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From My Bookshelf: Anita Diamant’s THE BOSTON GIRL

More often than not, when I’m looking for a birthday gift for my beloved mother, I choose a book. We celebrated Mom’s birthday last week, and this year, I chose for her Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl.

The novel crossed my radar last fall. My bibliophilic bff Deb read it and recommended it, enthusiastically. In December, I even went to hear Anita Diamant in conversation with Dara Horn at an event organized by Moment Magazine at The Jewish Museum (books were sold there, too). But I didn’t read the new novel until I was prodded by the inaugural “meeting” of the Jewish Women’s Archive Book Club, a new online gathering-place; you can find the archive of that discussion, which occurred on February 10, here. Continue reading ›

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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.

  • In “the first of a five-part series on growing anti-Semitism in the U.K.,” Tablet magazine presents Howard Jacobson, “the literary voice of British Jewry.”
  • Mazal tov to the winners and finalists for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature!
  • Barbara Krasner offers “7 Reasons Why a Writer Should Attend the Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference.”
  • Having recently read Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl, I thought Gloria Kestenbaum’s review for The Jewish Week‘s Well Versed blog was spot-on.
  • I’m only halfway through, but I already agree with my friend Rebecca Klempner, who pronounces this recorded interview with Dara Horn “required reading [watching?] for anyone interested in writing the Jewish experience.”
  • Shabbat shalom.

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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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    Photo credit: Joanna Dreifus

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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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