- 1 What assignment does Kahn give Asher?
- 2 What does Asher’s mythic ancestor symbolize?
- 3 What does Asher learn about becoming an artist?
- 4 Why does Asher say he feels vaguely unclean?
- 5 What happens when Asher visits the Rebbe?
- 6 How is Asher like his mythic ancestor?
- 7 What is Asher’s dream?
- 8 Who is yudel Krinsky?
- 9 Why does Asher paint?
- 10 What does Khan say Asher will have to do if he is going to survive as an artist?
- 11 What did Asher Lev paint?
- 12 How does My Name Is Asher Lev end?
- 13 Who is Jacob Kahn in Asher Lev?
- 14 Is there a sequel to My Name Is Asher Lev?
What assignment does Kahn give Asher?
Kahn tells Asher to study the story of the Massacre of the Innocents from the New Testament and the painting of the story by Guido Reni. He emphasizes to Asher that he is asking him to read from “The bible of the goyim.”
What does Asher’s mythic ancestor symbolize?
Asher’s Mythic Ancestor As history is a vital part of Jewish life, this man becomes a symbol for Asher of the ways he is supposed to act. The man haunts him when he steps out of line. He imagines that his ancestor had unbalanced the world and was traveling in order to right the wrongs he had done.
What does Asher learn about becoming an artist?
Asher begins going to the studio almost daily. He learns a lot about different artistic movements simply by overhearing Kahn talk with other artists. At the beginning of September, Asher’s parents return from Vienna. His father tells him that he is still unhappy with his decision to paint so much.
Why does Asher say he feels vaguely unclean?
He feels unsettled and “vaguely unclean” after having read from the Christian Bible. He doesn’t understand what the Bible passage and the paintings have to do with one another. He thinks of his father and the mashpia.
What happens when Asher visits the Rebbe?
When Asher leaves the Rebbe’s office, the man in the beret quickly gets up and goes inside. On Asher’s chair, the man has left a pencil drawing of Asher’s face, signing it “Jacob Kahn.” Asher sits down and quickly draws a sketch of Jacob Kahn’s face, signs it, and leaves it on the chair the man had occupied.
How is Asher like his mythic ancestor?
The mythic ancestor is Asher’s great-great-great grandfather on his father Aryeh’s side. The ancestor becomes milder and gentler in Asher’s dreams, and Asher imagines that he is joining his ancestor in bringing greater balance to the world.
What is Asher’s dream?
Discuss the significance of the dreams Asher have during his illness. His dreams of the ancestor/Rebbe embody his fears of violating his religious beliefs through his artwork. Even though he is not actively using his gift, it is still a part of him.
Who is yudel Krinsky?
Chaim Yehuda (“Yudel”) Krinsky (born December 3, 1933, in Boston, Massachusetts) is an ordained rabbi and a member of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. In 1988, after the passing of his wife, Chaya Mushka Schneerson, Schneerson named Krinsky an executor of his will.
Why does Asher paint?
Asher Lev’s Crucifixion Paintings as an Act of Disrespect Towards His Parents. Asher Lev paints against the values of his family and community. He disregards Jewish traditions and observance by pursuing his passion for art.
What does Khan say Asher will have to do if he is going to survive as an artist?
What does Jacob Kahn say Asher will have to do to survive as an artist? ” You will always have to find new worlds or you will die as an artist.”
What did Asher Lev paint?
In Kahn’s studio, Asher can paint bareback, freeing himself from anything that might bind him. In his uncle’s home, though allowed to paint, Asher is constricted, literally and metaphorically, by the ritual fringes he is forced to wear. Kahn’s studio becomes a place free of religion and open to all artistic expression.
How does My Name Is Asher Lev end?
The ending is pretty tragic, because it’s basically Asher being cast out of his community and shunned by his parents. Not a great start to a career, huh? The ending emphasizes one of the book’s themes, which is the struggle between individual and community.
Who is Jacob Kahn in Asher Lev?
Jacob Kahn is the temperamental genius sculptor whom the Rabbi hires to mentor Asher.
Is there a sequel to My Name Is Asher Lev?
My Name Is Asher Lev is an amazing account of a Jewish boy’s development into an artist, much to the displeasure of his religious family. The sequel, The Gift of Asher Lev, leaves one in even more astonishment as the climax of the story stretches and challenges one’s reason and faith.