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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.

  • Lots to admire (and mull over) in Rachel Kadish’s “What Elie Wiesel Taught Me About Being a Writer.”
  • Intriguing opportunity for emerging Jewish artists (including writers) to gather in Warsaw under the guidance of Asylum Arts and POLIN Museum of the History of the Polish Jews. Apply by October 24. No fees.
  • ICYMI when it appeared in the Practicing Writer newsletter, my recent Q&A with Rachel Hall, author of Heirlooms, is now preserved for posterity in my collection of author interviews.
  • Attention, young Canadians (ages 18-29). Here’s an essay contest for you, from the Canadian Jewish News. No entry fees. Cash prizes. Deadline: October 27, 2016.
  • Last, but maybe not least: my second piece on Literary Hub, contesting suggestions that Jewish writing is “over.”
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    “As such, tikkun olam has devolved today to mean anything that fits into the categories of community service or helping the underdog. The focus on universalism has led to stripping the word ‘mitzvah’ of any sense of divine obligation, and instead understands ‘mitzvot’ to mean, simply, “good deeds.” And, to me, most problematic of all, the teaching of tikkun olam as it has evolved over the last several decades places greater emphasis on valuing the global human community over caring for our fellow Jews and for the continuity of Judaism.”

    Source: Aaron Starr, “Time to Say Kaddish for ‘Tikkun Olam'” (Times of Israel)

    (I can imagine that this piece–which reads as though it may have been given as a Rosh Hashanah sermon– is going to elicit some major pushback.)

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Taking a bit of a breather, folks. This regularly-scheduled post will return next week!

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    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›

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    Sunday Sentence

     

     

    In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

    She was mostly mood and only a little bit person.

    Source: Andrew Martin’s short story “No Cops,” in The Paris Review.

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    Friday Finds for Writers

    Treasure Chest
    Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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