“One thing is certain: Rabin could not have made peace by himself. It takes two sides to conclude a genuine peace agreement, and I am dubious that the Palestinians are up to the task. But I am also confident that Rabin would not have let Israel become a binational state. Whether Israel will have the political leadership to prevent that outcome is something that only time will tell.”
Source: Dennis Ross, “A Life with Consequences” (review of Itamar Rabinovich’s Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman), Jewish Review of Books
One of the wonders of our modern world: recordings of literary events that make it possible for us to “attend” readings, conversations, and seminars—no matter where we live or what time of day we might be able to watch them.
Here are just three events from the past week or so that I have viewed and recommend highly:
CONFESSIONS OF A HASIDIC POET
Yehoshua November interviewed by journalist Danielle Ziri of the Jerusalem Post (Manhattan Jewish Experience).
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Watch the entirety of “Jews in Dark Times with Bernard-Henri Lévy, Leon Wieseltier, Paul Berman, and Alana Newhouse,” if you can.
Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
Mazal tov to Richard Chess on the publication of his latest poetry collection. I can’t wait to read Love Nailed to the Doorpost, which Rick recently discussed in this interview.
Not sure how I’ve missed this incredible online treasure, but TeachGreatJewishBooks.org is an amazing resource.
“This year, feminist Jewish magazine Lilith is celebrating 40 years in print. On March 26, there will be a celebration at Brandeis University, where Lilith’s archives of manuscripts, photographs, letters, cover art, notes, drafts, and much more can be viewed by the public. The celebration will feature a panel which will include Keshet Executive Director Idit Klein. The Sunday afternoon panel is free and open to the public with pre-registration.” More details/RSVP info available here.
News from Jerusalem: “Best-selling authors are coming to the Tower of David at the Jaffa Gate for a new series of literary events in English presented in cooperation with The Times of Israel.” (Thanks to @DevorahBlachor for the tip on this one.)
And here’s one more Jewish-lit event to share (and this one will be livestreamed): Abigail Pogrebin and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in conversation at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Monday evening, 7:30 pm (New York time).
Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
Shabbat shalom, everyone.
“Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are intersectional challenges. The intersectional justice movement should be doing everything that it can to tackle those issues and to include Jews and Jewish institutions in its advocacy work. Linda Sarsour’s cringe-worthy words, however, are symptomatic of a larger problem within pro-justice movements in the United States.
The intersectional discourse has empowered activists to form crucial coalitions, center severely marginalized voices, and establish united fronts against formidable enemies. Intersectional movements can generate great solidarity and progress. And yet, activists are allowing the value of these movements to be undermined by a handful of people determined to leverage these causes to promote hatred and exclusion.
It is time to push back. It is time for intersectionality to include the Jews.”
Source: Benjamin Gladstone, “It’s Time for Intersectionality to Include the Jews” (Tablet magazine)