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My Name Is Asher Lev Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 8 Summary

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Chapter 8 Summary

Asher calls Jacob in March. Jacob assigns him to read a New Testament bible passage about King Herod's massacre of the innocents and to study several paintings of the massacre. Asher reads the Christian bible in the public library and feels unclean. His mother brings him a book about becoming an artist by Robert Henri. Henri writes that every great artist must free himself from his family, nation, and race.

Asher travels alone by subway to Jacob's Manhattan studio. Jacob introduces Asher to Anna, a matronly gallery owner. She is surprised to see that Asher is Hasidic. Anna tells Asher that Jacob is a notable artist who no longer teaches. Asher remembers seeing Jacob's work in a museum. He learns that Jacob taught art in Paris after surviving several pogroms in Russia, but his students were unkind when Hitler came to power. The Rebbe helped bring...

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