Franklin’s Judaism Teachings

Shai Afsai, a researcher and writer from Providence, Rhode Island, presented a series of three lectures on January 16-17, 2015, including discussing Benjamin Franklin’s connection with the Jews of his day and his subsequent influence on Judaism’s mussar movement.

The lecture series was described, with photographs, in this report. We note with pleasure that the Franklin lecture was nicely timed to be given on Dr. Franklin’s 309th Birthday.

We are also happy to receive and offer an article by Mr. Afsai on that topic: Benjamin Franklin’s Way to Virtue, the American Enlightenment, and Mussar.

Thank you, Mr. Afsai!

The references in this article lead to further interesting reading: this response to this book review clarifies Franklin’s origination of this method, and describes the progress of Franklin’s technique of behavior modification.