Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
  • Among the books on my tbr list is a review copy of the New American Haggadah, whose novelist creators attracted the attention of The New York Times last weekend. (For more about the new Haggadah, see Jeffrey Goldberg, who makes an important guest appearance in the NYT article. Or check out Amy Meltzer’s Homeshuling post, where you can also enter a giveaway and perhaps win a copy of the New American Haggadah for yourself.)
  • The Patagonian Hare, an English version of Claude Lanzmann’s memoir, translated by Frank Wynne, is out this week. Carlin Romano writes about it.
  • In the new Atlantic, Joseph O’Neill writes about Philip Roth and “The American Trilogy.”
  • From Israel, Judy Labensohn shares “The Writing Workshopper’s Prayer.”
  • There’s a new book club in town.
  • Shabbat shalom!

    Oseh Shalom


    A fabulous video of a few moments from the recent Debbie Friedman Memorial Concert at HUC-JIR (Jerusalem). I love this arrangement. It is astonishing to realize (again) how Debbie Friedman influenced so many of us in our connections to our Judaism. May she rest in peace.

    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

  • Beautiful essay by Thomas Israel Hopkins on Tablet, on grieving, Jewishly, for a non-Jewish parent.
  • Anna Solomon’s Little Bride continues to attract lots of attention. See Judy Bolton-Fasman’s post for The Forward‘s Sisterhood blog for some especially interesting thoughts.
  • Kevin Haworth revisits “The Catskills” for Defunct, “a literary repository for the ages.”
  • Poet and professor Rick Chess reflects on Amichai, Asheville, and more.
  • Last call! Come join us on Sunday afternoon to talk about “Looking Backward: History, the Holocaust, and Literary Writing in the Third Generation.”
  • Shabbat shalom!

    Looking for a Holy Day Service?

    From a press release received this week:

    Synagogues across the country are also stepping up to the plate to meet the needs of the next generation of Jewish people. Many of these synagogues have been collected into a single database that specializes in publicizing these dynamic services. No Membership Required is a free and comprehensive online database of synagogues across the country that offer social, engaging and educational Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for non-members. It lists Synagogue details (and prices where relevant) and indicates what range of services are offered including additional programs such for youth, teen, and explanatory services.

    Anyone interested in learning more about the No Membership Required service … can visit the website www.nomembershiprequired.com.

    Words of the Week: David Breakstone

    “The very best Israel education that money can buy will not assuage [American rabbinical students’] profound sense of estrangement from this country as long as this Jewish state of ours refuses to accept their status as rabbis and legitimize the Judaism of their congregants. As with diplomacy, good pedagogy is no substitute for good policy.”
    –David Breakstone

    See the full, truthful, and sadly important editorial via eJewish Philanthropy.