Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.
- Update from the National Library of Israel, which “will reopen to the public on Wednesday, September 2nd, in compliance with the ‘Purple Standard.'”
- Announced this week: “Wendy McClure at Albert Whitman has bought world rights to Dear Mr. Dickens, a nonfiction picture book by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe, in which a brave young woman, Eliza Davis, reproaches the most famous and powerful author of her time, Charles Dickens, for creating Fagin in Oliver Twist, and asks him to help fight anti-Semitism by creating sympathetic Jewish characters. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021.” (Publishers Weekly)
- Another superb short story, this time published in Sixfold, by my friend Elizabeth Edelglass: “First They Came for the Torahs.”
- Sefaria (which, remember, I support based on sales of Birthright) “is seeking a freelance writer and editor to support our work in making Jewish texts accessible online. This role is a part-time, temporary contract position through the end of 2020 with the potential to move forward into 2021. This position will require a minimum of 20 hours per week. Compensation is hourly and depends on experience, starting at $30 per hour.” (P.S. Per an announcement on Twitter: This is a remote position.)
- Speaking of Birthright (and Jewish texts): I recently discussed the Eshet chayil text, which inspired “A Single Woman of Valor,” one of the poems in the book, on Mark Gerson’s “The Rabbi’s Husband” podcast. I’m thinking that I’ll read this poem when I participate in Sunday’s Jerusalism virtual open-mic event, too. Maybe you’ll be there, too?