Jewish Literary Links

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

  • “Raisins and Almonds and Shavuot”: terrific piece by Rokhl Kafrissen that taught me a lot about the classic lullaby. (And a reminder that you can also listen to this beautiful song on the playlist that I created for my poetry collection, Birthright.)
  • Speaking of poetry collections: You’ve still got time to enter this giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Wolf Lamb Bomb, the full-length debut by my friend Aviya Kushner. (The book received a wonderful review from Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent just last week.)
  • The latest Jewish Book Carnival went live a few days ago, hosted for May (and yes, it is the May carnival) by Ann Koffsky.
  • Always nice to find a review by Diane Cole. In this case, I’m talking about her Hadassah magazine piece on The New Jewish Canon: Ideas & Debates 1980-2015 edited by Yehuda Kurtzer and Claire E. Sufrin (Academic Studies Press) and The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century by Adam Kirsch (W.W. Norton).
  • Happening next week: the 2021 Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies, during which Julia Watts Belser, associate professor of Jewish studies at Georgetown University, “will use classic rabbinic Jewish texts to grapple with pressing contemporary questions about climate change and environmental justice, inviting us to tangle with grief, confront vulnerability, and re-imagine possibilities for survival.” Free registration.

May it be a Shabbat shalom.

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

4 thoughts on “Jewish Literary Links

  1. John Smistad says:

    I want to reach out, Erika, and say that we, as Americans who share the fundamental and God-given rights of faith, family, freedom and free enterprise, are in FULL support of Israel. We are alarmed and revolted by the senseless and savage assaults upon her by Hamas.

    Israel WILL emerge victorious. Righteous SHALL triumph over evil.

    It is God’s will.

    Blessings to you and yours,

    John Smistad

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      John, my wish is that there shall be peace throughout the region, and that all peoples can live in security and freedom.

      1. John Smistad says:

        Amen, our fiend.

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