Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Label "Jewish Lit Links" is printed over what appears to be a segment of a Torah scroll.Every Friday, My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • The latest issue of Harvard Divinity Bulletin is Judaism-focused. Lots to explore here—I’m hoping to get to much of it over the weekend.
  • Also on my tbr list: this Jewish Review of Books symposium around Robert Alter’s new translation of the Hebrew Bible (with commentary).
  • From San Francisco, Howard Freedman writes: “This has been a great year for Jewish books, and I’m thrilled to share some of my favorites of 2018 in several areas of interest, helping to shine much-deserved light on books that haven’t always received the attention they deserve.”
  • From JTA: Penny Schwartz’s wonderful profile of David Shrayer-Petrov on the occasion of the publication of an English translation (by Arna B. Bronstein, Aleksandra I. Fleszar, and Maxim Shrayer, the author’s son) of Shrayer-Petrov’s early “refusenik novel” Doctor Levitin.
  • As it happens, I had the opportunity to meet both Penny Schwartz and Maxim Shrayer at this week’s Association for Jewish Studies conference in Boston. Peruse the #AJS18 hashtag for glimpses into the conference happenings.