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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Did you follow that recent brouhaha about a so-called “banned” book in Israel? Liel Leibovitz dug deeper into that story for Tablet; read his piece. (See also Michele Chabin’s report for The Jewish Week.)
  • Fascinating to see what the National Library of Israel has been up to.
  • New on the Fig Tree Books blog this week: a look back on Philip Roth’s Everyman.
  • “If the American Jewish story is, on balance, a very happy one, why are our books so miserable? Where are the well-adjusted Jewish writers?” In a new review for Tablet, Adam Kirsch spotlights one of the happy ones: Herman Wouk, who has a new memoir out.
  • I’d fallen behind on the “Israel in Translation” series; here’s a tribute segment for Amir Gutfreund, the Israeli author who passed away this fall.
  • Shabbat shalom. PS: I’ll be traveling for the next few days; comment moderation and response will resume after my return.

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    1. Thank you for including Liel Leibovitz’ piece in your last Machberet post!

    2. Erika—

      Just wanted to share with you a couple of sentences from a woman in her mid-90’s who took my short story class this fall (which included your book, QUIET AMERICANS). She wrote: “I want to thank you for the course which opened my eyes to how good a short story can be. I guess I had a typical reaction to the short story in the past—not worth reading—but your pointing out how good writers can be in a different style. So thank you…I hope you can be persuaded to do a follow-up.” Never too late to learn new things!

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