One of the great things about Moment is that through its 36-year history, it has documented breaking trends in Jewish life with insight and forward-looking prowess. Our last cover story, “A Woman Orthodox Rabbi?” made a splash in the Jewish community. But a peek through our archives unveiled that Moment was ahead of the curve on the evolution of women in Orthodox Judaism. Exactly 17 years ago, our cover story delved into the same issue, anticipating some of the breakthroughs that took nearly two decades to to come to fruition:
“It took me a long time, but I learned how to love people,” says Rabbi Arthur Waskow. “I realized I had been not-soft, not-loving. I’d been sharp and smart, maybe even partly wise, but not loving.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nina Totenberg were friends for nearly 50 years, meeting long before Ruth became a Supreme Court Justice and Nina an award-winning NPR journalist. They shared the ups and downs of life, the opera, shopping and so much more, and then during Justice Ginsburg’s final year of life, Saturday night dinners. Join NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, author of the new book Dinners with Ruth, for a conversation about the trailblazing paths they both created for future generations of women and the power of friendship. In conversation with Moment editor-in-chief, Nadine Epstein, author of RBG’s Brave and Brilliant Women.
Jewish leaders in states with trigger bans hope interfaith activism may help them advocate for reproductive health.
Fifty years ago, Sally Priesand was ordained as a Reform rabbi, the first woman clergy member in American Jewish history. To mark this anniversary, we asked rabbis, male and female, to reflect.
To address the child and maternal mortality crisis in Mali, Dr. Ari Johnson and Dr. Jessica Beckerman co-found Muso, a non-profit advancing child and maternal health which has developed a new, proactive model of universal health care in Mali. Today, Muso provides health care to more than 370,000 people and the communities it serves have achieved rates of child mortality lower than that of any country in Sub-Saharan Africa. Johnson and Beckerman join Moment Senior Editor George Johnson, who also happens to be Ari’s dad, for a conversation about the health care crisis in Africa and how the couples’ Jewish commitments have motivated and energized their inspirational work.
Well before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Israeli artist Keren Goldstein created the art installation She’s Gone which features the clothing of Israeli murdered victims of intimate partner violence. Goldstein and She’s Gone co-director and designer Adi Levy, along with Rachel Louise Snyder, award-winning author of No Visible Bruises, are in conversation about why assaults against women have been recorded in greater numbers worldwide since the start of the pandemic, what can be done about it and how the exhibit She’s Gone is protesting the global phenomenon of gender-based murder performed by spouses and other family members. Dr. Shoshannah Frydman, Executive Director of the Shalom Task Force shares how the Jewish community is helping to combat and prevent domestic violence and available resources.
This program is sponsored by Moment Magazine and is in partnership with The Moment Gallery, Remember the Women Institute, She’s Gone, Strongin Collection and in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel.
Anita Diamant’s latest book, Period. End of Sentence, which “explores the cultural roots of menstrual injustice,” goes boldly where no writer has gone before. The New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent is in conversation with Amy E. Schwartz, Moment’s Book and Opinion editor, about misogyny, her books—both fiction and nonfiction, her writing process, as well as her connection to Judaism that led to her founding the Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh.