About Me

I am currently a graduate student in English literature at Berkeley. Before that, I was a Dorot fellow in Israel, and before that, I helped start Open Zion, a group blog that was curated by journalist Peter Beinart and based at The Daily Beast. I’ve written for The New Republic, TheAtlantic.com and The Jewish Daily Forward, inter alia. I occasionally tweet @RaffiMagarik; my work has been translated into Yiddish and Arabic. I graduated Yale with BA in English. I’ve studied rabbinics at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa and Yeshivat Hadar—where I have also taught—and I interned at “Room for Debate,” the online opinion forum of The New York Times. I also teach for Kevah. I once lived in Uganda for three months, and I like to bake clafoutis.


3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Dear Raphael,

    I’m writing to see if you might be interested in submitting your work to a new literary-cultural print quarterly called “The Bad Version.” We focus on nonfiction writing that, grounded in the personal experience of the writer, attempts to engage with the larger cultural, social, and political issues confronting our world today. We came across your writing in our search for new voices (both your fiction at Shibboleth and your nonfiction at The Atlantic and Zion Square), and you are exactly the kind of young, up-and-coming writer we would love to work with.

    You can check out our website here: http://www.thebadversion.com. We recently put out our second issue, and you can read all of the content on the website. You can also see our submission guidelines here: http://thebadversion.com/submit-to-the-bad-version. We would love to hear from you if you have anything you’d be interested in writing, or any ideas that you would like to work towards making into a piece. We have a talented group of editors who are ready to work with writing at any stage of completion.

    Do let us know if you’d be interested!

    All the best,

    Sanders I. Bernstein
    Editor, The Bad Version

  2. Hi Raphael!

    Read a couple of your blog posts from forward.com and think you have very interesting perspective as a rising writer/blogger. I’m a fellow Yalie and working on a journalism startup that desperately needs voices such as yours! Would you be interested in giving us some feedback and possibly posting on our site? It’s called Perooz and in the early MVP stage (www.perooz.io). You can also see us on twitter @PeroozNews.

    I’ll shoot you over an email as well but just wanted to say, loved your posts!


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