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Words of the Week

“Jewish students who oppose Israel’s right to exist are welcome into Hillel’s space to practice their Judaism. Anti-Zionist students are welcome at conversations hosted by BSI, which are always open and advertised to the public. They are also free to express their anti-Zionism in history classes, university programs, existing student groups and public spaces on campus in ways that Zionist students, even those of us who are frequently critical of the policies of the current Israeli government, often are not. But Hillel does not have a responsibility to bring into our space programming that seeks the reversal of our national liberation and equality movement.”

Source: Benjamin Gladstone and Jared Samilow, “Jewish Anti-Zionism Does Not Deserve a Home in Hillel—at Brown or Anywhere Else” (Forward)

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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.

  • “As a parent and a rabbi I think a lot about history and the impact of personal narrative.” So begins a lovely blog post by Lisa Greene.
  • Speaking of personal narrative–B.J. Woodstein shares some disturbing anti-Semitic experiences in her contribution to Kveller’s ongoing “Why Be Jewish?” essay series.
  • “Writing makes me realize that I’m Jewish in a way that living doesn’t.” From Sara Lippmann’s interview with debut author Rebecca Schiff.
  • Yesterday, Yom HaAtzmaut, was a good day to revisit a pivotal scene from Jessamyn Hope’s Safekeeping.
  • And I’m proud to report that Jewish Journal has just re-published a poem of mine.
  • 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. This week, many folks are already offline for the conclusion of Passover; I’m forging on nonetheless.

  • Deadline approaching (6pm, Pacific time, this evening) for Poetry Super Highway’s 18th annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) issue.
  • If you have the good luck to be in the environs of the Yiddish Book Center on Sunday, you can enjoy their Community Open House, which will feature “Is There Such a Thing as Jewish Literature?”—an address by Adam Kirsch.
  • “In ‘Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story’ Mr. [Matti] Friedman has written a top-notch account of [the First Lebanon War], persuasively arguing that it heralded a new style of combat in the Middle East, though no one knew it at the time.” A terrific review for a book I’m hoping to read very, very soon.”
  • LETTERS TO SALA, Arlene Hutton’s stirring drama about a New York family coming to grips with the sudden disclosure of its matriarch’s hidden Holocaust past will have two concert performances on May 15 at 12 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.” I’ve seen the play, and I recommend it, highly.
  • And ICYMI, lots of #JewLit content in my latest “midweek notes” post on my other blog.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Words of the Week

    “Bernie Sanders’ campaign has illuminated the new rules that govern Jewish participation on the progressive left. One cannot simply be a Jew: One must be a Jew who loudly and proudly declaims his distance from Israel and the American Jewish ‘establishment’ at every possible opportunity. And unlike every other member of the progressive coalition, Judaism and Jewish peoplehood must only be expressed through a universalist vision of ‘social justice’ that emphatically proclaims that Jewish causes and rights are no more (or usually less) worthy than those of Black Lives Matter, the Palestinians, La Raza, etc., and which sees this self-abnegation as the price of entry—for Jews alone.”

    Source: Jamie Kirchick, “Bernie Sanders’ Jewish Problem, And Ours” (Tablet)

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    Words of the Week

    “TAPPER: Senator Sanders told me that Israel’s response in Gaza was disproportionate — that was his word — leading to an unnecessary loss of innocent life.

    And you told ‘The Atlantic’ in 2014 that — quote — ‘Israel did what it had to do to respond to the attacks.’

    What do you make of Senator Sanders’ take on it, that it was disproportionate?

    H. CLINTON: Well, he will have to speak for himself, but…

    TAPPER: You don’t agree, though?

    H. CLINTON: Well, I agree with what I said, which is, when you are being attacked with rockets raining down on your people, and your soldiers are under attack, you have to respond.

    And I think that what I learned when I negotiated the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in 2012 is that Hamas provokes Israel. They often pretend to have people in civilian garb acting as though they are civilians who are Hamas fighters. And it’s a very difficult undertaking for Israel to target those who are targeting them.

    And I think Israel has had to defend itself. It has a right to defend itself. It did not go seeking this. This was, you know, promoted by Hamas. And I support Israel’s right of self-defense.”

    Source: “State of the Union,” 10 April 2016

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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.

  • It’s unlikely that you’ve ever read a Jewish wedding story quite like the one Judy Bolton-Fasman shares in this essay.
  • Discussed at a marvelous study session last Shabbat (led by Sivan Butler-Rotholz): Stacey Zisook Robinson’s stunning Purim poem, “The Book of Esther.”
  • This week brought the latest Jewish Book Carnival. Check out all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from the world of Jewish books.
  • And from the “subset” world that I inhabit at Fig Tree Books came a fresh newsletter.
  • The week also brought the launch of an Israel-focused website that I’m proud to have helped create. (“My” content areas: “Arts & Culture” and “Getting Involved.” Which seems appropriate, yes?)
  • Shabbat shalom!

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