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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.

  • The new issue of The Tower includes a terrific profile of author Ruchama King Feuerman, by Beth Kissileff.
  • Another take on the new Philip Roth biography, this time from Adam Kirsch.
  • For Tablet, Tova Ross examines “ex-frum” memoirs.
  • Also on Tablet: An unusual essay about Art Spiegelman and Maus, by David Van Biema.
  • New resource for those interested in creating some of their own Jewish writing: The Whole Megillah LLC
  • 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.

  • For those of you in Israel: Check out this mini-conference on literary translation coming up at Bar Ilan University. (An email announcement that I received assures: “The conference is in English and is free of charge.”)
  • Reading through the January 2014 edition of the Generations of the Shoah International (GSI) newsletter this week, I realized that I might not yet have recommended this monthly e-publication for anyone wanting to follow events and publications relating to Holocaust commemoration and study. Or it has been a long time since I’ve done so.
  • On my tbr list: Claudia Roth Pierpont’s Roth Unbound. Especially after D.G. Myers’s review.
  • An intriguing post from Theater J, including student reflections on Motti Lerner’s play “The Admission.”
  • And in case you missed it: an all-too-brief preview of notable “Jewish books” coming in 2014.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    My Year In Jewish Books

    StarFor the past two years, I’ve found it useful (and kind of fun) to look back on “my year in Jewish books.” So, borrowing some of the same introductory wording, I’m going to attempt to do something similar for 2013, even if Hanukkah came so early this year that this 2013 iteration lacks the same usefulness a gift-inspiration guide.

    Reviewing my reading for 2013 (thank you, Goodreads!), I can see that I do not and would not ever limit my reading to “Jewish books” exclusively. (By the way, in case you haven’t heard me say this before, I define “Jewish books” as books with substantive Jewish content. In my view, non-Jewish authors can write “Jewish books.” And Jewish authors can write books that don’t strike me as particularly Jewish.)

    But this year, as usual, I did read quite a few books that fall within the “Jewish book” category. And, as an advocate for Jewish literature, I’m proud of that.

    Below, you will find these books presented in the order in which I read them. Please note that, where appropriate, I have included links to reviews, essays, and newsy items I have written; interviews I have conducted; and the odd blog post. I have also disclosed how I obtained each book: P (purchase), R (complimentary review copy/complimentary seminar copy), L (library). Continue reading ›

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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.

  • Advice on writing for Jewish publications (and getting paid for what you write!) from the talented and prolific Rebecca Klempner.
  • In The New York Times Book Review: “Each week in Bookends, two writers take on pressing and provocative questions about the world of books. This week, Adam Kirsch and Rivka Galchen on why Hannah Arendt’s ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’ remains contentious fifty years after it was first published.”
  • This just added to my tbr list: From Kristallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaperman, by Harry Rosenfeld.
  • J., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, has a rare opening for a full-time staff reporter working from our office in San Francisco’s Financial District.”
  • The Winter 2014 issue of Jewish Review of Books is online. Much of the content is for subscribers only, but you’ll find a few pieces available to all.
  • Shabbat shalom and best wishes for a joyous Hanukkah!

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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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    Kristallnacht in Poetry & Prose

    The shattered stained glass windows of the Zerrennerstrasse synagogue after its destruction on Kristallnacht. Pforzheim, Germany, ca. November 10, 1938. (USHMM/Stadtarchiv Pforzheim)

    The shattered stained glass windows of the Zerrennerstrasse synagogue after its destruction on Kristallnacht. Pforzheim, Germany, ca. November 10, 1938. (USHMM/Stadtarchiv Pforzheim)

     

    Kristallnacht, literally, “Night of Crystal,” is often referred to as the “Night of Broken Glass.” The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938, throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia recently occupied by German troops.”

    Kristallnacht figures as an essential turning point in Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jews, which culminated in the attempt to annihilate the European Jews.”

    Both of my paternal grandparents had arrived safely in the United States before the Kristallnacht of November 1938. And yet, among the stories my grandmother told over the years, the tale of how her parents and other loved ones back in Germany experienced the horrific events lodged in my mind and in my heart. Continue reading ›

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