In addition to fiction and poetry, Shai Afsai’s (shaiafsai.com) recent writing has focused on the works of Thomas Paine, Zionist historiography, “The bride is beautiful but she is married to another man” stories, Jews and Freemasonry, Benjamin Franklin’s influence on Jewish thought and practice, religious traditions of the Beta Yisrael Jewish community from Ethiopia, Jewish observance and identity in Nigeria, aliyah to Israel from Rhode Island, Jewish pilgrimage to Ukraine, Jewish-Polish relations, Jews and Irish literature, and Judaism in Northern Ireland.
Though geared toward students and specialists on Africa, this volume is also of interest to anyone seeking material on Jewish identity among Black Africans.
Such mistakes are emblematic of broader problems, including that people have a hard time parting with narratives that affirm their positions.
Alan Shatter offers insight into Irish society from the 1950s through the 1970s and recounts how being Jewish influenced him personally and politically.
Ever fond of hoaxes, Franklin memorized the parable and “read” it aloud from Genesis, “proving” to his listeners the importance of religious tolerance.
Among other events in his storied life, Rabbi Lewis appeared as a guest on an episode of the popular American television game show “To Tell the Truth.”
I drew "The Street of Crocodiles" from the shelf. There was a cartoonish illustration of four sinister-looking men and one sinister-looking woman on the cover.
Rabbis and Jewish scholars have often been unaware of, confused about, or uncomfortable acknowledging the influence of American founding father Benjamin Franklin – born January 17, 1706 – on...
Though stories incorporating the phrase “The bride is beautiful, but she is married to another man” lack a primary source, different versions have appeared in many articles, books, and...