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ICYMI: Video Recordings of Recent #JewLit Events

One of the wonders of our modern world: recordings of literary events that make it possible for us to “attend” readings, conversations, and seminars—no matter where we live or what time of day we might be able to watch them.

Here are just three events from the past week or so that I have viewed and recommend highly:

CONFESSIONS OF A HASIDIC POET
Yehoshua November interviewed by journalist Danielle Ziri of the Jerusalem Post (Manhattan Jewish Experience).

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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.

  • “Jewish Currents, a 72-year-old progressive Jewish magazine and small media company (‘Activist Politics & Art’), is seeking an associate editor, very full-time after part-time trial period.
  • The new (spring 2017) issue of Jewish Review of Books arrived in my mailbox this week (hello, Shabbat reading!). Some of the content is paywalled, but some pieces, including Sarah Rindner’s take on Yehoshua November’s poetry, are accessible to all.
  • And it seems as though the new issue of Lilith should be arriving soon, too. Meantime, I’m sneaking some peeks online (starting with a moving memoir excerpt by my friend Judy Labensohn).
  • I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this week has also brought a fresh newsletter issue from our team at Fig Tree Books. Check it out for a couple of Passover excerpts from Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year and some other fun stuff.
  • And there was a lovely surprise for me at the end of this week’s “Unorthodox” episode from Tablet magazine. As always, I encourage you to listen to the full episode. But if your curiosity is piqued, go to the 46:20 mark to hear what made me verklempt.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    Watch the entirety of “Jews in Dark Times with Bernard-Henri Lévy, Leon Wieseltier, Paul Berman, and Alana Newhouse,” if you can.

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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.

  • Mazal tov to Richard Chess on the publication of his latest poetry collection. I can’t wait to read Love Nailed to the Doorpost, which Rick recently discussed in this interview.
  • Not sure how I’ve missed this incredible online treasure, but TeachGreatJewishBooks.org is an amazing resource.
  • “This year, feminist Jewish magazine Lilith is celebrating 40 years in print. On March 26, there will be a celebration at Brandeis University, where Lilith’s archives of manuscripts, photographs, letters, cover art, notes, drafts, and much more can be viewed by the public. The celebration will feature a panel which will include Keshet Executive Director Idit Klein. The Sunday afternoon panel is free and open to the public with pre-registration.” More details/RSVP info available here.
  • News from Jerusalem: “Best-selling authors are coming to the Tower of David at the Jaffa Gate for a new series of literary events in English presented in cooperation with The Times of Israel.” (Thanks to @DevorahBlachor for the tip on this one.)
  • And here’s one more Jewish-lit event to share (and this one will be livestreamed): Abigail Pogrebin and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in conversation at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Monday evening, 7:30 pm (New York time).
  • Shabbat shalom, everyone.

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    Words of the Week

    “Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are intersectional challenges. The intersectional justice movement should be doing everything that it can to tackle those issues and to include Jews and Jewish institutions in its advocacy work. Linda Sarsour’s cringe-worthy words, however, are symptomatic of a larger problem within pro-justice movements in the United States.

    The intersectional discourse has empowered activists to form crucial coalitions, center severely marginalized voices, and establish united fronts against formidable enemies. Intersectional movements can generate great solidarity and progress. And yet, activists are allowing the value of these movements to be undermined by a handful of people determined to leverage these causes to promote hatred and exclusion.

    It is time to push back. It is time for intersectionality to include the Jews.”

    Source: Benjamin Gladstone, “It’s Time for Intersectionality to Include the Jews” (Tablet magazine)

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    The (Jewish) Plays Are the Thing

    Is it just me, or is it an especially rich time for Jewish theater at the moment? Especially here in New York?

    On Sunday, I had the great privilege of attending a performance of “Through the Darkness: The Story of Four People Who Outran the Holocaust.” Staged at The Workshop Theater, the play is the creation of Alan Breindel, a member of my home congregation. Continue reading ›

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