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There are many choices that Asher Lev is faced with as he journeys from childhood to manhood These choices define who Asher is and what he believes in as well as shattering the boyhood innocence he once possessed One of the first choices which alter Ashers life is his decision to visit Yudel Krinsky for the first time page 69 Although this act might seem miniscule it was the beginning of a friendship that fostered Asher Levs love for art Once during his elementary years Asher Lev stopped drawing all together and forgot his gift However Asher makes the choice to continue drawing page 97 Had Asher abandoned his gift he would have continued in the steps of great Ladover Jews and faced little religious hardship Instead Asher continues to draw causing a wall to go up between him and his family and him and all that hes been taught to obey Asher also visits many people and places that force him to mature quickly One of these places is the museum in Brooklyn where Asher first sees the work of non-Jewish artists page 134 This choice to tour the art museum without the permission of his parents was the first conscious decision Asher makes to disregard his Jewish background for the sake of what he loves Art Asher begins a student-teacher relationship with Jacob Kahn a non-observant Jew Asher has the choice of disregarding Jacobs invitation to study with him or calling him Asher chooses to call Jacob page 190 which in turn leads him on a journey to neglecting his parents wishes and forsaking his faith After graduation Asher decides to tour Europe and see in person the art works he had before only experienced through books page293 This decision to be on his own also forced him to choose between art and his family friends and religion Asher chose art The last decision Asher made as a boy was to
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