A Study Guide for Chaim Potok's "My Name Is Asher Lev"

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A Study Guide for Chaim Potok's "My Name Is Asher Lev," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

My Name is Asher Lev

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My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok Summary

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.

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My Name is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner Summary

THE STORY: MY NAME IS ASHER LEV follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his paren

Literature Companion: My Name Is Asher Lev

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Literature Companion: My Name Is Asher Lev by History World Summary

“My Name is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok was first published on March 12, 1972. Chaim Potok was an American author and rabbi. The story revolves around a Hasidic Jewish boy, Asher Lev, the protagonist of the novel. He lives in New York City. Being a Jewish boy, he is not supposed to be inclined towards arts because his elders believe that art is not related to religion, but Asher is passionately interested in art and paintings. Owing to his interest in his art, there is a conflict with his family and the other members of his family. The story presents Asher’s growth and his development as an artist and a Jew. Literature Companion: My Name is Asher Lev Copyright Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Plot Overview Chapter Three: Major Characters Chapter Four: Complete Summary Chapter Five: Critical Analysis

The Gift of Asher Lev

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The Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok Summary

“Extraordinary . . . No one but Chaim Potok could have written this strangely sweet, compelling, and deeply felt novel.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer In his powerful My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok gave the world an unforgettable character and a timeless story that The New York Times Book Review hailed as “little short of a work of genius.” The Chicago Sun-Times declared it “a story that had to be told.” Now, Chaim Potok’s beloved character returns to learn, to teach, to dream, in The Gift of Asher Lev. Twenty years have passed. Asher Lev is a world-renowned artist living with his young family in France. Still, he is unsure of his artistic direction. Success has not brought ease to his heart. Then Asher’s beloved uncle dies suddenly, and Asher and his family rush back to Brooklyn—and into a world that Asher thought he had left behind forever. It is a journey of confrontation and discovery as Asher purges his past in search of new inspiration for his art and begins to understand the true meaning of sacrifice and the painful joy in sharing the most precious gift of all. Praise for The Gift of Asher Lev “A masterwork.”—Newsday “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 News “Fascinating.”—The Washington Post Book World “Very moving.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

Chaim Potok

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Chaim Potok by Sanford Sternlicht Summary

An in-depth study of the eight major novels by renowned Jewish-American writer, Chaim Potok.

Abandonnée de tous

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Abandonnée de tous by Hope Daniels Summary

Londres, 18 août 1983. La petite Hope, 9 ans, se rend au commissariat où elle demande à voir son assistante sociale et à quitter le domicile familial. Dans ce témoignage, elle dévoile l'enfer qu'elle et ses deux petits frères ont vécu enfants : leurs parents étaient alcooliques, les disputes fréquentes – et violentes. Les enfants, négligés, affamés, vivaient un calvaire, étant souvent livrés à eux-mêmes. Hope sera donc placée en foyer et enfin scolarisée normalement. Elle raconte ici son odyssée, qui sera suivie d'une longue et lente reconstruction physique et psychologique.

The Collected Plays of Chaim Potok

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The Collected Plays of Chaim Potok by Chaim Potok Summary

First publication of the complete plays of Chaim Potok. With the exception of the The Chosen, none have been previously available.

The Book of Lights

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In the Beginning

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In the Beginning by Chaim Potok Summary

"Powerful . . . It successfully recreates a time and place and the journey of a soul."--The New York Times All beginnings are hard--that is the lesson David Lurie learns early and painfully in his life. As a boy in the depression-shadowed Bronx, he must begin to hold his own against neighborhood bullies and the treacherous frailties of his own health. As a young man in a world menaced by a distant, horrifying war, he must begin once more--this time to define a resolute path of personal belief that departs boldly from the tradition of his teachers and his own father, a courageous defender of their people. Learning how to remember his past as he nourishes the future, David struggles to complete his first long journey into ancient beginnings. "A major work in every sense."--Pittsburgh Press

L'élu

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L'élu by Chaïm Potok Summary

Rien ne destine Danny Saundens et Reuven Malter à devenir amis. Tout semble mème séparer les adolescents, si ce n'est leur appartenance au mème quartier juif de New York; leurs pères, personnalités charismatiques, incarnent deux conceptions du judaïsme qui s'opposent avec virulence. Fils d'un rabbin hassidique, Danny Saunders a été élevé dans le farouche respect des traditions, dans un répli du monde juif sur lui-mème et dans l'orgueilleuse solitude des Élus; le père de Reuven Malter, intellectuel croyant, mais libéral, a éduqué son fils dans un esprit d'ouverture au monde, d'enracinement dans le siècle. La rencotre brutale des deux jeunes gens sur un terrain de base-ball inaugure une amitié féconde qui, de réflexion en contradiction, va les aider à trouver leur voie, tandis qu'en Europe ont lieu les dernières convulsions du démon hitlérien, puis la découverte de la mort de six millions d'hommes dans les camps. Les prémices de la création d'un État juif cristallisent l'affrontement des sionistes des hassidim anti sionistes, mais au-delà des conflits, c'est la pérennité de l'âme d'un peuple qui se révèle. Roman plein de saveur, de richesse et d'émotion, L'Élu retrace à travers l'histoire d'une amitié, l'un des grands drames de notre histoire, dévoilant quelques-uns des secrets de l'indestructible judéité qui se nourrit de ce que chaque Juif lui apporte.

The Chosen

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The Chosen by Chaim Potok Summary

The story of two fathers and two sons and the pressures on all of them to pursue the religion they share in the way that is best suited to each. And as the boys grow into young men, they discover in the other a lost spiritual brother, and a link to an unexplored world that neither had ever considered before. In effect, they exchange places, and find the peace that neither will ever retreat from again.

The Gates of November

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The Gates of November by Chaim Potok Summary

"REMARKABLE . . . A WONDERFUL STORY." --The Boston Globe The father is a high-ranking Communist officer, a Jew who survived Stalin's purges. The son is a "refusenik," who risked his life and happiness to protest everything his father held dear. Now, Chaim Potok, beloved author of the award-winning novels The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev, unfolds the gripping true story of a father, a son, and a conflict that spans Soviet history. Drawing on taped interviews and his harrowing visits to Russia, Potok traces the public and privates lives of the Slepak family: Their passions and ideologies, their struggles to reconcile their identities as Russians and as Jews, their willingness to fight--and die--for diametrically opposed political beliefs. "[A] vivid account . . . [Potok] brings a novelist's passion and eye for detail to a gripping story that possesses many of the elements of fiction--except that it's all too true." --San Francisco Chronicle From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Promise

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The Promise by Chaim Potok Summary

In a passionate, energetic narrative, The Promise brilliantly dramatizes what it is to master and use knowledge to make one’s own way in the world. Reuven Malter lives in Brooklyn, he’s in love, and he’s studying to be a rabbi. He also keeps challenging the strict interpretations of his teachers, and if he keeps it up, his dream of becoming a rabbi may die. One day, worried about a disturbed, unhappy boy named Michael, Reuven takes him sailing and cloud-watching. Reuven also introduces him to an old friend, Danny Saunders—now a psychologist with a growing reputation. Reconnected by their shared concern for Michael, Reuven and Danny each learns what it is to take on life—whether sacred truths or a troubled child—according to his own lights, not just established authority.