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Shai Afsai’s articles and poems have appeared in Anthropology Today, Journal of the American Revolution, Poetica Magazine, Reform Jewish Quarterly, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, and Tablet Magazine.
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A Forgetting of Benjamin Franklin

Shai Afsai marks the passing of Ben Franklin on 17 April 1790. Rabbis and Jewish scholars have often been unaware of, confused about, or uncomfortable acknowledging American founding father Benjamin Franklin’s influence on Judaism. Franklin specialists have been largely oblivious to it. Though the mussar (practical Jewish ethical instruction) classic Sefer Heshbon Hanefesh (Book of […]

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How Ben Franklin Was Turned Into an Antisemite

Shai Afsai discusses how the American Founding Father has been used to spread hate. The myth that American founding father Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was antisemitic first emerged 87 years ago – 144 years after his passing – with the publication of a fraudulent and since then repeatedly discredited text […]

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Who Killed Poetry?

A new poem by Shai Afsai. Poetry has been dead for decades. Its ghost surfaces from time to time for funeral home eulogies, graduation ceremonies congressional speeches, presidential inaugurations, and the like – but that only demonstrates its lifelessness, the way Elvis impersonators prove the King of Rock and Roll surely is no more.   […]

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At the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

A new poem by Shai Afsai. There are flamingos   in the Flamingo Habitat  at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino –  eight pink birds,  each balancing itself  on one twig-like leg.   And there are   a few full-length mirrors  fastened to trees  in the Flamingo Habitat,  which the flamingos  gaze into attentively.    I ask the caretaker,  who is aggressively […]

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Dear editor of the local Jewish newspaper – an epistolary poem

Thank you for agreeing to remove my essay from your website. I hope you won’t take what I’m writing as an attack on you personally, which isn’t my intention. However, I don’t understand why your copy editor altered my essay in the first place. I wonder why your copy editor felt the need to make […]

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