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.

Jewish Book Carnival: January 2023/5783

book-filled logo for the AJL Jewish Book Carnival

The My Machberet blog is proud to serve as this month’s host for the Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly event where those who cover Jewish books online “can meet, read, and comment on each others’ posts.” Organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), the Carnival travels around and is hosted on a different participant’s site on the 15th of each month.

As I prepared this Carnival, I realized that this is the 15th time that I’m hosting! Please take a look at past posts—they go back to 2010!

Herewith, the January 2023 Carnival.


Words of the Week: Alvin Rosenfeld and Leslie Lenkowsky

“The first question Mr. Biden’s working group should answer is whether it supports the IHRA definition. With clear guidance about what anti-Semitism means, federal agencies, as well as other jurisdictions and organizations such as colleges and universities, would then know what they should be looking out for. The public would also have a better understanding of how, when and where anti-Semitism is arising.”

Source: Alvin Rosenfeld and Leslie Lenkowsky, “Can the Biden Administration Define Anti-Semitism?” (The Wall Street Journal)