Words of the Week: Matti Friedman, Daniel Gordis, Yossi Klein Halevi

Yes, these three—again!

If you missed it, you can catch the recording of their webinar for Diaspora Jews (moderated by the Times of Israel‘s Amanda Borschel-Dan this past Monday).

Recording of “Diaspora Jews: Time to Take a Stand.”

Here’s an accompanying compilation of recommended resources.

(Don’t have time for the full recording? You can also consult this solid summary by Gary Rosenblatt.)

Jewish Literary Links

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Image by Yedidia Klein from Pixabay

Something a tad different this week.

Later today, the September issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0, my monthly newsletter for writers, will be going out to subscribers. This month’s issue includes multiple competitions and calls that seek explicitly Jewish work.

I thought that I’d offer My Machberet readers a preview.


Words of the Week: Matti Friedman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Daniel Gordis

“To our sisters and brothers in the Diaspora:

We are writing to you from Jerusalem in the weeks before the High Holidays, during this time of introspection and self-reckoning, to urge you to join the extraordinary Israeli protest movement that is fighting to save the vision that created this country 75 years ago.”

Read the rest of their message—and register for their September 4 webinar—on the site of The Times of Israel.

Words of the Week: Yaacov Katz

“The truth is that the news media do have a problem in much of their reporting on Israel and Diaspora Jewry. It might help further their understanding if it weren’t called an ‘antisemitism problem’ — a loaded term that does more to insult than educate — and were described instead as an ignorance problem.

This essay is intended to address that ignorance.”

Source: Yaacov Katz, “Mainstream Media: Not Antisemitic but Blind to Jewish Concerns” (Sapir)