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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.

  • A new issue of JewishFiction.net.
  • My review of Aharon Appelfeld’s Suddenly, Love (trans. Jeffrey M. Green) for Jewish Journal.
  • Coming soon (on Sunday and Tuesday), courtesy of radio station WQXR: “A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman.”
  • Also for the holiday: “Five Passover Movies You’ll Love.”
  • And on a similar theme: The National Library of Israel has recently acquired what is thought to be one of the first Braille haggadot.
  • Shabbat shalom and Chag Pesach Sameach!

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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.

  • Via JewishFiction.Net: a Purim-related excerpt from the forthcoming translation (by Jeffrey M. Green) of Aharon Appelfeld’s Suddenly, Love.
  • Publishers Weekly interviews Boris Fishman, whose debut novel A Replacement Life I am looking forward to reading.
  • Not sure how long this discount will last, but you can currently register for The Whole Megillah Seminar on Jewish Story for $99.
  • Interesting story from Tablet on Halban, “the best little Jewish publishing house in London.”
  • New Moment magazine contest, “Become a Senior Critic,” invites book and movie reviews from those 70+. Prizes: publication & gift subscriptions. Enter by August 1.
  • Shabbat shalom & chag Purim!

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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).
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Coming Soon: TuBishVanya

    It doesn’t look as though my own #MakeItHappen idea is going to go through, but here’s an update about one funded project that caught my attention and may appeal to you as well. 

    Dear 24/6 Audience and Friends,

    As some of you may know, we’ve been working on an adaptation of Chekov’s Uncle Vanya combining it with a traditional Tu Bishvat seder. We’re thrilled to announce that we won the Schusterman Foundation’s Make It Happen micro-grant and will be premiering our Vanya at the JCC in Manhattan on Wednesday January 15th, 2013. To purchase tickets to the opening night performance go to: http://www.jccmanhattan.org/holidays?page=cat-content.

    Uncle Vanya will have three more subsequent performances:

  • Thursday January 16th, 2013 we will be performing at NYU – location and information to be announced soon.
  • Sunday January 19th and Monday January 20th, 2013, we will be performing at Manhattan Theatre Club Studios, 311 43rd Street 8th Floor. Sunday at 1:30 pm and Monday at  7:30pm. Tickets are $15 if you RSVP in advance, and $20 at the door. To rsvp email us at twentyfoursix@hotmail.com.
  • 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company has a lot of exciting work planned for 2014 and to ensure our work goes on, we ask for your help. [Support us] with a tax-deductible contribution either via  credit card at this link: https://www.thefield.org/Profile.aspx?SAID=2323 or for information how to contribute via check here: http://twentyfoursix.weebly.com/support-us.html.

    Every donation great and small helps. We thank you in advance!

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2014!

    Sincerely,
    Yoni Oppenheim
    Avi Soroka
    Co-Artistic Directors
    24/6: A Jewish Theater Company

    Uncle Vanya was made possible by a #MakeItHappen micro grant.#MakeItHappen is a global initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network. For more information, visit makeithappen.schusterman.org

    Reprinted w/permission

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    Jewish Book Carnival: September 2013

    My Machberet is proud to serve as September 2013 host for the Jewish Book Carnival, “a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read, and comment on each others’ posts.” The posts are hosted on a participant’s site on the 15th of each month.

    Herewith, this month’s goodies-which also mark the first Carnival of the new year 5774! Continue reading ›

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