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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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    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.

  • Looking forward to reading the new issue of The Ilanot Review (theme: Migrations).
  • Ellis Shuman reviews New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, Shelly Oria’s short-story collection.
  • And over on the Well Versed blog, Gloria Kestenbaum discusses an anthology that I’m reading now, myself.
  • “70 Faces Media is hiring a razor-sharp editor with digital savvy and creative vision to help lead our JTA News team into the future.”
  • ICYMI: a brief post about Matthew Lippman’s new poetry collection, Salami Jew.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    From My Bookshelf–SALAMI JEW: Poems by Matthew Lippman

    e363e7_586acde21782474cb5404c36eeaa9e2a.jpg_srz_225_287_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzMatthew Lippman has played an important role in my own evolution as a poet who writes on Jewish themes, so when I received an announcement regarding a crowdfunding project connected with his latest poetry collection, I was happy to support the work. Now, the book—Salami Jew—has been published, and this week I had the pleasure of reading through my copy.

    A quick summary, taken from Matthew’s website:

    Matthew Lippman’s latest collection of poems, Salami Jew, is an extended rumination on one man’s relationship with Judaism. In these poems Lippman grapples with and explores the power of being a Jew under the umbrella of observance/non-observance. The tension between the secular and the religious is the driving force behind these introspective, witty, and fiery poems. Salami Jew pulls no punches and does it with sensitivity, honesty, and aplomb. These poems illustrate a man struggling with his identity as a Jew, with his place in the world as a Jew, and with what it means, on a daily basis, to feel the spirit move him in this highly complex world.

    Yes. This is as accurate a book description as you’re going to find. You can get a taste of the book from the title poem, which won an Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award. But you can also just go ahead and order your own copy. I think you’ll be glad you did.

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