Like many of you, I’ve been spending a lot of time following the horrible news from Mumbai.
Sometimes when these awful incidents occur, it almost begins to seem that all the accounts from witnesses and survivors are blending together. But when a CNN broadcaster interviewed Jonathan Ehrlich earlier today, something was different.
From the safety of Vancouver, Ehrlich told CNN about his frightening experience in Mumbai, where he was staying at the Oberoi hotel.
Ehrlich said he feels even more blessed now than he did before–he’s got a good life, and he’s always recognized that, and now he feels even luckier. Among his thoughts, when talking about how fortunate he is to have escaped from the terrorists in his hotel: “First of all, I’m Jewish, and if they knew I was Jewish, I’d be dead….”
Which led the interviewer to bring up the targeting of the Chabad House and ask Ehrlich how it feels to be part of a group of people “that was purposely targeted.”
“The sad truth of it is is that Jews are a target everywhere because of who they are,” Ehrlich said. But, he added that “We’re tough, we can take it,” and we will go on.
Oseh shalom bimromav, Hu ya’ase shalom aleinu v’al kol Yisrael, v’imru amein. (May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved. And let us say, Amen.)
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This just in from 614, the ezine of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, and its editor, Michelle Cove:
“For our 2nd annual issue on Jewish books, we wanted to find young Jewish women who were writing about themes we haven’t seen dozens of times. This is why you’ll find mention in this issue of cowboys, Madame Bovary, a modern day Jewish heiress, a 12-year-old Iranian, Jewish spies, and a heroic German baker. Rather than post book reviews, we talked to the authors behind these stories and asked them about the inspirations for their books, and also what they think about today’s Jewish fiction in general. Meet Joanna Hershon, Tova Mirvis, Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Dara Horn, Jenna Blum, and Gina Nahai.”
Intrigued? Read on, here.
In addition to its excellent content, the latest issue of Moment magazine announces two particularly interesting (and free) events.
First, on December 9, Moment will celebrate the most recent winners of the Moment-Karma Short Fiction Contest. Geraldine Brooks, who judged this year’s contest, will also participate. This event will take place in New York City; for more information, click here. (By the way, the deadline for the next competition is coming up on December 1. For details, click here.)
And on Monday, December 22, Moment and the Foundation for Jewish Culture will present this year’s Emerging Writer Awards “to showcase talented writers who have published at least one book, but have not yet received widespread recognition.” This year’s winner of the Goldberg Prize for Fiction is Anya Ulinich for Petropolis; the Handelsman Prize for Non-fiction is Harry Bernstein for The Invisible Wall. The awards presentation and reception will take place in Washington, DC. Click here for details.
The November-December issue Moment magazine (“The Book Issue”) arrived last week, and it contains some terrific content. Here’s a quick guide to some highlights:
1) A profile of comedian Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz)
2) Reading recommendations (classic and contemporary Jewish books) from nine Nobel laureates. Plus: more suggestions from rabbis.
3) The top three stories submitted to the most recent Moment-Karma Short Fiction Award competition.
4) A poem by Myra Sklarew
5) And an online bonus: a book club guide to Philip Roth’s Goodbye Columbus and Other Stories.