Last June, I shared a short list of books I hoped to read over the summer. Bernard Malamud’s 1957 novel The Assistant was on that list, because, as I explained “I should have read it long ago.”
Alas, the summer ended without my meeting the goal. But there’s a good postscript: I did manage to read the book this past week.
It’s phenomenal. The edition I’d purchased happens to include an introduction by Jonathan Rosen, and that introduction drew me in from its first two paragraphs: Continue reading ›
“‘I was struck by how much at the conference could easily have happened at Harvard Hillel with no resistance whatsoever,’ Jonah Steinberg, Harvard Hillel’s rabbi and director, told JTA via email. ‘We only refuse to host programs, events, and speakers whose aim is to promote the severing of our essential connection with Israel, which is the destructive goal of the BDS movement.'”
–“After Rejecting BDS Ban, Open Hillel Holds First Conference,” by Batya Ungar-Sargon (JTA)
“Here are the ways in which technology can prevent you from being killed by Hamas:”
–“Two Minutes,” by Kevin Haworth (Proximity)
“What started with anti-Israel fliers moved to dirty looks, murmured insults and rising tensions in the Hillel Club’s shared office. It culminated last week in a ‘die-in’ in the school’s New Building on West 58th Street so hostile that some Hillel Club members feared they would be jumped as they left the school.”
–“‘Hostile Environment’ For John Jay Jewish Students,” by Amy Sara Clark (The Jewish Week)
“So, here are seven reasons why the Palestinian analogy to the Black historical struggle for freedom is hopelessly flawed (and down right offensive).”
“7 Reasons Why the Palestinian Crisis & the Black Struggle for Freedom Are Absolutely Nothing Alike,” by Dumisani Washington (The Times of Israel)
Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
Posted this week: the October Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere. This month’s carnival is hosted by Diana Bletter at The Best Chapter.
“The Best Books of 5774″–according to Judith Basya/heeb magazine.
News from my job at Fig Tree Books–this week brought our inaugural newsletter. Read it! Subscribe!
Tablet magazine is hiring.
On JewishFiction.Net: the story of Cain and Abel, told by their mother.
Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
Shabbat shalom and chag sameach!
“Like all people without land or roots, I am obsessed by my prehistory. And my prehistory is the troubled and shameful period of the Occupation. I always felt, for obscure familial reasons, that I was born of this nightmare.”
Source: 2014 Nobel Prize literature winner Patrick Modiano, quoted by Benjamin Ivry in The Forward
(I have “borrowed” the accompanying image from the New York Public Library. I hope they won’t mind!)
“The mechanics of good apologies aren’t difficult. The 12th-century sage Maimonides said that true repentance requires humility, remorse, forbearance , and reparation. Not much has changed since then. Basically, you have to take ownership of the offense, even if it makes you uncomfortable. Name your sin, even if it makes you squirm. Use the first person, and avoid passive voice (‘I’m sorry I kicked your Pomeranian,’ not ‘I’m sorry your dog got hurt,’ or worse, ‘I’m sorry it was impossible to ignore the incessant yapping of your undersocialized little hellbeast’). Acknowledge the impact of what you did. (‘My lateness was disrespectful of your time and inconvenienced you on what I know was a busy day.’) Be real, open and non-defensive. (‘What I said was moronic and mean, and I’m ashamed of myself.’) Offer a teeny bit of explanation if it’s relevant, but keep it short and—this is key—don’t use it as justification for your actions. (‘I was tired and crabby because I had to work late, but that’s no excuse for taking it out on you.’)”
Source: Marjorie Ingall, “How to Say You’re Sorry,” Tablet magazine