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.

  • ICYMI when I shared on social media: The Lehrhaus published a terrific piece on Cynthia Ozick (by Ari Hoffman) this week.
  • Also quite worth your time: Jake Marmer’s appreciation of Israeli author Hanoch Levin, whose collected poetry is now available in a bilingual Hebrew/English edition, with translations by Atar Hadari (Tablet)
  • Some early coverage of Ayelet Tsabari’s forthcoming memoir The Art of Leaving, which “traces Tsabari’s journey from her childhood home on the outskirts of Tel Aviv to Vancouver and Toronto, and from her native Hebrew to her adopted English, alongside the story of her grandparents’ migration from Yemen to the land of Israel in the 1930s,” and information about Tsabari’s visit to Seattle in early 2019.
  • You’ve heard of Leonard (Lenny) Bernstein—but what about his brother, Burton? “Apart from his long and distinguished career at the New Yorker, Burton wrote eight books,” writes Allan Arkush, in a fascinating piece for Jewish Review of Books that emphasizes one of those titles, Family Matters.
  • And last, but perhaps not least: I’ve got a new poem (“This Woman’s Prayer”) and a new article (about Sir Ben Kingsley’s Jewish roles) to share. Details (and links) in this midweek post on the Practicing Writing blog.
  • Shabbat shalom!