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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.

  • A list with an edge: Ira Stoll’s “Hanukkah Gift Guide of Jewish Books The New York Times Ignored.”
  • A lovely set of stories (factual and fictional) in this year’s Hanukkah Lights broadcast from National Public Radio.
  • I’ve only watched the first couple of episodes of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” but that’s enough to appreciate “A Tale of Two Maisels” on Jewish Women, Amplified.
  • Baltimore Jewish Times is looking for a staff reporter.
  • And the December Jewish Book Carnival went live this week.
  • Shabbat shalom—and chag sameach!

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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.

  • My latest column for the U.K.’s Jewish Chronicle has gone live, and it’s all about books (that we can look forward to in 2018).
  • Smart review by David Cooper of Ruby Namdar’s The Ruined House (trans. Hillel Halkin).
  • In the wake of this week’s announcement that the U.S. now formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, The New York Times has observed: “Many readers have taken to our comments section to express either their consternation or approval. However, few readers have commented about their personal experiences with the city. Perhaps you have lived there, have ancestral roots there or have visited. We want to hear what the city means to you. We may publish a selection of the responses.” Read more here.
  • Via the Jewish Book Council: Ilana Kurshan, the author of the If All the Seas Were Ink, “shares a reading list of books that take a creative approach to stories of the Talmud.”
  • And it’s #Readukkah time! (Well, almost.) Details here.
  • 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.

  • This week’s Israel in Translation podcast features poetry by Tuvia Ruebner, translated by Lisa Katz and Shahar Bram. Just beautiful.
  • I had reason the other day to refer someone to this resource page, which I designed for anyone seeking to publish Jewish-themed stories, poems, and essays. And it occurred to me that it had been a while since I’d mentioned that page here.
  • Terrific Tablet piece (by Jake Marmer) occasioned by the release of the film adaptation of André Aciman’s 2007 novel Call Me By Your Name.
  • From across the pond: “The longlist for the 2018 JQ (Jewish Quarterly) Wingate Prize has been announced, with “identity” singled out as this year’s overriding theme. Twelve books have been selected, including Judas by Amos Oz, Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss and The Dark Circle by Linda Grant. The prize, now in its 41st year, is run in association with the JW3 community centre. The winner of the £4,000 prize will be announced on February 15, 2018.”
  • And remember—you can win a copy of Leon Wiener Dow’s The Going: A Meditation on Jewish Law via this Goodreads giveaway. (If you’re interested in reviewing the book or otherwise profiling the author, please let me know!)
  • Shabbat shalom! And if you’ll be attending the Jewish Book Council’s Jewish Writers’ Seminar this weekend, please say hello!

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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.

  • About the Jewish children’s book that has incensed anti-vaxxers.
  • Giveaway alert! Win a copy of The Going, an inspiring and insightful new book—part-spiritual memoir, part-learned reflection—by Shalom Hartman Institute faculty member Leon Wiener Dow.
  • In the vein of the perennial debates of what makes any given book “a Jewish book,” JTA editor-in-chief Andrew Silow-Caroll recently mused about what makes news “Jewish news.”
  • “The Canadian government has officially recognized the national historic significance of two seminal Montreal Jewish writers of the early 20th century, Hirsch Wolofsky and A.M. Klein.”
  • ICYMI: I had two poems published on the Jewcy site last Friday. One poem corresponded to last week’s Torah portion, but the other remains relevant each and every Shabbat!
  • Shabbat shalom.

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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.

  • Next up on my TBR list: Ilana Kurshan’s If All the Seas Were Ink, which I had the pleasure of hearing the author introduce at an event in New York this week. (For another presentation, see this piece by Judy Bolton-Fasman for JewishBoston.com.)
  • Over on the Hadassah Magazine site, there’s a nice overview (by Peter Ephross) of female (ex-)Soviet writers “who have carved a literary niche for themselves in North America.”
  • A profile of Rachela Krinsky (by yours truly) for the Forward; Krinsky is one of the “dramatis personae” featured in the new book by David E. Fishman, The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis.
  • The Jewish Week‘s fall literary guide is out, and among other highlights, you’ll find there Sandee Brawarsky’s take on Reuven (Ruby) Namdar’s Sapir Prize-winning novel The Ruined House, now available in an English translation by Hillel Halkin.
  • And ICYMI: a couple of #JewLit items were featured over on my Midweek Notes post this week on the Practicing Writing blog.
  • Shabbat shalom!

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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.

  • “12 Jewish Artist-Educators You Should Know” (via eJewishPhilanthropy).
  • Ahead of this weekend’s Boston Book Festival, JewishBoston.com’s Judy Bolton-Fasman interviews Daphne Kalotay, whose Holocaust-related short story “Relativity” is being featured as the winning entry in the festival’s One City One Story contest.
  • Writers I know are buzzing about this new opportunity for kidlit authors to travel to Israel.
  • Hadassah Magazine is looking for freelancers to write about arts and culture, trends and important issues shaping the Jewish community. Journalism experience is required.” For more information/application instructions, scroll down for the call in this Hadassah Magazine newsletter.
  • And ICYMI: Last Friday the Forward published a new essay of mine, about my return to Hebrew School.
  • Shabbat shalom!

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