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The gifts that one receives from a higher power when they are born can be perceived as either a blessing or a curse When one attains such a gift it does not start out as a blessing or a curse It turns into one or the other depending on what the individual makes of it A blessing is a gift that is used to help and offer aid to others along with self-fulfillment while a curse is a gift that always has a negative effect on the individual as well as on their community In the story My Name is Asher Lev the protagonist of the story Asher has the gift of art Asher is a member of a Hasidic community were at a young age he continuously questions himself as an individual and his community Ashers father Aryeh spreads the teachings of the Torah and is driven to his commitment to the community and moral law His father does not accept his gift because of his priorities with his religious fulfillment while his mother Rivkeh is unsure of her sons art but still supports him Ashers father creates drawbacks in his art because being part of the Jewish community one must live according to the Law and traditions Through Asher Lev and his father we can compare the two by natural and revealed religion Asher forms to natural religion by questioning and challenging views of understanding with his art and has a philosophical mind frame As for Aryeh he builds his community by interpretation of the divine such as following in the beliefs of his religion This explains why the father and son do not get along in this story They are on opposite ends on their thought processes For without the fathers established religion Asher cannot question its ideas and his self-development As for Aryeh without his sons
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