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“The voices of Jews and others whose positions are rooted in the right of Israel to exist as a state have been silenced. Following my remarks at the BDS round table, there was just one comment from the audience validating some of my points, but I received many private expressions of support and appreciation for my ‘courage.’ Several people told me it would be damaging to their careers to openly express opposition to the resolution.”

Source: Janet L. Freedman, “For the Women’s Studies Association, the BDS Vote Was Over Before It Began” (Forward)

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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.

  • Author David Grossman is giving his personal archive to the National Library of Israel.
  • Tikkun magazine is looking for a Managing Editor.
  • Author Yona Zeldis McDonough reflects on “writing Jewishly.”
  • “For me, the Holocaust is a constant subtext of the poems.” This and other insights from poet Adam Kirsch in a Q&A focused on his new collection.
  • And in case you missed it: presenting the latest newsletter from Fig Tree Books.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    I’m quite sure I no longer have the luxury of laughing off those who find anti-Semitism everywhere as misfits bringing the attitude on themselves, or about something not relevant to my life.

    Source: Beth Kissileff, “Anti-Semitism and Me” (The Jewish Week)

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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 week brought the November Jewish Book Carnival. Check out the many outstanding offerings.
  • I’ve enjoyed reading 614, an e-zine from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, these past several years. I’m sorry that the new issue will be its last.
  • On my reading agenda this weekend: new fiction from Mitch Ginsburg, via Tablet.
  • I found a lot of valid points in Andrew Silow-Carroll’s column on Adam Sandler’s “Chanukah Song.”
  • And if you’re job-hunting, J Media Global (Los Angeles) is looking for a Website Editor.
  • 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.

    • On the Forward site: Katherine Locke recommends “7 YA and Romance Novels for Jewish Book Month.” (The headline is a little misleading–for instance, the list includes Molly Antopol‘s The UnAmericans. And picture books. But. Still.)
    • Big week at the day job: Fig Tree Books officially published a new edition of Edward Lewis Wallant’s classic novel The Pawnbroker. And Literary Hub published the accompanying new foreword by Dara Horn.
    • If you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably already realized that I’m a devotee of Tablet‘s Unorthodox podcast. This week’s episode includes a “sneak preview” of Tablet‘s “about-to-drop” print magazine (which, of course, I’ve already subscribed to).
    • Quick notes for those of you interested in reading new Jewish poetry on a regular basis. I think I’ve already pointed you to the Haaretz Poem of the Week feature. Also worth checking out: poetry published in Jewish Journal.
    • And though I don’t plan to order a print for my own apartment’s walls, I did chuckle when I saw this cartoon in this week’s New Yorker.

    Shabbat Shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    Where once he had told me about the Jewish ritual practice of the bar mitzvah, he was largely MIA as I studied for mine. My mother toiled with all the financial and logistical preparations. Ultimately, he snuck into the synagogue and heard me daven. But he quietly absented himself from the party.

    Source: Seth Gitell, “America’s Best: Raised By A Green Beret With PTSD” (HuffPost)

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