My Machberet

“Machberet” is the Hebrew word for notebook. Since it’s also (appropriately) one of the very first words I learned in my first Hebrew school in Brooklyn (and, until I returned to language study well into adulthood, one of the few conversational Hebrew words I still remembered), I’ve chosen it to title this blog, where I offer write-ups on Jewish news (especially of the literary sort) and occasional commentary.

Words of the Week: Chaim Weizmann (via Oren Kessler)

“If Moses had chosen to bring us to America, our problem would have been easy, but he did not choose to do so, and he is not here to discuss it.”

Chaim Weizmann, quoted in Oren Kessler, Palestine 1936 (p. 200; attributed to a meeting in London in February 1939).

Copies of Luis de Torres Sales to Freedom, the latest issue of Jewish Quarterly, and Palestine 1936 (on Kindle)
Three of my most recent reads, including a complimentary electronic review copy of Kessler’s PALESTINE 1936.

I hardly wish to quarrel with Chaim Weizmann, but I’m not so sure that the problem would have been “easy”; “easier,” quite likely.

Words of the Week: Elisha Wiesel

“These false charges of genocide against Israel are smears long used by critics who apply classical anti-Semitic tropes to the Jewish state. And they have consequences. These forms of blood libel fan the flames of hatred towards Jews as surely as the medieval claims once did that we murdered Jesus or were killing Christian infants. To utilize my father’s name in such vile accusations is so far beyond the pale that I am staggered by the silence in response.”

Source: Elisha Wiesel, “Tlaib’s Shameful Weaponization of the Elie Wiesel Genocide Act Against Israel” (The Hill)