"Reflections During the Days of Awe, 1989-5750"

Last Friday, I posted an essay from my personal archive on my other blog. Titled “Reflections During the Days of Awe, 1989-5750,” the essay is 20 years old. I wrote it when I was enrolled in an undergraduate creative nonfiction workshop. It still means a lot to me, and it’s definitely relevant for the Rosh Hashanah-Yom Kippur season. I hope you’ll read (and enjoy) it.

Pre-Rosh Hashanah Notes from Around the Web

Here’s a really lovely post about the connections between a temple-based writing group (located in Tuscon, Ariz.) and the Holy Days.
Michelle Cameron, a self-described “writer of Jewish-themed books,” guest-posts on my friend Lisa Romeo’s blog.
The aforementioned Scribblers on the Roof Web site has launched! Check it out. And look forward to a Q&A with founder/editor Kelly Hartog, right here on My Machberet, in the not-too-distant future.
Jeffrey Goldberg links to an outrageously hilarious spoof of Mad Men (retitled for these purposes “Meshugene Men“).
Finally, and on a more somber note, the new issue of Brevity, which bills itself as “a journal of concise literary nonfiction,” is online, featuring an amazing piece, “Somebody Else’s Genocide,” by author Sherman Alexie.

Shanah Tovah, everyone! See you back here in a few days.

For the Kids: New Holiday Web Site from Behrman House

Just received this a couple of days ago from Behrman House, and I think it will be keeping my soon-to-be six-year-old niece busy for quite awhile!

We have just developed a new website, www.ElijahRocks.net, that can help you and your family learn about the Jewish holidays. The website provides fun, interactive computer games that explore concepts from our latest holiday book Jewish Holiday Treasure Trail, plus holiday blessings, dictionaries of key words, and word puzzles.

Just click on www.ElijahRocks.net, or type it into your web browser. After the site downloads (it will take about 20 seconds), select a holiday—Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, and more. Then the fun and learning begin!

As you and your family surf the website, you’ll begin learning more and more about the Jewish holidays. By purchasing Jewish Holiday Treasure Trail, you’ll continue to build your family’s holiday knowledge and traditions. As an introductory offer, you can get FREE SHIPPING for one copy of this title. This special offer is only good through June 5, 2009, so act now! Please mention code: TREASURE when ordering.

We hope you’ll visit the website with your child throughout the year, and spend time together learning about the Jewish holidays.

Chag Pesach Sameach

Taking a few days off for Passover. Eager to see how my mom will appease/reward the little ones (we’ll have seven of them under eight attending) after the afikoman hunt. Here’s an image of a previous year’s gift: All hail the Dancing Matzah Man!