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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.

  • Some Israeli publishing data for 2015, courtesy of the country’s National Library.
  • “The Koffler Centre of the Arts is proud to announce a significant new literary award in Canada – the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature.” (Unfortunately, I’ve found out about this too late to help anyone for the current round–submissions closed in early June.)
  • If I can manage to sit through a three-hour play, it may well be this one. And I’m sorry to have to miss this one–which I’ve just learned about but won’t be able to catch during its brief engagement.
  • In this talk, novelist and literary scholar Dara Horn explores the role Hebrew can play in a living contemporary American Jewish culture, as she has experienced it as a reader and as an American writer. This lecture was part of the 2016 Stroum Lectures, ‘Hebrew and the Creative Imagination,’ hosted by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies of the University of Washington.”
  • And ICYMI: a note about a new essay of mine, on being a “3G” writer.
  • May it be a good and peaceful Shabbat for all. Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    “‘I only criticize Israel within Israel,’ he has said time and again, often expressing anger at those Diaspora Jews who have marginal Jewish affiliation and yet use the mantle of the Jewishness to add credibility to their criticism.”

    Source: Michael Berenbaum’s Forward tribute to Elie Wiesel 

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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.

  • Whatever happened to Hodel? We’ll soon learn one possible outcome for Tevye’s second daughter, via Alexandra Silber’s After Anatevka (as described in The New York Times).
  • Simone Zelitch writes about “How Philip Roth Predicted the Rise of Donald Trump” for the Forward.
  • Chaya Lester memorializes “Hallel, Of Blessed Memory…” on Hevria.
  • Some strong words from Cynthia Ozick in this Boris Kachka piece.
  • And a powerful essay by Carly Pildis—“I Am Woke: Why I Am Finally Raising My Voice Against Jewish Erasure in the Anti-Racism Movement”—on Tablet.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    “He was at heart a writer, and his words, including those in Moment‘s pages, have left an enduring and lasting impression on the world. He will be greatly missed.”

    Nadine Epstein, “Moment Mourns Cofounder Elie Wiesel”

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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.

  • Summer reading recommendations, collected by Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder from other rabbis. (I’ll admit that our team at Fig Tree Books is very happy to see Jessamyn Hope’s Safekeeping featured within.
  • Another list of recommended Summer Reads comes from the Detroit Jewish News. (Here, too, a Fig Tree title—this time, our-reissue of Edward Lewis Wallant’s The Pawnbroker—made the cut.)
  • Yes, there’s an emphasis on Fig Tree Books in this post! I can’t keep myself from mentioning the latest issue of the FTB newsletter. It contains several goodies, including a “cover reveal” for Abigail Pogrebin’s forthcoming My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, and the happy news of an award for Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line.
  • Just realized that I neglected to share the June Jewish Book Carnival in last week’s post; it’s hosted this month by The Whole Megillah.
  • “Of Cynthia Ozick Q & As there can surely never be enough, so after I just mentioned one it’s still good to see yet another, by Eric Farwell: A Story Made Purely of Feeling: The Millions Interviews Cynthia Ozick.” Amen, M.A. Orthofer. (I’ll be cross-posting this one on Practicing Writing.)
  • I’m heading out to a family Bar Mitzvah on the West Coast and will be away from the computer for a bit. Please excuse any delays in responding to comments. And Shabbat Shalom!

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    Words of the Week

    “It is dispiriting to find voices who otherwise support the freedom of expression speaking out to deny free expression to one country and one group of people. Despite constant existential pressure there is more freedom of expression in Israel than the majority of countries in the U.N. and more self-criticism than almost any other society on earth.”

    From “Boycotting Israeli Authors Is an Affront to Free Speech” by Rabbi David Wolpe (TIME)

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