Mizmor L'David Anthology 


Poetica Magazine, Contemporary Jewish Writing

Shai Afsai (shaiafsai.com) lives in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to fiction and poetry, his recent writing has focused on Jewish observance and identity in Nigeria, Jewish pilgrimage to Ukraine, Jewish-Polish relations, Benjamin Franklin’s influence on Jewish thought and practice, and the works of the contemporary Dublin author Gerry Mc Donnell.

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Shai Afsai

How latkes reaffirmed my Judaism

What matzah ball soup taught me about social justice

Lessons I learned from bringing a Christmas tree into my grandmother’s Jewish nursing home

Herring was once a household fish - meet the young Jewish women trying to bring back an ancient

I used to eat hummus and pita – until I realized culinary cultural appropriation is one of the factors
prolonging the Occupation

Mimouna – the Moroccan Jewish holiday you’ve never heard of but need to start celebrating

Mufleta – the crepe-like Moroccan Jewish delicacy you’ve never heard of but need to start eating

What gefilte fish and the patriarchy share in common – and why I won’t let my daughters go near it at
shul kiddush

I baked ginger bread cookies with my kids on Christmas and the sky didn’t fall

Why my wife and I publicly agonized for months on social media over whether or not to circumcise our
son, even though it was pretty clear from the get-go that we’d go ahead with it no matter what

I’m not lighting Hannukah candles this year – and neither should you