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It isnt fair it isnt right screams Tessie a girl unjustly sentenced to death in The Lottery by Shirley Jackson These words may also have been uttered by Aryeh Lev the protagonists father in My Name is Asher Lev by Chiam Potok Aryeh a pious Jew was born into an unjust anti-Semitic world that oppresses his people places the weight of his people upon his shoulders and blights him with an obstinate son Aryeh Lev has lived in an anti-Semitic world all his life Aryehs father was killed by a drunken axe wielding peasant pg 5 It is unjust beyond a doubt for Aryeh to be born into a world that hates Jews pg 358 Aryeh was not only born into an Anti-Semitic world but into a country with a history of anti-Semitic policy which began under the Czarist regime in which the grandfather of the Rebbe of the landover hasid movement spent ten years in prison under pg 80 But the Rebbes father was also imprisoned under the Bolsheviks pg 80 The Bolshevik regime was another Russian Government who famously changed Russia to the USSR This communist government caught Jews and sent them to Siberia where they perished It is completely unjust for Aryeh to have been born into such a world Disrespect for the Jewish faith was not only manifested outside Aryehs home in the form of Anti-Semitism but in his own home in the form of his son Asher Asher creates paintings that are from the Sitra Achra or other side Asher draws a hideous picture of the Rebbe that portrays the Rebbe as EvilThreateningand about to hurt pg 124 Asher Asher not only uses his gift to make the Rebbe look like a being from the other-side he defiled a Chumash pg 123 a sacred book of Talmudic learning This is truly unjust toward Aryeh a truly pious Jew who studies these texts and fights to protect them Due to rampant
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