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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.

  • On the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s blog: an excerpt from Simon Schama’s The Story of the Jews.
  • A column by Rabbi Fishel Schachter inspires Rebecca Klempner to reflect on writing for children.
  • I’m always happy to find a new story by Etgar Keret. (Thanks, Tablet!)
  • The Forward‘s Arty Semite blog features “Eve and Lilith Back at the Garden,” a poem by Lynn Levin.
  • Next week brings the next Jewish Book Council/Jewcy Twitter Book Club. On Wednesday, April 2 at 1:30 pm ET, Jean Hanff Korelitz will be talking/tweeting about her newest book, You Should Have Known!
  • Shabbat shalom.

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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.

  • One of this week’s favorite reads: Roz Chast’s “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” in The New Yorker.
  • Just in time for Purim, Rebecca Klempner shares some literary lessons from the Book of Esther.
  • Superb profile of Molly Antopol by Sandee Brawarsky for The Jewish Week. (I’ve finally bought Antopol’s The UnAmericans–now I just need to find the time to read it!)
  • From the same source that brought us the PJ Library: “The Massachusetts-based Harold Grinspoon Foundation recently launched Maktabat al-Fanoos, Arabic for Lantern Library, which provides Arabic children’s books to Arab Israeli children in kindergarten and pre-K.”
  • I’m unfortunately not likely to make it to this event, but if you’re in New York, you may want to try to attend “Making it New: Contemporary Novelists and the Jewish Literary Tradition,” a program that will feature Jonathan Rosen, Tova Mirvis, and Josh Lambert ($10 admission fee).
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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.

  • Mazel tov to the winners and other honorees cited among this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Awards titles.
  • Harold Bloom really likes Peter Cole’s latest poetry book.
  • Nice interview with Janice Weizmann, editor of the Israel-based journal The Ilanot Review.
  • I no longer live in the Garden State, but I still consider New Jersey Jewish News my hometown Jewish newspaper; I’m intrigued by this profile of Peter Waldor, insurance executive & poet, and winner of the National Jewish Book Award in poetry.
  • And a little something from me: a piece about “Why I’m Going to See an ‘Anti-Israel’ Play,” published on The Forward’s “Arty Semite” blog this week.
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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.

  • Coming this weekend: the Global Day of Jewish Learning, which kicks off with a 7 pm (U.S. Eastern time) online conversation with author Dara Horn on Saturday night.
  • Rebecca Klempner interviews Ruchama King Feuerman.
  • The Jewish Week‘s fall literary guide is now online.
  • On Wednesday morning, The Times of Israel told me that a book published by Scholastic had omitted Israel from a map of the Middle East. I was glad to see Scholastic respond quickly.
  • A follow-up to my earlier post on “Kristallnacht in Poetry & Prose.”
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Application Alert: Great Jewish Books Summer Program

    logo-headerAn announcement from the Yiddish Book Center:

    Great Jewish Books Summer Program

    A week-long exploration of literature & culture for high school students
    at the Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA

    August 3-10, 2014

    The Great Jewish Books Summer Program brings together a select group of rising high school juniors and seniors to read, discuss, argue about, and fall in love with some of the most powerful and enduring works of modern Jewish literature. Participants study with respected literary scholars, meet prominent contemporary authors, and connect with other teens from across the country. One of last year’s participants writes: “I had an amazing time every single day and would go to bed feeling excited for the next day.” And a parent adds: “Our daughter’s experience was off-the-charts wonderful!” So tell the young person you know and love to apply now for summer 2014! (And note: Every admitted participant receives a scholarship for the full cost of tuition, room, board, books, and special events.)

    Applications are due March 15, 2014. For more information go to http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/ or email greatjewishbooks@bikher.org.

     

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