Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
Joseph Berger’s article on “A Trove of Yiddish Artifacts Rescued From the Nazis, and Oblivion,” would have been fascinating enough on its own; it’s even more compelling to me because of the material’s connection to a book referenced late in the article, The Book Smugglers, which I’m currently reading.
“Fathom has published a new eBook to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration,” and you can download it free of charge.
Even after Sukkot, this essay by Helene Meyers is well worth reading: “My journey from New York to Texas has resulted in my viewing myself as a bicultural Jew: I have had the luxury and privilege of taking Jewishness for granted and I also know the depths of Jewish illiteracy and intolerance that plague parts of the country and some institutions of higher education. As we now move from the awesome drama of the High Holy Days to the vulnerability but also plenitude associated with Sukkot, I find myself in thanksgiving mode. And my specific sense of a Jewish harvest results from my double-consciousness as a Jewish New Yorker and a Texas Jew.”
I can’t attend next week’s “No Shushing Allowed” (free!) social hour with the librarians and archivists of the Center for Jewish History—but if you’re in New York, perhaps you can!
And ICYMI: National Public Radio is looking for Hanukkah stories!
Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen