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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

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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.

  • A treat from HevriaCast: an episode featuring Rachel Kann.
  • Over on the Library Journal site: “Israel in Fiction: Celebrate Jewish Book Month with These Titles by Israeli Authors,” a wonderful overview by Rachel Kamin.
  • Registration is now open for the Jewish Book Council’s Jewish Writers’ Seminar in New York. (I’ll be there!)
  • Via eJewish Philanthropy, I’ve discovered the intriguing Hewish Studio Project. Its Studio AM “is a new creative arts studio in the Bay Area that lifts up the creative potential in each person and offers an accessible, inspiring and creative pathway into Jewish connection and community.” Note an upcoming “immersive” event, to take place in January, for which applications are due November 20. (Partial scholarships may be available.)
  • And this week my the U.K.’s Jewish Chronicle published my latest “View from the U.S.A.” column. In this installment, I look back on where I was—and what I was thinking—one year ago.
  • 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.

  • New issue alert! Lilith‘s fall 2017 edition is now available!
  • A Twitter thread on the Unetaneh Tokef prayer—featuring the Israel in Translation podcast, Matti Friedman, and yours truly.
  • “Baltimore Jewish Times, a nearly century-old weekly news magazine and multi-platform digital publication covering the Baltimore region’s diverse Jewish community, is looking for an enthusiastic, community-minded reporter to join our Owings Mills-based news team full time.”
  • A mini-festival of Israeli literature is coming to New York.
  • And I am immensely proud to present my first column for the U.K.’s Jewish Chronicle.
  • Shabbat shalom, and a meaningful fast and holiday to all who will be observing.

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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.

  • Over on the On Being blog: a beautiful poem, “Reasons for Liturgy,” by my friend Amy Gottlieb.
  • “Reading novels published in the last year by some of America’s best Jewish writers, I found myself struck by a recurring character—Israel. That Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am and Joshua Cohen’s Moving Kings both feature Israel and Israelis as important plot devices might have been a coincidence. But then this fall came Nathan Englander’s Dinner at the Center of the Earth and Nicole Krauss’s Forest Dark, both of which are set mostly in Israel. Something’s going on.” Over on the Jewish Review of Books site, Matti Friedman explores.
  • In “Where Crime Fiction Meets the Talmud,” over on Electric Literature, we’re told that “Tod Goldberg’s gangster-turned-rabbi series is the madcap spiritual noir you didn’t know you were looking for.” I’m intrigued.
  • As the publicist who’s running it, I’m compelled to remind you that there’s still time to enter this giveaway for a chance to win the second volume of Rabbi Shai Held’s The Heart of Torah. (Some superb new attention to Rabbi Held and his work includes a conversation on WBEZ (Chicago)’s “Morning Shift” and marvelous profiles on JewishBoston.com and in The Jewish Week.
  • And ICYMI: two items of my own this week. For Tablet, I wrote something in response to a New York Times-suggested reading list. And right here on My Machberet, I published something that The New Yorker didn’t.
  • Happy 5778 and Shabbat (Shuvah) Shalom.

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