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The Gift of Asher Lev, Chaim Potok


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The sequel to My Name Is Asher Lev. These are very readable novels about a painter called Asher Lev who grows up within a Hasidic Jewish family in New York, and battles against the prejudices of his faith community. Raises lots of questions about the responsibility of the artist in a faith community; of course, because it’s a novel, you have to do the work to draw those issues out. Good holiday reading, or perfect for a reading alongside others with whom you can discuss it. Arguably, the second book adds little to the first, but isn’t a bad read anyway.

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