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Words of the Week

I had the privilege of hearing these words expressed “live,” but am grateful to JTA for covering Thursday’s event in Manhattan and providing the quotations:

“‘How many graves would we tolerate?’ he said. ‘Ten? Twenty? We cannot accept any amount of crime.'”— Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia of France

“‘The reason I went to Paris was because we as Americans have some responsibility here to say to our European brothers and sisters,’ he said, ‘that indifference only leads us down a very dangerous path. No one Jewish living in Europe should have to beg for protection.'”— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

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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.

  • This week brought us the February Jewish Book Carnival. Check out the news, reviews, and interviews therein.
  • Digital-media fellowship available with Moment magazine.
  • Job announcement seeking a PJ Library Coordinator in Boston. (This is a part-time position.)
  • I really need to set aside some time to catch up on the “Israel in Translation” archives.
  • Appreciation to Marjorie Ingall for acknowledging (on Tablet) the great job Kveller has done (and continues to do) spotlighting the experiences of Jewish families that include children with disabilities.
  • 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.

  • The Jewish Week‘s Gary Rosenblatt shares observations on “Jewish America” as gleaned through the prism of his cross-country book tour.
  • I greatly admired Gail Hareven’s The Confessions of Noa Weber (trans. Dalya Bilu); Adam Kirsch’s review of Hareven’s newly translated Lies, First Person, has me eager to read more.
  • Earlier this week, The Whole Megillah’s Barbara Krasner was kind enough to post an interview with me.
  • The March/April 2015 issue of Poets & Writers spotlights Fig Tree Books, the Jewish fiction-focused publishing company where I work.
  • And Fig Tree also receives some generous attention in The Jewish Week‘s spring books preview.
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    Words of the Week

    “There’s no reason to spoil The Narrative, the great story of a benighted Israel governed by hard and bad men and growing increasingly intransigent and soulless and mean—as evidenced by their opposition to Obama’s attempts to reach a mutually-beneficial nuclear deal with Iran. When it comes to Israel, it’s the only story the Times knows how to tell, even when the facts get in the way. For that, we’ll always have The Correction.”
    –Liel Leibovitz, “The Correction” (Tablet)

    But. Also.

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Lit 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.

  • Mitch Ginsburg profiles Dalia Betolin-Sherman on the occasion of the publication of the Ethiopian-born Israeli writer’s first story in English.
  • Mazal tov to the winner and honorable mentions for this year’s ALA/Sophie Brody Medal for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature.
  • On the Fig Tree Books website: a fresh appraisal of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Shosha.
  • Some of the most moving moments of this past week for me: watching “Defiant Requiem,” a documentary “which illuminates the extraordinary, untold story of the brave acts of resistance by the Jewish prisoners at Terezín.” Let’s just say that although I’ve always loved Verdi’s Requiem, I’ll never listen to it in quite the same way again.
  • “The Jewish Student Press Service is looking to hire a recent or soon-to-be college graduate for the full-time position of editor-in-chief of the national Jewish student magazine New Voices. The new editor would simultaneously serve as executive director of the Jewish Student Press Service.”
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    Shavit_Ari“We have a decade.”

    Usually, I use these “words of the week” posts to point you to something I’ve found especially resonant or urgent in the press regarding Israel or another aspect of Jewish life. Almost always, I point you to something that you can read for yourself online.

    But this week, I’m doing something different. And here’s why. Continue reading ›

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