The divine name is written with a double yodh. It has been assigned paleographically to the 3rd century.
I can't tell you how many bad books I have finished hoping for a Potok-esque finish This was a book I had a hard time finishing. Now, I emphatically say that it is one of the best books I have ever read.
There is so much to say about this book. Throughou Chaim Potok is a brilliant author who refuses to write a page-turning book. Throughout my entire reading of it, I kept thinking the book was about "this" or "that", only to be surprised by realizing the subject matter went far deeper.
At first I thought it was about an art prodigy; that a difficult path is taken when your child is special or gifted.
It kind of is. Then I thought it was about the pain and awkwardness of being a religious Jew right after the second world war. Then I thought it was like The Namesake and the struggle between parents and children and different generations.
Ultimately, I think this book is about perception. What is honoring your father and mother and what is following your dream? What is tradition and what is truth? What is the better choice? What is the better life? Whose point of view matters?
I experienced a lot of frustration while reading this. First of all, this book is about so many things that I either know nothing about or that don't interest me.
For instance, Asher Lev is a art prodigy. As he is the main character, art - its history and technique - is a frequent subject matter. I know very little about art.
It was hard for me to respond to Asher Lev's need to draw and paint. As a person without any particular passion, I had to take his word for it that for him, drawing and painting wasn't a hobby, or something he liked to do, but that it was who he was, an insatiable need that controlled him.
That sort of passion would probably cause problems in any family but when you are a Hasidic Jew and the son of an important emissary of the Rebbe whose life work is to create safe places to teach the Torah to religious Jews throughout Europe, that passion tears apart a family.
My second frustration is probably apparent by now.
I know very little about Judaism. There is a no apologizes approach to Potok's description of Jewish life. Obviously a Jew himself, he doesn't write for the goyim are you frustrated?
That's the Jewish term for the Gentile.
I had to learn it all too. There is a noticeable lack of emotion written about such an emotionally charged situation. Short, perfunctory sentences that made me feel as frustrated with the situation as I felt Asher Lev did with his father who did not get art.The tetragrammaton (/ ˌ t ɛ t r ə ˈ ɡ r æ m ə t ɒ n /; from Greek Τετραγράμματον, meaning "[consisting of] four letters"), יהוה in Hebrew and YHWH in Latin script, is the four-letter biblical name of the God of Israel.
The books of the Torah and the rest of the Hebrew Bible (with the exception of Esther, and Song of Songs) contain this Hebrew name. Hashem. The Name (Lev. ,16; Deut.
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