“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)
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).
Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
Shabbat Shalom and Shavuot Tov!
“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
“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)