Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.
- Great piece on the launch event for LABA East Bay, “an outgrowth of a New York City program that brings Jewish artists of all kinds into contact with Jewish texts, in the hopes of generating new pieces of fresh, unusual art and culture.”
- Helpful guide for those of us who try to keep up with the many excellent Israeli film/television offerings that are available to stream (spoiler: I am not caught up!).
- Speaking of streaming: If, like me, you couldn’t make it to this early-November event, a recording is now available: “Noted author Yossi Klein Halevi shares the stage with two young Palestinian-American activists, Yousef Bashir and Rawan Odeh, whose letters he included in the revised edition of his well-received book, Letters from My Palestinian Neighbor. What ensues is a lively and heartfelt discussion of controversial topics moderated by Rabbi Neil Zuckerman of the Park Avenue Synagogue.” I’m hoping to watch this weekend.
- “I don’t set out to create Jewish characters. I just find, over and again, that I want to.” Get to know Jonathan Blum, author of the debut short-story collection The Usual Uncertainties.
- ICYMI: I’m offering an inscribed copy of my new (and very Jewish) poetry collection, Birthright, as part of the giveaway outlined on this post. You have until noon (New York time) on Tuesday, December 3, to enter. Good luck!