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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.

  • As usual, the November issue of the Generations of the Shoah International (GSI) newsletter has lots of book events listed.
  • Over on the Fig Tree Books blog, we’re celebrating the talents of Dara Horn.
  • We’ve all been thinking of Yitzhak Rabin this week; Matti Friedman has written about Dan Ephron’s book on the assassination.
  • Jewish Book Month starts today–check out my recent blog post on poetry titles I’m hoping to read asap.
  • And if fiction’s more your thing, Rachel Kamin and Library Journal have you covered.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    From My Bookshelf: Poetry for Jewish Book Month

    As you may already know, tomorrow brings the beginning of the 90th year of Jewish Book Month. And in anticipation, I’m sharing a few poetry titles that are on my tbr list.

    But first, a quick look back on my latest read: Inspired by sample poems written by Dan Pagis (1930-1986) about the biblical characters Adam/Eve/Cain/Abel—poems distributed by instructor Amy Gottlieb in a class I’m taking at the Drisha Institute—I spent a chunk of last weekend reading Variable Directions, a full collection of Pagis’s work translated by Stephen Mitchell. And I’m very glad that I did.

    Now that I’ve returned Variable Directions to the library, here are three additional poetry titles awaiting my attention.

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    Words of the Week

    “Who would have thought that the killer would be a Jew? Even with all the demonstrations, it never entered our minds.”

    Source: Leah Rabin, quoted in a profile written by Lisa Barr, reprinted this week by 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.

  • Love this new #Readukkah project from the Association of Jewish Libraries.
  • This poem on Hevria by Dassi Leggett is one of the best things I’ve read this week. Make that one of the best things I’ve ever read.
  • While we’re on the topic of poems–one of mine was published on the Haaretz site this week. Background here.
  • Over on JTA, Victor Wishna shares “9 Best Jewish Books of the Season” (as part of the Fig Tree Books team, I’m thrilled to see both of our fall titles made the cut!).
  • And speaking of Fig Tree Books: Our latest newsletter went out yesterday. It’s never too late to subscribe!
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    “It is the job of those who care for Israel to understand what it means to us: a political entity torn up by its own internal contradictions and let down by its leaders; a vulnerable state surrounded by enemies and buffeted by religious fanaticism; or merely a home for Jews, young and old, for whom a bus ride to school or a walk to the market should not be a life or death proposition.”

    Source: Andrew Silow-Carroll, “Zionist Whiplash” (New Jersey Jewish News)

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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.

  • Another gem from Rebecca Klempner: “10 Ways to Use Your Writing to Add More Lovingkindness to the World.”
  • On my tbr list: Elliot Jager’s The Pater: My Father, My Judaism, My Childlessness, spotlighted recently by Varda Epstein.
  • Meet Aaron Samuels: “young, poetic and black—and Jewish.” (Talya Zax for The Forward)
  • A hearty mazal tov to Lilith magazine’s editor-in-chief Susan Weidman Schneider, who will receive a major award at Brandeis University (her alma mater) this weekend.
  • And if you haven’t seen them yet, here are some photos that I took at the Sunday launch of Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line (Fig Tree Books) at BookCourt in Brooklyn.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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