Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.
- This week brought the latest Jewish Book Carnival, hosted for August over on The Whole Megillah. Check it out!
- Some powerful new writing published this week: Judy Lev’s essay “Leaving,” and Merri Ukraincik’s poem “The Crumbs of Shabboses Past.”
- These days I’m absorbing a lot more kidlit-related material. This week, I appreciated Emily Benedek’s profile of Harold Grinspoon and the PJ Library (even if, contra the headline, I’ve long admired them both). And I’m still mulling over this thought-provoking piece, in which Emily Schneider considers the publicity framing a new young-adult biography of Charles Lindbergh. Schneider asks why Lindbergh seems to be granted something of a pass “even as Americans are actively involved, and rightly so, in questioning our country’s previous adulation of racists, misogynists, and xenophobes.”
- Some impressive online events took place this week, and you can already find their recordings. First: another installment of the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s GENerally Speaking, featuring Stephanie Butnick in conversation with 3G historian and author David Slucki. And then: Lilith magazine’s summer 2020 issue launch.
- And in case you missed this, too: my own list of 10 forthcoming Jewish books appeared a couple of days ago. Useful both for book clubs (or so I’m told!) and individual reading lists.
Reminder: Jerusalism’s next virtual open mic will happen on Sunday, August 30. Featured reader: yours truly. Also reading: many others (perhaps even you?). Especially if you’ve got something to share, consider tuning in and signing up. But you’re welcome to simply watch/listen/enjoy. 1pm New York time/8pm in Israel.