Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
Shabbat shalom and best wishes for a joyous Hanukkah!
When the news came from Israel today of the passing of Arik Einstein, I didn’t understand the magnitude of the loss. I didn’t know that Einstein was “Israel’s Sinatra,” as I read via The Times of Israel. I didn’t even know that Einstein was the source of one of the most beautiful Hebrew songs I know, “Ani v’Ata.”
Listen to the song below. The lyrics are available here.
Some months ago, I was granted access to a digital galley of Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. As soon as I heard that the book had won the inaugural Natan Book Award (the committee for which included my idol Jeffrey Goldberg), the book went straight to the top of my TBR list. I knew that it was going to be pretty impressive.
And it was. But I didn’t feel sufficiently qualified to write about it. So I didn’t seek a reviewing assignment before the book’s official release this month.
But I am continuing to be impressed–and educated–as I listen to Shavit’s radio interviews and read reviews of the book. Continue reading ›