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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.

  • Possibly my favorite HevriaCast episode thus far: Elad Nehorai in conversation with guest Amy Guterson, the founder and director of Tzohar, a Hasidic seminary for the arts.
  • “How Jewish Tradition Makes Its Way Into My Epic Fantasy Books”: interesting post by Noah Beit-Aharon on ReformJudaism.org.
  • “This past week I was fortunate to hear four gifted, articulate writers — two American and two North American-born who made aliyah many years ago. They described how, through their work, they grapple with their relationship with Israel, and how the complexities of the Israel-diaspora relationship — a reality made more urgent as the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War nears —are reflected in their writing.” Read Gary Rosenblatt’s reflections after events that featured Bret Stephens, Yossi Klein Halevi, Matti Friedman, and Nicole Krauss.
  • Speaking of the anniversary of the Six-Day War: I have a poem that would be timely for publication in conjunction with that anniversary. Please contact me if you’re an editor who’d like to consider it.
  • And speaking of poems: Did you know about the one that argued against Norway’s constitutional ban on Jews? I didn’t—until I read about it on Tablet.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Some writing-related highlights of the past week:

  • Catching up with other subscribers and contributors to Lilith at an evening gathering the magazine hosted in New York.
  • Being interviewed for a podcast for the very first time! And having that podcast be HevriaCast, which means that I got to meet Elad Nehorai “in real life” for the very first time, too.
  • Attending a terrific program that featured authors Matti Friedman and Nicole Krauss in conversation (and that evidently provided audiences the first opportunity to hear Krauss read publicly from her forthcoming novel).
  • Receiving an acceptance for a poem that will be published in time for the annual reading of the Torah portion Naso (early June). This is especially nice because of course, the week also brought some typical rejections. Stay tuned: I’ll share the poem when it’s available.
  • Two good reads: Dorit Rabinyan’s All the Rivers (trans. Jessica Cohen) and Richard Chess’s latest poetry collection, Love Nailed to the Doorpost.
  • More next time!

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    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying listings of competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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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.”

    My mother and the other Muriels and friends with other names we rarely hear anymore, like Bernice and Mildred, were also, in their own way, the Greatest.

    Source: Sandee Brawarsky, “Into the Fold: A Mother’s Grace” (The Jewish Week)

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    Friday Finds for Writers


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

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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.

  • Terrific tribute to Herman Wouk—who just turned 102—from Jeff Jacoby.
  • A beautiful piece for a Friday: “Marking God’s Time in Our Muslim and Orthodox Jewish Families,” by Saadia Faruqi and Shoshana Kordova, for Catapult.
  • A gift from across the pond: London’s Jewish Book Week festival archive.
  • ICYMI: big announcement about my work at Fig Tree Books over on my other blog.
  • “The Yiddish Book Center is accepting applications for a yearlong fellowship in development and fundraising. Fellows will gain hands-on, paid experience and professional training. The goal of the fellowship is to mentor the next generation of fundraising professionals interested in working in the Jewish cultural space.” Apply by July 1.
  • Shabbat shalom, everyone. And chag sameach.

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