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Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

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Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • For those of you in Israel: Check out this mini-conference on literary translation coming up at Bar Ilan University. (An email announcement that I received assures: “The conference is in English and is free of charge.”)
  • Reading through the January 2014 edition of the Generations of the Shoah International (GSI) newsletter this week, I realized that I might not yet have recommended this monthly e-publication for anyone wanting to follow events and publications relating to Holocaust commemoration and study. Or it has been a long time since I’ve done so.
  • On my tbr list: Claudia Roth Pierpont’s Roth Unbound. Especially after D.G. Myers’s review.
  • An intriguing post from Theater J, including student reflections on Motti Lerner’s play “The Admission.”
  • And in case you missed it: an all-too-brief preview of notable “Jewish books” coming in 2014.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week: University Statements Rejecting Academic Boycott of Israel

    Statements excerpted here.

    And institutions presented in alpha order here.

    See also: Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin on thanking these universities. I’ve been trying to so via Twitter. How about you?

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen


    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • On Tablet, author Alison Pick describes how Christmas helped her discover and ultimately reclaim her Jewish roots.
  • Another essay for the season, from Gary Shteyngart.
  • Rabbi Jack Riemer shares a list of some of the best Jewish books he “enjoyed and learned from this year.”
  • More from Matti Friedman re: “censorship” at Hillel.
  • ICYMI: my own year in Jewish books. And my year in Jewish plays.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    My Year in Jewish Plays

    As I continue to tiptoe around the possibility of writing plays myself–with a special interest in writing plays on Jewish subjects–I’ve been managing to get myself to the theater a little more often. Herewith, the “Jewish plays” I was lucky enough to see–in full production or in staged readings–in 2013.

  • “The Assembled Parties,” by Richard Greenberg
  • “The Law of Return,” by Martin Blank
  • “The Model Apartment,” by Donald Margulies
  • “Bad Jews,” by Josh Harmon
  • “Arafat in Therapy,” by Jeremie Bracka
  • “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” by Mark St. Germain
  • And you? Any encounters with the Jewish stage that you’d like to share from the year just ending?

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    Words of the Week: Matti Friedman

    tablet“‘Censorship’ is a word largely devoid of meaning, one trotted out for use because no one wants to support it, just like ‘openness’ is a word used because no one wants to oppose it. The fact is that not only do we tolerate censorship every day, we expect it. We censor racists, for example, and other views considered beyond the pale. The idea that the world’s only Jewish country should be dismantled and its people once again rendered homeless – that’s ‘anti-Zionism,’ however skillfully it cloaks itself – is a morally repugnant idea linked to other morally repugnant ideas better left unmentioned. Let’s leave aside the question of whether this should be discussed anywhere at all. For a Jewish community to decline to make room for this idea is as understandable and healthy as it would be for an African-American community to decline to devote an evening to debating the merits of the Klan.”

    Source: Matti Friedman, “In Praise of ‘Censorship’ at Hillel,” in Tablet

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