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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.

  • I love Sandee Brawarsky’s recent Jewish Week profile of poet Yehoshua November and his work; I was especially happy to read the piece just a few days before attending a Jewish Book Council “salon” that featured November and other honorees for this year’s National Jewish Book Award in Poetry (now the Berru Award in Memory of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash). Do read to the end of Brawarsky’s profile for news on upcoming appearances where you can watch/hear November present his poetry.
  • It’s almost Purim! Check out this timely excerpt (on the Tablet website) from Abigail Pogrebin’s soon-to-be-published My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew.
  • Speaking of Abby Pogrebin’s new book—you still have a few days left to enter this final pre-publication giveaway.
  • There’s much to inspire in this brief Hadassah magazine news item on a Bar Mitzvah boy’s efforts to bring books to kids in rural Africa.
  • Last, but by no means least: “Lilith Magazine invites submissions of quality short fiction, 3,000 words or under, for our Annual Fiction Contest. When selecting what you’ll submit, please remember our tagline. The magazine proudly spotlights both emerging and established writers. Winner receives $250 + publication. Deadline: 9/30/17.” No fee to enter. Details/submission instructions here.
  • Shabbat shalom and chag sameach!

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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. Since we’ll be taking a blog hiatus for the “rest of the year,” this is the final batch for 2016. See you again in January!

  • ICYMI: check out my dispatch from this year’s Hadassah magazine/Harold U. Ribalow Prize ceremony.
  • Speaking of prizes: Mazal tov to Ayelet Tsabari and Amy Gottlieb, who have been named winner and runner-up (for their respective works The Best Place on Earth and The Beautiful Possible) for the 2016 Edward Lewis Wallant Award.
  • On Hevria: writing advice from Matthue Roth.
  • Better late than never: I should have shared Judy Bolton-Fasman’s poignant essay “Memories of Cuba Past” several weeks ago.
  • And I’ll leave you with this Hanukkah poem for our times.
  • Shabbat shalom, chag sameach, and all good things until we meet again!

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    A Hanukkah Poem

    Giorgione’s “Judith”

     

    Rightful Places (A Poem for Hanukkah 5777/2016)

    By Erika Dreifus

    When, today, a woman’s right
    to wear a prayer shawl
    or read from the Torah
    or blow a shofar at the Kotel
    is actually the focus of a bill submitted to the Knesset,
    who can be surprised
    that Judith’s story
    is excluded from the Tanakh?

    For if Judith—
    brave,
    articulate,
    smart,
    powerful,
    pious,
    latter-day
    Hanukkah heroine

    Judith—
    had been granted admission
    to those holy pages,
    how on earth,
    all these centuries later,
    could anyone possibly justify
    denying her daughters
    our own rightful place?

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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.

  • Coming this weekend in The New York Times Magazine: a poem by Yehoshua November (online now).
  • I love Zhanna Slor’s essays about her family and immigration history. Here’s a newly published piece, “They Used to Call Me Kolya.
  • Yizkor-related rabbinical thoughts, from David Wolpe and Lisa S. Greene.
  • Now available: the October Jewish Book Carnival.
  • And ICYMI: some reflections (and a small reading list) inspired by Adam Kirsch’s The People and the Books.
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    Pre-Shabbat (and Pre-5777) Jewish Lit 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.

  • Let’s begin with some inspirational quotations from Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, who passed away this week.
  • The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle is running a short story contest (and you don’t *have* to be from Wisconsin to enter it). No entry fee. Cash prize.
  • There’s a problematic new book for children on the market: Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf. Read Marjorie Ingall’s take over on Tablet and listen to this Book of Life podcast for the details.
  • I’m holding out for my print copy to get here, but the latest issue of the Jewish Review of Books is now online (limited free access for non-subscribers).
  • And last, but least: This week brought an extra-special edition of the Fig Tree Books newsletter, with all sorts of preview content from Abigail Pogrebin’s forthcoming My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. The perfect way to approach the forthcoming Jewish New Year!
  • Speaking of Rosh Hashanah–let me wish you all a Shanah Tovah–as well as a Shabbat Shalom.

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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.

  • On Hevria: a terrific piece, “On Being an Older Single,” by Rochel Spangelthal. (I think the wisdom within applies to those of us singles considerably older than the author!)
  • Over on the Lilith blog: a gorgeous essay by Rachel Hall, “I Don’t Want My Daughter to Have My Holocaust Nightmares.”
  • Confession: Rebecca Sonkin’s “Chris Kraus and the K-Word” (Los Angeles Review of Books), is basically my introduction to Kraus’s work (and its treatment of Jews and Jewishness).
  • Beautiful poem by Stacey Zisook Robinson for the holiday of Tisha B’Av, which begins Saturday evening.
  • Another tribute to Elie Wiesel, this time from Francine Klagbrun, who focuses on Wiesel’s “soft spot for writers.” (via The Jewish Week)
  • As mentioned above, this weekend brings the holiday of Tisha B’Av; it’s my understanding that greetings are actually omitted on this day of mourning. But I can still wish you a Shabbat Shalom today!

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