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Words of the Week

Ah, when a pro-BDS* academic reviews Jonathan Safran Foer’s new novel for a literary website! Such…interesting…historical/political perspectives can result.

As it happens, the site posted another review of the same title on the same day—this one, by an author who actually focused on the book. Imagine that.

(*I don’t want to link to evidence about the reviewer’s pro-boycott position, because I don’t need the nuisance of a pingback. But you don’t really need me to do it: Google is our friend, friends.)

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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.

  • News about the next annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries.
  • Enjoyed learning about the Jewish Arts Collaborative via Jewish Boston’s podcast this week.
  • Good news for Limmud fans–a North American hub is in the works.
  • Northwestern University Press is looking for an acquisitions editor: “Areas of acquisition include, with some flexibility, philosophy, literary criticism, Jewish studies, and regional trade.”
  • And over on the Fig Tree Books blog, I’ve provided a new installment in a series spotlighting past winners of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    “Though they will hear its rhetoric and see its demonstrations, few students will ever visit the BDS website, where one learns that the movement is avowedly part of the Palestinian national struggle against the very existence of the State of Israel. BDS materials say nary a word about the partial responsibility of the corrupt Palestinian government in the West Bank or the murderous Hamas regime in Gaza for the failure of the peace process thus far. One hears a great deal from BDS and affiliated groups like Jewish Voice for Peace about Jewish and Israeli culpability — but nothing about mistakes made on the Palestinian side, oppression committed by it, the blatant anti-Semitism built into its policies and publications. BDS is silent about the many countries that are guilty of abuses far worse than those charged to Israel.”

    Source: Arnold M. Eisen (via JTA)

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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.

  • People are talking about The Secret Book of Kings, the fifth of Yochi Brandes’s six novels, which is now available in English translation (by Yardenne Greenspan). Check out Israel in Translation’s spotlight.
  • TBR: special section in the new issue of Words Without Borders on Yiddish literature (curated and introduced by Sebastian Schulman).
  • My bookshelves will never forgive (or even accommodate) me if I bring in piles of new tomes, but if YOU have space for more books—and can spare the $25 for admission—check out the upcoming “Raid the Shelves” event hosted by the Jewish Book Council here in New York (and let me know what you bring home!).
  • Among this week’s many tribute to the late, great Gene Wilder, I recommend Tablet magazine’s re-publication of Abigail Pogrebin’s profile.
  • And be sure to check out the latest newsletter from Fig Tree Books, publishing the best fiction and nonfiction on American Jewish experience.
  • 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.

  • “My Grandfather, the French Resistance Fighter”—another stunner of an essay by my friend Rachel Hall, ahead of the publication of her book Heirlooms.
  • Haaretz has its fans and its detractors–and was the subject of this instructive segment on last week’s episode of “The Promised Podcast.”
  • “New Voices — the only national magazine written by and for Jewish college students — is looking to hire for the full-time position of editor-in-chief.”
  • Via Reboot, a new batch of Six-Word Jewish Memoirs (with a focus on Jewish leadership).
  • Finally, there are a number of Jewish-lit items in my own “midweek update” over on the Practicing Writing blog.
  • Shabbat shalom, everyone.

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    From My Bookshelf

    Sulak_GidaliLast week I had the great pleasure of attending a celebration in honor of Marcela Sulak and her new translation, Twenty Girls to Envy Me: Selected Poems of Orit Gidali (University of Texas Press). Sulak is another writer I’ve become acquainted with online. She is the author of three collections of poetry and three earlier book-length translations. She directs the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar Ilan University, where she is an associate professor of English. She also hosts the weekly “Israel in Translation” podcast on TLV1 FM, which you’ll see listed on the My Machberet blogroll.

    The evening gathering in New York was absolutely lovely. And I was able to purchase a copy of the new book, which I greedily read this weekend. Continue reading ›

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