Jewish Literary Links

an open book (with Hebrew pages visible); subtitle reads "Jewish Literary Links"
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  • A treat that came on Monday: an enlightening conversation about the work of the PJ Library, hosted by the Identity Crisis podcast.
  • Later today, the Holocaust Literature class that I’m teaching will be discussing short stories by Ida Fink (1921-2011). I’m sorry that I’ve only recently encountered Fink and her work, and I’m grateful for Sara R. Horowitz’s overview on the Jewish Women’s Archive website for background.
  • Did you know about this amazing project over on the American Jewish Historical Society website? It offers translations of Emma Lazarus’s famous “New Colossus” poem—and commentary by translators.
  • I learned about the aforementioned project from Alicia Ostriker, who spoke about it during an event featuring Jewish women’s poetry that the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism hosted last Sunday. (Other featured poets included Alicia Jo Rabins, Erika Meitner, and yours truly.) Catch the recording here.
  • And this week also brought us the latest Jewish Book Carnival, hosted for March by Yael Shahar.

Wishing everyone a Shabbat shalom.

an open book (with Hebrew pages visible); subtitle reads "Jewish Literary Links"

4 thoughts on “Jewish Literary Links

  1. Erika,
    Sara Horowitz was on the faculty during my fellowship at the Holocaust Educational Foundation at Northwestern in Summer 2019. I first learned of Ida Fink from her as well and have been using “The Key Game” and “A Spring Morning” in my English Composition II course that is themed Life and Death. Horowitz also introduced me to Sutzkever and Hecht, among others.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      I am so drawn to those two stories, too, Barbara. I opted to spotlight “Aryan Papers” and “Night of Surrender” instead, on the heels of a week focused on Charlotte Delbo and gender, but really, I could have used either/both of those.

  2. Erika,
    Charlotte Delbo’s work inspired an academic paper on multiple truths and that inspired a short story, “I, Divided,” that will appear in Consequence magazine in the fall.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:


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