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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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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.

  • If summer’s coming, so is the Scribblers on the Roof reading series at Ansche Chesed on New York’s Upper West Side. There’s another great line-up this year, kicking off with authors Ben Nadler (The Sea Beach Line) and Amy Gottlieb (The Beautiful Possible) on June 27.
  • Speaking of summer and books—check out this #JewishSummerReading challenge, organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries.
  • “Jewish History,” a memorable selection from Australian-born Abigail Ulman’s new story collection (Hot Little Hands), appeared on Literary Hub this week.
  • And “Imprints,” a poem by Janet Kirchheimer, appeared with Bearings Online.
  • “The Forward seeks an aspiring journalist, opinion writer or blogger for a paid fellowship on its opinion team.”
  • Shabbat shalom!

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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.

  • A special #ShortStoryMonth post over on the Fig Tree Books blog.
  • The PJ Library (Los Angeles) is looking for several part-time Community Connectors.
  • Your vote is welcome this year in judging the American Jewish Press Association’s Rockower Awards.
  • Mazal tov to these Los Angeles-area artists and writers–and all best wishes as they pursue their fascinating projects.
  • Finally, this week brought the latest Jewish Book Carnival for everyone to enjoy.
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    Words of the Week

    “Jewish students who oppose Israel’s right to exist are welcome into Hillel’s space to practice their Judaism. Anti-Zionist students are welcome at conversations hosted by BSI, which are always open and advertised to the public. They are also free to express their anti-Zionism in history classes, university programs, existing student groups and public spaces on campus in ways that Zionist students, even those of us who are frequently critical of the policies of the current Israeli government, often are not. But Hillel does not have a responsibility to bring into our space programming that seeks the reversal of our national liberation and equality movement.”

    Source: Benjamin Gladstone and Jared Samilow, “Jewish Anti-Zionism Does Not Deserve a Home in Hillel—at Brown or Anywhere Else” (Forward)

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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.

  • “As a parent and a rabbi I think a lot about history and the impact of personal narrative.” So begins a lovely blog post by Lisa Greene.
  • Speaking of personal narrative–B.J. Woodstein shares some disturbing anti-Semitic experiences in her contribution to Kveller’s ongoing “Why Be Jewish?” essay series.
  • “Writing makes me realize that I’m Jewish in a way that living doesn’t.” From Sara Lippmann’s interview with debut author Rebecca Schiff.
  • Yesterday, Yom HaAtzmaut, was a good day to revisit a pivotal scene from Jessamyn Hope’s Safekeeping.
  • And I’m proud to report that Jewish Journal has just re-published a poem of mine.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    I’m going to break a bit with the usual format of these “Words of the Week” posts.

    A couple of weeks ago, the wonderful 24/6: Jewish Theater Twitter feed alerted me to an amazing online offering: a full video of the recent Signature Theatre production of Arthur Miller’s play Incident at Vichy, presented via WNET-THIRTEEN’s Theater Close-Up series. I was lucky to catch a performance of the play here in New York a few months ago. It was excellent, and I recommend that you take this opportunity to see it for yourself from the comfort of your own screen.

    As WNET has noted of this production: Continue reading ›

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