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.
- Essential reading this week from Ruth Franklin dispelling some misapprehensions (including one of my own) about Anne Frank’s diary.
- An all-too-timely excerpt adapted from Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s forthcoming memoir reveals abortion stories from a time before Roe.
- “Natan and the Jewish Book Council are thrilled to announce the Spring 2022 Natan Notable Book: Michael Frank’s One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World….In One Hundred Saturdays, Michael Frank unearths and reveals – week by week, Saturday after Saturday — the lives, culture and history of the Jewish community of Rhodes. Through the stories and memories of one of its members, Stella Levi, the vibrancy of the Juderia — the Jewish neighborhood in Rhodes that had existed for half a millennium until the Nazis deported the entire community to Auschwitz — and of Stella herself jump off the page. Stella shines as a storyteller and as a character, as she relates her life in Rhodes, her community and its history, bringing the reader into a Jewish world that few have knowledge of today.”
- I missed this one in real time, but fortunately, there’s a recording of Dr. Mark Schneegurt presenting his Anthology of Religious Poetry from the Mexican Inquisition Trials of 16th-Century CryptoJews for the American Sephardi Federation, Institute of Jewish Experience.
- And icymi via the latest Words of the Week post, please do check out Heidi Rabinowitz’s superb speech and Jewish kidlit action checklist. (And speaking of Jewish kidlit: Just as I was finishing up this post, I became aware that my latest article for Moment magazine had gone live on the website. Subscribers should look for this one in their soon-to-arrive print copies, too!)