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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

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Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • I’m among those theatergoers swept up in the power of Oslo, which won a Tony award for Best Play this week. Itamar Rabinovich’s review for Jewish Review of Books offers some insights I appreciate knowing.
  • Speaking of plays: Check out this nice feature on the Jewish Plays Project by Amy Oestreicher for Broadway World.
  • I was lucky enough to be in the audience one recent evening when authors Matti Friedman and Nicole Krauss were in conversation—on writing about Israel and more—at Central Synagogue in New York. And now, thanks to JBSTV.org, you can catch a video of their discussion.
  • For The New York Jewish Week, George Robinson shares the four films that he believes are “the best Jewish or Israeli films of the first half of the year.” See if you agree with his choices (or add some titles to your to-be-watched list).
  • And a hearty mazal tov to all of the individuals and publications recognized in the latest round of the Simon Rockower Jewish Journalism Awards.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • A beautiful poem, “The Second Deaf Rabbi in America,” by 15-year-old poet Hannah Karp (via Rattle).
  • This Jewish Book Council interview with Dalia Rosenfeld makes me even more eager to read Rosenfeld’s new collection The Worlds We Think We Know.
  • “As the yearly Israeli Book Week approaches, the National Library of Israel has published the annual data report on Israel’s book industry. The data touches on original Israeli books, translated books, types of publishing and areas of publication.”
  • “A Literary Life: Remembering Ann Birstein”—a lovely appreciation by Sandee Brawarsky.
  • Lots of discussion of Jews and “whiteness” this week. One post that expresses something close to my own take: this, from Sarah Tuttle-Singer.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • “Chances are if you’re a podcast fan or a Jewish book fan or both, you’ve heard [The Book of Life] somewhere.” That’s from the intro to a wonderful Q&A with podcaster, librarian, and literary champion Heidi Rabinowitz over on Jewesses with Attitude.
  • Israeli author Etgar Keret was recently in New York to receive the 2016 Charles Bronfman Prize, and Sandee Brawarsky caught up with him.
  • Job alert: “The Forward is seeking an experienced and stylish editor to create and manage a new vertical focusing on Jewish life and lifestyles. This go-getting editor will curate, assign and write exciting, engaging features and content about Jewish family life, relationships, travel, food, holidays, popular culture, celebrities and more — all intended to tell compelling stories and broaden the Forward’s audience. This content will range from breaking news to longer features to evergreen guides and annual projects.”
  • As I read Evan McMurry’s “The Fall of Rabbi Gold” a few days ago, I was reminded of a post I wrote some time ago for the Fig Tree Books blog on the subject of “rabbinic fiction.”
  • And speaking of Fig Tree Books, the latest issue of the newsletter that I’ve been producing there since 2014 went out to subscribers yesterday. It contains some nice pre-Shavuot treats—and a bittersweet announcement.
  • Shabbat shalom, everyone.

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Possibly my favorite HevriaCast episode thus far: Elad Nehorai in conversation with guest Amy Guterson, the founder and director of Tzohar, a Hasidic seminary for the arts.
  • “How Jewish Tradition Makes Its Way Into My Epic Fantasy Books”: interesting post by Noah Beit-Aharon on ReformJudaism.org.
  • “This past week I was fortunate to hear four gifted, articulate writers — two American and two North American-born who made aliyah many years ago. They described how, through their work, they grapple with their relationship with Israel, and how the complexities of the Israel-diaspora relationship — a reality made more urgent as the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War nears —are reflected in their writing.” Read Gary Rosenblatt’s reflections after events that featured Bret Stephens, Yossi Klein Halevi, Matti Friedman, and Nicole Krauss.
  • Speaking of the anniversary of the Six-Day War: I have a poem that would be timely for publication in conjunction with that anniversary. Please contact me if you’re an editor who’d like to consider it.
  • And speaking of poems: Did you know about the one that argued against Norway’s constitutional ban on Jews? I didn’t—until I read about it on Tablet.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Adding another title to that TBR list: Elizabeth Edelglass’s take on Israeli author Savyon Liebrecht’s Apples from the Desert: Selected Stories has made me eager to get my hands on a copy of that book.
  • “Finding Unexpected Faith in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit” is the title of a remarkable excerpt from Elizabeth L. Silver’s new memoir The Tincture of Time, which you can find over on Literary Hub.
  • Job alert in New York: “The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) is seeking a PJ Library Communications and Marketing Coordinator who will implement a calendar of varied and diverse marketing and communication needs. The majority of this position serves the more than 26,000 New York-area PJ Library subscribers, with special projects and national-scale duties as assigned by the national Marketing and Operations team. This position reports to the Director of PJ Library in New York with cross-supervision by the Project Lead on the Marketing and Operations team in the national office.”
  • ICYMI: There’s a new poem of mine, titled “History Lesson in 210 Words,” over on the Jewish Journal website.
  • And as we close a week during which we again observed Yom HaShoah: some reflections on “The Holocaust on Display,” with a focus on a current photography exhibit (“Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross”) at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, by Howard Richard Debs, on the Hevria site.
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    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • It was quite a moment when Judy Bolton-Fasman told Gold Star father and American patriot Khzir Khan about the lamed vavniks—and her belief that he stands among them. (I dare you not to tear up at the last paragraph of this piece.)
  • And another poignant, powerful piece: a review-essay by Nina Badzin on the resonance, this Passover holiday, of Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year.
  • Pogrebin’s aforementioned new book is one of “Eight New Books for Passover 5777” recommended by the Jewish Book Council’s Nat Bernstein.
  • An especially good episode of “Israel in Translation” includes a link to Almog Behar’s website, where you can freely download, a new draft version of collected translations of Behar’s poems and stories and some other texts, in a bilingual (Hebrew/English) edition.
  • And over on my other blog, I’ve shared some exciting news about a poetry contest sponsored by the Manhattan Jewish Experience.
  • Shabbat shalom, and happiest Passover wishes!

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