Jewish Literary Links

an open book (with Hebrew pages visible); subtitle reads "Jewish Literary Links"
Image by Yedidia Klein from Pixabay

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.

It’s been busy since last week’s links went out. You may have seen some of these items elsewhere on the site and/or social media. But I’m including plenty of “new” info here as well.

  • Remember when I introduced you to new Jewish litmag Green Golem? Today I have two other new endeavors to share with you: Iron Words Israel, which aims to feature “inspirational and thought-provoking writing on topics such as living through the war, volunteering, remembering our fallen, praying for our hostages, having loved ones in the army, or other related topics”; and Writing on the Wall, whose homepage announces that “after October 7th, we need a new place for expression, creativity, and community.”
  • The latest Jewish Book Carnival has gone live, hosted for February by Barbara Bietz at Jewish Books for Kids…and More.
  • The past week has brought a bit of attention to the experiences of Jewish writers, particularly in the context of post-October 7 world: via Jewish Journal; via JTA (where I’m quoted); and via Commentary, where I’m also quoted. In fact, the Commentary writer’s outreach prompted me to add some new links to this Jewish Writing resources page, simply to provide a single “host” location for documents-in-progress “Writers, Beware,” and “After October 7: Readings, Recordings, and More” and the post/handout on “18 Ways to Address Antisemitism in Your Literary Life.”
  • A mazal tov is in order for Liz Kleinrock, who has been named the inaugural winner of the Jewish Book Month Writer’s Residency. Read about Liz, and the Jewish book that she spotlighted in her winning contest entry, on the Jewish Book Council’s blog.
  • And a few final things I want to make sure you haven’t missed: Dara Horn’s latest extraordinary essay (for The Atlantic), which sourced my latest #SundaySentence on the Practicing Writing blog; some model language that I wish more journalists/outlets would use; an overview (via JNS) of the National Library of Israel’s Bearing Witness” project (with which the Association of Jewish Libraries is partnering); and an initiative to establish a children’s library in memory of fallen IDF soldier Ori Shani, which I learned about on Twitter/X.

May it be a Shabbat shalom.

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

11 thoughts on “Jewish Literary Links

  1. Abby yucht says:

    Your content is wonderful! Thank you so much for what you do.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Kind of you to say. Thank you!

  2. Laurie Rosen says:

    Thanks for this update. Particularly the piece from Commentary. I’ve been waiting for Zevin’s book to come out in paperback. I just placed an order on Bookshop for the hard cover.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      I think you and I must be the last two people who haven’t read it yet! I do mean to!

      1. Pamela Wax says:

        I’ll try it again in light of the pushback she’s been getting, but I put it aside the first time I started it back in August.

        As always, thank you for doing this important work, Erika. I’m ever grateful.

        1. Erika Dreifus says:

          When I first heard about it, I didn’t think it sounded as though it would be my cup of tea–but EVERYONE I know who has read it has raved about it. So I added it to my tbr list (which, of course, I’ll never conquer). We’ll see!

  3. Zeeva Bukai says:

    Thank you so much, Erika for doing the work of aggregating all of this important content, especially in these challenging times when Jewish writers and writing are on the line. This is an act of resistance, defiance, and love. Thank you and Shabbat Shalom.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Shabbat shalom, dear Zeeva–and thank YOU.

  4. Melinda Gordon Blum says:

    Thank you so much for providing this important service. I don’t know what I’d do without a supportive Jewish writing community during these difficult days.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Same here.

Comments are closed.