When Asher starts high school, he begins going to showcases, which progresses as he starts college. Rivkeh decides to move to Vienna without her son, as he refuses to move there. Asher the Scholar Don't let the title fool you—if you read the book, you'll know that Asher's not much of a student when it comes to yeshiva. Eventually, Aryeh travels to Vienna alone, on the advice of the Rebbe. Asher does not want to move to Vienna, and asks if he can live with his Uncle Yitzchok.
His rudeness more often than not teaches a moral lesson. He remembers the anguish his mother went through when he was younger, always worrying about him and his father. We learn pretty early on that young Asher has an adult-sized talent for drawing, much to his mother's confusion and his father's annoyance. He spends a lot of his time struggling to make them happy, his mother in particular. He turns to his art, not only for solace but also to express himself, once drawing a frightening picture of the Rebbe in his holy book, only to be discovered by his teacher. They are shocked by the paintings, as are many other former supporters from his Ladover community. The book traces Asher's development as a person and an artist.
He also asks Asher to draw some pictures for him, which Asher leaves behind in a sketchbook. Even as she suffers from her brother's death, she still manages to be supportive of Asher's art from day one. The rebbe in both the story and in reality had no children, so succession was a serious issue. After visiting a museum, Asher begins to sketch crucifixions. The logical candidate for next rebbe would be Asher's father, Aryeh Lev, who has been one of the rebbe's chief lieutenants for decades, but Asher realizes that the rebbe is reluctant to pass the mantle of authority to Aryeh unless Aryeh has a successor—who cannot be Aryeh's only child, the painter. The real-life group has not chosen a successor, while the novel reaches a possible solution to the problem in choosing the grandson of a major supporter. Though he works with high-ranking government officials, he has a hard time relating to those, like Asher, whose value systems are different from his own.
Asher loves spending time there, where he and his mentor paint, take walks on the beach, and where Asher learns to swim. His subject matter is sort of controversial—i. Can't we all just get along? This section contains 822 words approx. On the other hand, his mother encourages his career, which manifests itself in his later works. In the novel, the Ladovers' secretary is Rabbi Chodorov. Asher is introspective and incredibly sensitive: he loves his parents—his mother especially—and struggles with the fact that his artistic talent hurts them so much. His death sends Rivkeh into a tailspin.
Written by Ankita R Asher Lev The main character and narrator of the novel. Jacob Kahn, an artist, has also been called to the Rebbe's office, and he introduces himself to Asher as they both leave. Asher leaves, presumably forever, and moves to Paris. This book is basically the story of how Asher comes into his own as an artist, and just in case you were wondering—yes, there's a fancy German word for that:. Her face was smooth and smelled of soap. He spends the entire time painting and remaining true to his religion.
So his dad goes without him. His focus and calm spread to the congregation, quieting their prayers. And Asher decides his drawings make people he loves too angry to be worth doing, so he stops doing them. There are several parallels between the Ladover group in the novel, and the real-life Lubavitcher group. I did not know, but I sensed it as truth.
This tension forces him to make an impossible choice between the art he's passionate about and the family he loves. Written by people who wish to remain anonymous , the titular character, is born into a Hassidic Jewish community with strict values. In the waiting room, Asher notices a strange man who draws an impromptu portrait of him. While he encourgages Asher's art, he also belittles him for not respecting his father. But he is a very talented scholar of the Jewish religion, and tends to know what he's talking about when it comes to the Torah. When younger, he abandoned the religion with which he grew up, in order to pursue his artwork. But I can remember, at the age of four, holding my pencil in the firm first grip of a child and transferring the world around me to pieces of paper, margins of books, bare expanses of wall.
Asher stops drawing after that, but he starts up again shortly after dies and the Rabbi tells his father to move his family to Vienna so he can build yeshivas there yeshivas, in case you were wondering, are Jewish day schools specializing in both religious and secular instruction. Asher creates two paintings that symbolically show his mother in a crucifixion. But Asher digs in his heels and refuses to leave. She is kind and supportive. Asher suspects Devorah will seize on her son's eventual succession to rebbeship as some sort of vindication for her family's suffering. This mythic ancestor is of course dead but basically a character in the novel given how much Asher dreams about him.
When Aryeh gets an opportunity to continue his work in Vienna, which Asher opposes. He meets a man named , who teaches him art. She takes care of him and rarely disobeys her husband Aryeh. He is a Ladover Jew and runs a stationary store which sells art supplies. She juxtaposes objects and people to create shocking and paying-out effects. What will happen to the Ladover community if the rebbe dies before the comes? An old and famous artist.
We open with Asher Lev's birth in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in 1943. The family is struck by tragedy when Rivkeh's brother, another counsel to the Rabbi, is killed in a car accident. Asher the Son Before becoming a great painter, Asher is a kid just like any other: the son of two loving and sometimes annoying parents. The Rabbi recognizes his talent and decides that he needs a mentor. GradeSaver, 11 May 2015 Web. He is born into a Hassidic Jewish family and has a troubled childhood as his mother wrestles with her own problems.