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Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend. Continue reading ›


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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety. Continue reading ›


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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things:

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1. Some of the happiest, most engaged hours I spent this past week were the hours I devoted to revising four poems. These are all pieces that I’d drafted in meetings of my text-study-and-writing group, which means that they’re all connected in some way with Jewish text/tradition. Continue reading ›


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Words of the Week

“Diaspora Jews, much to their frustration, have virtually no impact on Israel’s policies. If anything, the newly passed Jewish Nation-State law essentially codifies that fact. What remains to be seen is whether rank-and-file Israelis will begin to worry that Israel is following in the path of numerous European countries that, like the U.S., are in the grips of regimes with hard-right inclinations. Until a few days ago, there was little reason to believe that Israelis were ready to be roused. How ironic it would be if the detaining of a Conservative rabbi sparked the conversation that Israelis desperately need to have. The time is growing near when the Israeli people will have to decide what kind of country they seek to build.”

Source: Daniel Gordis, “Soul-Searching After a Rabbi Was Detained in Israel” (Bloomberg)


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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).

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Sunday Sentence

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

Our building was so claustrophobic it was as if we lived with our neighbors instead of beside them.

Source: Jennifer S. Brown, Modern Girls: A Novel