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My Machberet

“Machberet” is the Hebrew word for notebook. Since it’s also (appropriately) one of the very first words I learned in my first Hebrew school in Brooklyn (and, I confess, one of the few conversational Hebrew words I still remember), I’ve chosen it to title this blog, where I offer write-ups on Jewish news (especially of the literary sort) and occasional commentary.

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.

  • “My Grandfather, the French Resistance Fighter”—another stunner of an essay by my friend Rachel Hall, ahead of the publication of her book Heirlooms.
  • Haaretz has its fans and its detractors–and was the subject of this instructive segment on last week’s episode of “The Promised Podcast.”
  • “New Voices — the only national magazine written by and for Jewish college students — is looking to hire for the full-time position of editor-in-chief.”
  • Via Reboot, a new batch of Six-Word Jewish Memoirs (with a focus on Jewish leadership).
  • Finally, there are a number of Jewish-lit items in my own “midweek update” over on the Practicing Writing blog.
  • Shabbat shalom, everyone.

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    From My Bookshelf

    Sulak_GidaliLast week I had the great pleasure of attending a celebration in honor of Marcela Sulak and her new translation, Twenty Girls to Envy Me: Selected Poems of Orit Gidali (University of Texas Press). Sulak is another writer I’ve become acquainted with online. She is the author of three collections of poetry and three earlier book-length translations. She directs the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar Ilan University, where she is an associate professor of English. She also hosts the weekly “Israel in Translation” podcast on TLV1 FM, which you’ll see listed on the My Machberet blogroll.

    The evening gathering in New York was absolutely lovely. And I was able to purchase a copy of the new book, which I greedily read this weekend. Continue reading ›

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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.

  • This week brought the August edition of the Jewish Book Carnival, “a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read and comment on each others’ posts.”
  • On my tbr list: Lara Vapnyar’s latest novel, Still Here. (See Adam Kirsch in Tablet for an preview.)
  • On Hevria: “Exile and Redemption,” a beautiful poem by Rachel Kann.
  • Someday, I am truly going to learn Hebrew. Annette Gendler’s experience is an inspiration.
  • Also inspiring: a Canadian Jewish News article about a book-publishing program for young campers with special needs.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    ElecLit
    Well—it’s something. There is that.

    Source: Editorial comment added to an essay that appeared on the Electric Literature website.

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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.

  • On Hevria: a terrific piece, “On Being an Older Single,” by Rochel Spangelthal. (I think the wisdom within applies to those of us singles considerably older than the author!)
  • Over on the Lilith blog: a gorgeous essay by Rachel Hall, “I Don’t Want My Daughter to Have My Holocaust Nightmares.”
  • Confession: Rebecca Sonkin’s “Chris Kraus and the K-Word” (Los Angeles Review of Books), is basically my introduction to Kraus’s work (and its treatment of Jews and Jewishness).
  • Beautiful poem by Stacey Zisook Robinson for the holiday of Tisha B’Av, which begins Saturday evening.
  • Another tribute to Elie Wiesel, this time from Francine Klagbrun, who focuses on Wiesel’s “soft spot for writers.” (via The Jewish Week)
  • As mentioned above, this weekend brings the holiday of Tisha B’Av; it’s my understanding that greetings are actually omitted on this day of mourning. But I can still wish you a Shabbat Shalom today!

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    Words of the Week

    “The false narrative about the Middle East, in which Palestinians are depicted as the moral equivalent of the victims of America’s Jim Crow era rather than a people who have repeatedly rejected peace and are dedicated to the eradication of Israel, is regarded by the left as accepted truth.”

    Source: Jonathan Tobin, “The Anti-Israel Left and the Dems” (Commentarymagazine.com)

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