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From My Bookshelf: Writings by Suzanne Reisman

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Technically, these aren’t writings from my bookshelf. I’ve read them on a screen.

And technically, they aren’t books. Not yet anyway.

They are writings by Suzanne Reisman about her grandparents. And they are well worth your time. Continue reading ›

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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.

  • In the latest New Yorker fiction podcast, Allan Gurganus reads and discusses (with Deborah Treisman) Grace Paley’s “My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age,” from a 2002 issue of the magazine.
  • “Seven Jewish Authors Get Personal About Anti-Semitism.” A roundtable from We Need Diverse Books.
  • Looking forward to reading through the new issue of Lilith magazine.
  • The Fig Tree Books blog takes note of the 20th anniversary of the passing of Henry Roth, author of the classic Call It Sleep.
  • You’ve never read a Sukkot poem like Chaya Lester’s “In Honor of the Murdered…and Their Orphans,” a response to recent events in Israel, on Hevria.
  • May it be a Shabbat Shalom for all.

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    Pre-Shabbat 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.

  • Presenting this month’s Jewish Book Carnival–hosted by the Jewish Book Council.
  • On the Fig Tree Books blog: a stroll down literary-memory lane (and a re-assessment of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America).
  • Jewish Currents has announced the theme for the Fourth Annual Raynes Poetry Competition: “Urge.” NB: This competition charges an entry fee of $18, which includes a one-year subscription to the magazine.
  • Here’s hoping that Baba Joon, the next official Israeli selection for nomination as “Best Foreign Language Film” at the Oscars, makes it to U.S. distribution soon.
  • From Mosaic magazine: a review of Edward Alexander’s Jews Against Themselves, which is on my tbr list. It’s a thorough review but doesn’t quite contain any spoilers: I’d already sensed that this book won’t be happy read.
  • 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.

  • From The Jewish Week: new books “that capture the spirit of the holidays.”
  • “PJ Library is looking for a Social Media Manager” (to work, it seems in the Agawam, Mass., office).
  • Looking forward to digging into the latest issue of Jewish Review of Books (selected content is available online).
  • Appreciate that Moment magazine has put this story by Alan Cheuse online.
  • And ICYMI: On My Machberet this week–a Q&A with Adam Kirsch about Columbia’s M.A. in Jewish Studies.
  • Shabbat shalom, everyone.

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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.

  • The latest issue of Jewish Woman magazine features an interview with my wonderful colleague, Fig Tree Books Editor-in-Chief Michelle Caplan.
  • Two great resources for learning more about Israeli literature: Beth Kissileff’s article on Israeli expat writers to watch (JTA) and a mini-collection of Israeli short stories. (via CultureBuzz Israel)
  • Speaking of literature based in Israel: The Ilanot Review at Bar-Ilan University has issued a new call for submissions on the theme of “constraint.” (NB: nonpaying publication).
  • The PJ Library in Los Angeles is looking for five part-time “Community Connectors.”
  • And, ICYMI, read Oliver Sacks’s final piece for The New Yorkeron gefilte fish.
  • This is the last pre-Shabbat post of 5775–so let me wish you all a Shabbat Shalom AND a Shanah Tovah!

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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.

  • Looking forward to settling in with the latest issue of JewishFiction.Net.
  • Thrilled to see both fall releases from Fig Tree Books (plus a lot of other great titles) featured in the seasonal books preview from The Jewish Week.
  • Loved Alexandra Zapruder’s essay, “Beyond Anne Frank,” about Zapruder’s experiences with her book Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, now out in a new edition.
  • I went on a bit of a book-buying spree this week. One purchase resulted from reading this article in Haaretz.
  • Finally: Mazal tov to Sharon Hart-Green, translator and editor, on the publication of Bridging the Divide: The Selected Poems of Hava Pinhas-Cohen.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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