Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

On what appears to be a segment of an open Torah scroll, the words “Jewish Lit Links” appear.

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

  • In which Adriana X. Jacobs describes learning Hebrew through translation—with a focus on the work of the poetess Rachel (Rachel Bluwstein). (Many thanks to Sara Yael Hirschhorn for the tip.)
  • Fascinating piece by Emily Schneider on “The Jews of Little Women.” (Spoiler: They’re not the most sympathetic characters.)
  • This week brought a new installment in the Association of Jewish Libraries “Love Your Neighbor” series of book recommendations “intended to provide children and their families with a greater understanding of the Jewish religion and its people.” The new list “features books for children and teens that take place in synagogues, that feature rabbis and other clergy, and that demonstrate a variety of Jewish rituals.”
  • From my pal Rebecca Klempner: some thoughts on National Novel-Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)—and what can be especially challenging about it for a Jewish writer.
  • Part-time job alert: “The Jewish Observer, a monthly newspaper with an online presence at, is seeking an editor to write articles, edit submissions and produce the newspaper. The Observer is the official publication of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. It also serves to educate and inform the Nashville-area Jewish community about issues and events of interest that affect Jewish life locally, nationally, in Israel and throughout the world.”
  • Shabbat shalom!