Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • This week brought us the latest Jewish Book Carnival, hosted for August by Barbara Krasner/The Whole Megillah. (Among the highlights there: the return of the Book of Life podcast!)
  • One of the finest reads I will remember from this summer is a special issue of Pakn Treger that’s devoted to Isaac Bashevis Singer. Only a small selection of the issue’s contents can be read online, but you’ll find that material here.
  • There are many reasons I’m hoping to break into kidlit someday (Jewish kidlit, in particular). I’ll admit that becoming eligible for this opportunity may be among them: “For the second year in a row, PJ Library and PJ Our Way are thrilled to offer an all-expenses paid Israel experience to inspire accomplished children’s and middle-grade authors to bring Israel and Jewish ideas to their writing. For eight days, we will explore the roots and stories of the Jewish people, the historical and modern state of Israel, and meet with a diverse group of Israelis.” Application deadline: September 27, 2018.
  • “Who Gets to Claim Kafka?” For The Atlantic, Adam Kirsch considers, among other things: “Is he a Jewish writer? What do we gain, or lose, by reading his work through a Jewish lens?”
  • “Musician and activist Craig Taubman has edited a compilation of micro-essays called ‘Jewels of Elul’ that challenge, comfort and inspire readers during this pensive month leading up to the High Holidays.” Judy Bolton-Fasman reports for
  • Shabbat shalom.