As we enter the month of Elul, A Damaged Mirror Blog hosts the Jewish Book Blog Carnival, a monthly event where bloggers who write about Jewish books can meet, read, and comment on each others’ posts.
Welcome to the March Jewish Book Blog Carnival! Come in and see what books people are talking about this month.
What am I working on, you ask? Well, you didn’t ask, but I’m going to tell you anyway because this is really cool! I’m in the final stages of illustration and lay-out for a wonderful Seudat Hodaya “Hagaddah”. A Seudat Hodayah is a special meal that Jews host on the occasion of a near miss — healing from an illness, returning from a dangerous trip, or narrowly escaping an accident. In short, any occasion that reminds us of our own mortality and vulnerability.
How does one host a joint book club discussion with two separate groups of children of holocaust survivors, each of which is keen to protect its members’ privacy, and each of whose members are located all over the world? With the help of Facebook, some extraordinary cooperation, and a lot of good will, we achieved something unique, and learned a lot along the way.
Chaya Rosen, the founder of Art and Writings of Destruction and Repair, discusses writing as a tool of self-transformation with Yael Shahar, the author of A Damaged Mirror. How can story-telling become redemptive? What do names have to do with teshuvah–with returning to our better selves?
Why do we write what we write? How do we go about creating the worlds and moods that flow from mind to mind through the medium of words? Writers are, first and foremost, moodsmiths and only secondarily wordsmiths. This contribution to a multi-blog survey of writers around the world explores the process behind the words.
On March 25th 1943, Ovadya and his family arrived at Birkenau. His mother Malka and his sister Miryam were gassed on arrival. At seventeen, Ovadya had already outlived his world, though he was as yet unaware of it. His survival was to cost him dearly. On March 25th 2014, his story was officially released into the world. His promises to the dead were fulfilled and he had witnessed their fulfillment.