Jewish Literary Links

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.

  • I had the opportunity a while back to take an early peek at Jennifer Anne Moses’s The Man Who Loved His Wife and Other Stories. (In fact, this collection sourced my very first “Sunday Sentence” for 2021!) It’s a wonderful book, and so I was very glad to find this interview with Moses on the Lilith blog this week.
  • Two film-related books on my radar: Helene Meyers’s Movie-Made Jews: An American Tradition (discount code included here) and Casting a Giant Shadow: The Transnational Shaping of Israeli Cinema, edited by Rachel S. Harris and Dan Chyutin.
  • A hearty mazal tov to Aviya Kushner, whose first full-length poetry collection, Wolf Lamb Bomb, was published this week. Check out this beautiful review on the Jewish Book Council’s website, and consider attending one of the poet’s upcoming events (there’s one this evening!).
  • Speaking of events: I’ve signed up for this (free!) American Jewish University-hosted conversation featuring author Joshua Cohen talking about his latest novel, The Netanyahus. (As of this writing, it appears as though by the time that event takes place, Israel’s prime minister will no longer be named “Netanyahu.”)
  • And if you happen to be (or communicate with) a Harvard University alum, student, or faculty member, I hope that you’ll take note of this important letter, which I’ve already signed. (Some context from me, on Twitter.)

Shabbat shalom.

Words of the Week

“We too ask to be seen and heard; we ask for our experiences to be valued; we ask that we be allowed to enter progressive conversations with our whole selves to expand our learning and activism alongside our fellow Bulldogs.

If, after reading this, you’ve learned something new, gained some empathy, will be more thoughtful about the quickness with which you share a post that blames Jews, or if you’re now more curious to understand more about your fellow Jewish students — we say thank you for listening.

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Words of the Week: David Benger (and Matti Friedman)

Tweet available at https://twitter.com/David_Benger/status/1341783824527745025.

Words of the Week

“For many Jewish students, Zionism is an integral part of their identity and their ethnic and ancestral heritage. These students have the right to openly express identification with Israel. The university will safeguard the abilities of these students, as well as all students, to participate in university-sponsored activities free from discrimination and harassment. 

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