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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.

Pre-Shabbat (and Passover!) Jewish Literary Links

The words "Jewish Lit Links" are printed over what appears to be a portion of a Torah scroll.
In which the My Machberet blog presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety. Continue reading ›

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Words of the Week

“There are myriad ways that universities can encourage activism and debate around the conflict without hurting Jews on campus. Invite speakers from across the spectrum to debate, and bring in new viewpoints that may be unfamiliar to both sides, like Mizrahi and Ethiopian Israelis or Palestinians fighting for human rights in Gaza. Have Israeli-Palestinian conflict week and invite a variety of perspectives for learning and conversation. There should be cultural events for Israel, Palestinians, and any other group that cares to sponsor them without protests. Let there be celebrations of culture, debates over policy, and activism on all sides. But no student should be made to feel unsafe or unwell on campus, especially not in the name of inclusivity or academic freedom.”

Source: Carly Pildis, “Enough Is Enough” (Tablet)

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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I watched this event via livestream yesterday. What was discussed there resonated so strongly with some elements of my own family history. And I immediately ordered a copy of the book at the heart of the conversation. Continue reading ›

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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Last week, I attended, from the comfort of my own desk, a Jewish Women’s Archive webinar on “Rethinking the History of American Jewish Women,” a conversation between Professor Pamela S. Nadell and Dr. Judith Rosenbaum. Their discussion focused on Professor Nadell’s America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, newly available from W.W. Norton, which I’ve now begun reading.

Did you miss it? Luckily, there’s a recording! Continue reading ›

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