Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
“He was at heart a writer, and his words, including those in Moment‘s pages, have left an enduring and lasting impression on the world. He will be greatly missed.”
Nadine Epstein, “Moment Mourns Cofounder Elie Wiesel”
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!
“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)
Shabbat shalom, all!
“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)