Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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

  • On the Feeling Bookish podcast: “special guest Josh Calvo, a writer and translator of Arabic and Hebrew literature.”
  • Last week I caught a screening of the Israeli film “Working Woman,” which is rightly being described everywhere I look as a “Me Too” movie. I highly recommend it (with the caveat that viewers should be prepared for an extremely disturbing scene of a sexual assault). Among the many reviews I’ve consulted since watching the film I’d recommend this one by Karen Davis for the Jewish Women’s Archive (you get a full paragraph before a spoiler alert!).
  • “What I Wish People Knew About Yiddishists”—great piece by Rokhl Kafrissen for Alma.
  • Judy Bolton-Fasman’s profile of Ruth Behar for inspired me to go ahead and order a copy of Behar’s poetry collection Everything I Kept: Todo Lo Que Guardé (it’s National Poetry Month, after all!).
  • And there’s a new contest to tell you about! Jewish in Seattle is now accepting submissions for its first Short Fiction Contest. The winning work will be published in the August-September 2019 issue (two runners-up will be published online). “Stories must be original, have a Jewish theme and a connection to the Northwest, and be 5,000 words or less” (entrants may, however, live anywhere). Deadline: May 15, 2019. Prizes: $250 cash for first place; dinner and a show in Seattle for second place, and chocolates for third place. (Thanks to Anca Szilágyi for the lead.)
  • Shabbat shalom.