Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who retains kosher, prays thrice a day and believes within the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Grasp of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who’s compulsively pushed to render the world he sees and feels, even when it leads him to blasphemy. On this stirring and sometimes visionary novel, Chaim Potok traces Asher’s passage between these two identities, the one consecrated to God, the opposite topic solely to the creativeness.
Asher Lev grows up in a cloistered Hasidic group in postwar Brooklyn, a world suffused by ritual and revolving round a charismatic Rebbe. However in time, his present threatens to estrange him from that world and the mother and father he adores. Because it follows his wrestle, My Identify Is Asher Lev turns into a luminous portrait of the artist, by turns heartbreaking and exultant, a contemporary basic.