Hebrew Poet Turned Christian Convert, but Always a Lover of the Jewish People

A glimpse at the life of Asher K. Shapiro; though all but forgotten today, the ethical and emotional dilemmas he suffered are as heart-wrenching now as a century ago.

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When his Russian girlfriend informed him she was pregnant, the young Asher Shapiro was lying on his deathbed in the hospital in Saint Petersburg, the doctors having told him his days were numbered. She was...