Toward the end of each week, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.
- In which Adam Kirsch and Aviya Kushner discuss “the power of books and the way in which Jewish tradition shaped them as writers.”
- Cynthia Ozick has a new book publishing soon. In this forthright interview, she talks about it (and other topics) with Moment‘s Sarah Breger.
- “On September 6th, 2021 / Rosh Hashanah 5782, with the heralding of the Jewish New Year, the Jewish people will enter the shmita year in our cycle of the seasons. Jewish tradition teaches about a shmita year occurring every seven years, a time of release with Biblical and contemporary applications to our relationships with land, food, debt, work/rest, equity and more….The Shmita Prizes award artists and creatives – from all levels of experience and age groups – for works of art that bring into focus the relevancy and application of shmita values in our contemporary world. These art works will offer creative avenues with which to prepare for, mark and engage with the shmita year….A committee of professional artists will select one artist in each category to be awarded $1800 with three additional awards of $250 each.” Note the category titled “Written Word.” Deadline: May 19, 2021.
- Over on the Narrative website, Sandra Sidi has published a magnificent essay about her relationship with her Israeli ex-husband. (You may need to establish a free account to read the full text.)
- And now that it’s available in the U.S., I’ve binged the entire third season of Shtisel. Shai Secunda’s Jewish Review of Books piece about the season manages to avoid spoilers, so if you’re interested, read on! (Non-subscribers can access a limited number of site pieces.)