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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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

  • Summer reading recommendations, collected by Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder from other rabbis. (I’ll admit that our team at Fig Tree Books is very happy to see Jessamyn Hope’s Safekeeping featured within.
  • Another list of recommended Summer Reads comes from the Detroit Jewish News. (Here, too, a Fig Tree title—this time, our-reissue of Edward Lewis Wallant’s The Pawnbroker—made the cut.)
  • Yes, there’s an emphasis on Fig Tree Books in this post! I can’t keep myself from mentioning the latest issue of the FTB newsletter. It contains several goodies, including a “cover reveal” for Abigail Pogrebin’s forthcoming My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, and the happy news of an award for Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line.
  • Just realized that I neglected to share the June Jewish Book Carnival in last week’s post; it’s hosted this month by The Whole Megillah.
  • “Of Cynthia Ozick Q & As there can surely never be enough, so after I just mentioned one it’s still good to see yet another, by Eric Farwell: A Story Made Purely of Feeling: The Millions Interviews Cynthia Ozick.” Amen, M.A. Orthofer. (I’ll be cross-posting this one on Practicing Writing.)
  • I’m heading out to a family Bar Mitzvah on the West Coast and will be away from the computer for a bit. Please excuse any delays in responding to comments. And Shabbat Shalom!

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    Words of the Week

    “It is dispiriting to find voices who otherwise support the freedom of expression speaking out to deny free expression to one country and one group of people. Despite constant existential pressure there is more freedom of expression in Israel than the majority of countries in the U.N. and more self-criticism than almost any other society on earth.”

    From “Boycotting Israeli Authors Is an Affront to Free Speech” by Rabbi David Wolpe (TIME)

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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.

  • Terrific profile of Cynthia Ozick—whose 18th book is about to be published—in The New York Times Magazine.
  • A beautiful essay “on what a dying language leaves behind” (the dying language in this case being Ladino), by Rachel Hall. (Bonus: a radio broadcast in which Rachel discusses her forthcoming book of short fiction.)
  • Reminder: The June 30 deadline for Moment magazine’s editorial fellowship is approaching.
  • In this week’s mail: the latest issue of the Jewish Review of Books (some content can be accessed online).
  • And for those of us who missed the latest conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries, the #AJLCon16 hashtag provides some highlights.
  • Shabbat shalom, all!

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    Words of the Week

    “I recognize high-quality, handcrafted Jew-hatred when I see it, and the far-right, which has lately been gaining attention for supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy for president (and for trolling Jews such as yours truly), is so over-the-top obvious in its deployment of anti-Semitic memes; so uncreative in the manufacturing of Judeophobic tropes (call this the banality of oven jokes); so bad at Photoshop; and so awful at spelling, that I find them as pathetic as I find them offensive.”

    Source: Jeffrey Goldberg, “A Brief Introduction to Pro-Holocaust Twitter” (TheAtlantic.om)

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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.

  • Over on The New Yorker‘s website, Jonathan Safran Foer discusses “Maybe It Was the Distance,” a piece—drawn from his forthcoming novel—that appears in the magazine’s current, fiction-focused issue.
  • On Christi Craig’s blog: a terrific new Q&A with Jessamyn Hope (plus an opportunity to win a giveaway copy of Safekeeping, Hope’s debut novel).
  • Mazal tov to Israeli author Etgar Keret on being named the latest recipient of the Charles Bronfman Prize.
  • Aleph Beta is looking for a Writer and Editor of Torah Content. “This is a full time job located in Hewlett, NY with the possibility of telecommuting.”
  • And just in time for #Shavuot: a suite of poems on Tablet (and one more on the Forward‘s Sisterhood blog).
  • Shabbat Shalom and Shavuot Tov!

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    Words of the Week

    “Centrists are committed to an Israel that is alert to both security and morality; at once Jewish and democratic, the state of the Jewish people and the state of all its citizens; modern and traditional, a secular state in a holy land. Indeed centrists embrace those paradoxes as the defining elements of our peoplehood and the animating force of Israeliness, transforming Israel into a laboratory for humanity’s challenges in the 21st century.”

    Source: Yossi Klein Halevi’s keynote address at the 2016 AJC Global Forum, as re-published via The Times of Israel

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