Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.
- Now available online: an English-language excerpt (translated by Jessica Cohen) from Maya Arad’s novel Lady of Kazan, which was published in Israel in 2015. I loved this piece when I read it in last year’s Paper Brigade journal. And since August is Women in Translation Month, this is a perfect moment for the piece to be shared anew. (Does anyone know if a translation of the full novel might be in the works?)
- If you missed this week’s Sami Rohr Prize 2020 Awards Ceremony, you can catch the video and enjoy “meeting” all of the honorees/learning about their books.
- “Anxious in Quarantine? Short Stories Could Help.” So suggests Moment‘s Sarah Breger.
- For The Times of Israel, Eric Cortellessa takes note: “In New York area, a Jewish media landscape is devastated by COVID-19.”
- And I’ll conclude with something I also mentioned last week: If you know only one poem by Nathan Alterman, it’s probably the one titled “The Silver Platter.” Today, August 14th, is the 110th anniversary of the Israeli poet’s birth. Why not take an hour to learn more about Alterman and his work (in English!) through this session with Dr. Rachel Korazim, recorded earlier this summer by the Shalom Hartman Institute.