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Essay heading: An Apostate's Fate
 
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Date added: April 28, 1997
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In addition to the conflict between Asher and his community, Potok portrays an even more fundamental conflict between Asher and his parents. Aryeh Lev, Asher's father, feels that his ancestors' devotion to Hasidism requires him to serve the Rebbe also. Aryeh honors his ancestors' memories by continuing the work that they were unable to finish during their lifetimes...
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Aryeh hopes that his son will finish the work he cannot do, to continue on the family tradition. However, Asher exhibits a rebellious attitude, refusing to conform to his father's expectations. Asher's father persistently tells Asher to stop drawing completely by calling art "foolish" and "from the sitra achra" (109)...
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