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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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    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.

  • Over on The New Yorker‘s website, Jonathan Safran Foer discusses “Maybe It Was the Distance,” a piece—drawn from his forthcoming novel—that appears in the magazine’s current, fiction-focused issue.
  • On Christi Craig’s blog: a terrific new Q&A with Jessamyn Hope (plus an opportunity to win a giveaway copy of Safekeeping, Hope’s debut novel).
  • Mazal tov to Israeli author Etgar Keret on being named the latest recipient of the Charles Bronfman Prize.
  • Aleph Beta is looking for a Writer and Editor of Torah Content. “This is a full time job located in Hewlett, NY with the possibility of telecommuting.”
  • And just in time for #Shavuot: a suite of poems on Tablet (and one more on the Forward‘s Sisterhood blog).
  • Shabbat Shalom and Shavuot Tov!

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