is now suffering through a dry period he can not paint In the midst of all this, Lev recei [...]

  12. After revisiting My Name Is Asher Lev and finding it a disappointing experience, I don t know why I decided to read this second volume It took some strength of character to finish it, too or do I mean stubbornness I found myself trudging through the final 30 pages just to be done with it.The 1990s saw the advent of the Age of the Remake in films, TV, followon fiction etc and this book reads like one Asher Lev who is still called by his full name by a startling number of his friends and family, a [...]

  13. I first read Chaim Potok s books when I was 13 and I received The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev from my Hebrew school teacher as a bat mitzvah present I remember coming home from the ceremony and the celebration and how I was so happy to be alone and read these books Now, when collective Judaism is very hard for me to connect to, I enjoyed entering into Chaim Potok s description of an individual s struggle between himself as an individual and himself as a member of a strong and deep religious [...]

  14. Potok wrote this book 5 years after his last book He should have stayed in retirement Aside of being overly descriptive in meaningless scenery, Potoks book is obsessed with Art, yet never developed anything I felt that no part of the story was settled and was an incredible waste of my time Examples are his uncles art collection Oh Just keep it in storage Really It s destroying his family and just keep it in storage Asher lev gave a picture to his son as a gift And that was supposed to be a touch [...]

  15. Read this after recently rereading My Name is Asher Lev This book is also challenging but in the end satisfying, I think I m still uncomfortable with it, but was completely mesmerized by this story I just could not put it down One of the most compelling novels I ve read I knew the ending it seemed inescapable throughout most of the book Stunning and heartbreaking with a tiny winking light of hope peeking through It was like the entire world changed colors as I read this book.

  16. I really loved these two books but like many others felt let down with the rushed ending You know what is going to happen in the end but could definitely have been addedme resolutions of the mind and relationships of Asher This book made me think about compromise for the good of all involvedThe need for acceptance even though you don t condone the actions A great story of the need for balance in all areas of life and to forgive and love unconditionaly.

  17. I am always skeptical about sequels, but this one was amazing I would say I liked this one even better than My name is Asher Lev Asher s a bit older and has a family in this one, so his issues are different There is a mystery woven throughout this novel pertaining to a riddle that the rabbi shares at Asher s uncle s death A really great book Highly recommended.

  18. At first I didn t like it as much as My Name is Asher Lev, but as I got going, I LOVED it It was an interesting look at sacrifice Great books, wonderful author.

  19. The Gift of Asher Lev is a fitting sequel to My Name is Asher Lev Nearly 20 years after My Name, Asher Lev, exiled Hasid artist, thrives in France His name is among contemporary greats, listed with Picasso and Jacob Kahn He is married to Devorah and has two beautiful kids, Rochelah and Avrumel His exile is home But two events in sharp succession throw Asher into Ambiguity vicious criticism of his most recent exhibition and the death of his beloved Uncle Yitzchok In one swoop, his critics especia [...]

  20. Empec el libro con cierto temor a ser decepcionada, porque su primera parte es uno de mis libros favoritos Sin llegar al nivel del primero es un libro nico , El don de Asher Lev merece la pena ser le do, e incluso te quedas con las ganas de leer el tercero, que nunca lleg a escribir Potok.

  21. This was a fine sequel to My Name Is Asher Lev It deals with similar themes the tension between religion and art, family and religion, etc , and Asher s voice is similar, though he s mature now at 45.Twenty years after he painted the crucifixions, Asher returns to Brooklyn with his family after the death of his Uncle Yitzchok They plan to stay only a few weeks, but the visit becomes a month, and then another, and Asher s creative drought only worsens.I thought the book dragged a bit in the midd [...]

  22. I liked this even than My Name is Asher Lev I am not quite sure where to begin This is my third Potok book in about a month, and I continue to get absorbed in his writing style in such a real way that I find myself thinking about the book and characters throughout the day and into the evening I wondered for some of the book if there was any possibility of truth to Asher s character, or if it was heavily stereotyped Sad, lonely, selfish artist forced to choose between art and his family, art and [...]

  23. The strength of Potok is the honesty and depth to his characters and their communities In his stories of the Ladovers there is beauty and love, anger and disappointment, hope and despair One feels like they have truly stepped into this world of the Hasid, which for me is at once alien and familiar In some ways, I feel like Asher I am connected to this world, but not part of it Asher of course is a part of the Hasidic world, buy he is in a kind of exile within it Asher s duality here allows us in [...]

  24. My favorite book of all time is My Name Is Asher Lev I adore it It speaks truth into my life every time I read it.The Gift of Asher Lev is also a life giving book to me I adore Chaim Potok s writing, and I appreciate the way he continues the story of Asher s life in this book I can t figure out where to begin to spill all my thoughts and feelings about this book It may be over dramatic, but I feel that The Gift completes My Name in the way Asher speaks of things needing to be completed It s not [...]

  25. In this book s predecessor, My Name is Asher Lev, there is much struggle in Asher s mind between following his strict religion community or breaking away and painting what he sees in the world, even if goes against his religion In The Gift of Asher Lev there is only a little of this struggle The main struggle is with his family where should they live What will become of the children What will his father do when the Rebbe dies What does his wife really want A lot of the text is Asher s own inner [...]

  26. This is the sequel to My Name is Asher Lev Asher is now married and grown up with children of his own He is a successful artist, but finds himself trying to recover after a show in Paris where the critics weren t so pleased with his work His uncle in Brooklyn passes away and he takes his family to New York for the funeral and mourning His wife, Devorah, lost her parents as a child and she finds herself enjoying the family and community in Brooklyn They end up extending their 10 day trip much lon [...]

  27. I can t quite explain why, but I had a harder time reading this book than the first It was the reading equivalent to walking around waist deep in syrup It s hard to do, but syrup is delicious Yeah Yeah that totally makes sense Potok does a fantastic job again of creating an image of the characters surroundings as you read, but there was almost too much of it, and not enough content I suppose that s the Chaim Potok way though He s the master at eloquently writing about seemingly nothing, with a v [...]

  28. Even though I m usually skeptical of sequels, I recall pouncing on this when I first saw it I love how Potok brings greater depth to an already complex and lovable character In many ways this book surpassed its predecessor for me Asher Lev s return to NY brings new opportunities to heal old rifts Ironically, as he finds the means within himself to narrow those gaps, he creates a new wound that ultimately renews everyone including himself Gut wrenching and beautiful.

  29. The much awaited sequel to Potok s My Name is Asher Lev picks up 20 years later when Asher is a famous artist living in Paris He is thrust back into the New York religious life when his beloved uncle dies suddenly A moving story, yet, this does not reach the height of emotion and power that the first story does By all means, still read it

  30. I snagged a copy of this from the free books bin Even though I have a hardcover copy Hey, it s nice to have a backup that isn t quite so heavy And upon re reading it, the double meaning in the title finally clicked Slight embarrassment Anyway, I wonder if anyone else who s seen this edition s cover thinks that Asher looks like Harrison Ford, and finds it to be odd.