Moment tests the DNA of 15 notable American Jews—including Joshua Bell, Mayim Bialik, David Brooks, Alan Dershowitz, A.J. Jacobs, Robert Siegel and Tovah Feldshuh—to see if and how they are related. Surprise, surprise, they are! And how!
Sometime in my mid-teens, I asked to join the CYO basketball team at the parish church in my New Jersey hometown. For the uninitiated, CYO stands for Catholic Youth Organization, and it was the group to which my two best friends belonged. Jimmy Lyons lived across the street from me, and Tim Mulligan was his buddy from parochial school. Needless to say, I was Jewish.
Republicans have made Israel their wedge issue. Democrats should make women’s rights theirs.
Americans are tired of politicians who wear their religion on their sleeves.
Until the separation of church and state, the colonies were a hotbed of persecution.
Swift acceptance of gays by the Israeli Defense Forces in 1993 helped transform Israel into one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world. Moment looks at the history—and the future—of the gay rights movement in Israel, from the rainbow flag-strewn streets of Tel Aviv to the more traditional enclave of Jerusalem.
For centuries, political philosophers have thought of democracy as a Greek idea, but it turns out there are a myriad of ways to attribute democratic ideas to the Jewish people. Noah Feldman, Jodi Kantor, Ruth Wisse, Ed Koch, Shlomo Avineri and others weigh in.