Jewish Literary Links

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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.

  • “Is Everyone Hanging Out at the Evil Global Cabal Without Me?”—Jewish humor by Rebecca Saltzman.
  • Event alert! “Recently, My Jewish Learning offered recommendations for a Jewish book for every age, from birth all the way to 120. Now, along with the Jewish Book Council, we invite you to discuss our literary picks — and the merits of making such a list — with an all-star group of Jewish authors, whose books appear among our recommendations.” Authors include Eric Kimmel, Naomi Ragen, and Peter Cole. “Their conversation will be moderated by Ben Harris, Managing Editor of My Jewish Learning, and introduced by Naomi Firestone-Teeter, Executive Director of the Jewish Book Council.” Happening online, at no charge, October 19.
  • Sukkot, kidlit, and other Jewish holidays and kidlit (a mini-thread).
  • Hadassah Magazine and jGirls+ magazine, an online publication by and for self-identifying Jewish girls, young women and nonbinary teens, announce their third annual teen essay contest, which this year asks: “Tell us a personal story about an issue that has affected your mental health.” Prize: “The winner will receive a $300 educational scholarship, the winning essay will be published in Hadassah Magazine, both in print and online, and in jGirls+ Magazine. And a one-year subscription to Hadassah Magazine is part of the prize as well.” Eligibility: “open to self-identifying Jewish girls, young women and nonbinary teens between the ages of 13 and 19 who reside in the United States, the District of Columbia and the State of Israel, except where prohibited by law.” Deadline: October 30.
  • As Jeremy Burton reports, there is now a bridge named for American Jewish writer Cora Wilburn (1824-1906).

Shabbat shalom! And keep enjoying those holidays!

Words of the Week: Sarah Wildman

“As a child, I tuned out the more awful potentials of the [Unetaneh Tokef] prayer’s plaintive cry — and there are many, and they are terrible, assigning an agency to God I find uncomfortable at best. Instead I was drawn to the sentences that enjoy less notoriety than the others: ‘Who shall be at rest and who shall wander,’ the poem asks. In Hebrew, that sentence is a play on words, a single letter altering the meaning from ‘rest’ (yanuach) to ‘wander’ (yanuah). It goes on: ‘Who shall be at peace and who shall be pursued? Who will be calm and who will be tormented?’ To be forced to wander another week, another month, another year is physical and also spiritual, literal and also emotional. In almost three years of cancer and pandemic, I have wondered how my family can find rest as we wander. It has been, and continues to be, I think, in these small in-between moments, in the noticing.”

Source: Sarah Wildman, “I Don’t Need My Life to Be Remarkable” (The New York Times)