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Book Interview | Elizabeth Graver Tells the Family Story Behind ‘Kantika’
In Kantika, Rebecca—who is both a dressmaker and a beauty—is interested in manipulating surfaces and self-fashioning.
Explainer: The Key Judicial Reforms Tearing Israel Apart: An Interview with Michael Koplow
Israeli’s judicial system differs from the U.S.’s in more than just details. Who’s protesting what, who has the upper hand, and what, exactly, is on the table?
Memoir | Only Living Bodies Bleed
All the years that I was religious, I couldn’t find the good in the forced separation around menstruation. It made me feel like my very essence, the soft and miraculous parts of my womanhood, was distasteful, to be kept at a distance.
Beshert | When the Love of Your Life Practically Falls through Your Ceiling
As I assessed the damage, saved my cat from drowning in the puddles in my living and dining rooms, and watched the light fixtures in my bathroom slide down the wall, I couldn’t know that I was about to meet the love of my life.
If All the Seas Were Ink with Ilana Kurshan
If All the Seas Were Ink is a memoir of a young, recently divorced American-Israeli, living in Jerusalem, whose personal struggles lead her to take on the practice of Daf Yomi, reading a page from the Talmud every day for seven years. Kurshan’s inspiring memoir about learning how to put one foot in front of the other is a winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. In conversation with Moment book review editor Amy E. Schwartz.
At JC3, Judaism Blossoms Among the Expats of San Miguel
Much like the Mexican town in which it’s located, JC3 is freewheeling, nonconformist and unabashedly unaffiliated.
Ceasefire in Gaza, Mixed Messages in DC
ReAwaken America Tour Fuses Trumpism and Christian Nationalism
The tour’s organizer claims that the COVID-19 vaccine is a bioweapon containing “luciferase,” which Bill Gates created by combining cryptocurrency technology with Jeffrey Epstein’s DNA to create a new species of human.
Wisdom Project | Eleanore Carsons, 104
Seeking Revenge After the Holocaust with Dina Porat and Amy E. Schwartz
Join Dina Porat, Professor Emerita of Modern Jewish History at Tel Aviv University and former Chief Historian of Yad Vashem, for a discussion about her latest book Nakam: The Holocaust Survivors Who Sought Full-Scale Revenge.
From 1999 | After Arafat
After Abbas: Palestinian Unification or Into the Lion’s Den?
Is Abbas positioning someone from his inner circle to take over? Polls suggest Palestinians would prefer someone from Hamas or—most strikingly—a person who is currently serving multiple life sentences in an Israeli prison.
Film Review | Jerusalem Balagan
After Abbas | Interview with Avi Melamed
After Abbas: A Special Report
Moment spoke to four analysts about possible scenarios in the post-Abbas era, and examined the legacy of his years of leadership of a fractured, occupied and armed Palestinian body politic.
After Abbas | An Interview With Menachem Klein
After Abbas | An Interview With Itamar Marcus
An Interview With Khalil Shikaki
The Debate over Dianne Feinstein
We can all hope that Senator Feinstein is able to draw on the strength of her Judaism and proceed on her life’s path with dignity, mindful of her incumbent duty.
Speaking for the Silenced: From the Inquisition to the Holocaust with Richard Zimler and Sarah Breger
Zimler discusses life as an American Jew in Portugal, how Jewish history had been erased from Portuguese memory and the role of generational trauma in our lives today.
He’s Running. Again.
Is it safe to guess that Biden has little to worry about with Jewish voters?
I just read the article about the film Four Winters (“Tales of Rifles and Resistance” Winter 2023) and I thought it was terrific—detailed and evocative.
Essay | The Women Who Shaped Israel
Today’s societal breakdown may seem like it’s left versus right, or secular versus religious. In reality it’s also about the role of women.
Ask the Rabbis | What Does Israel Reaching 75 Mean in the Context of 3,000 Years of Jewish History?
These 75 years of the existence of the State of Israel do not just resolve 2,000 years of exile but bring to a climax 3,000 years of Jewish history.
The Growing Threat of Christian Nationalism with Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Katherine Stewart, Eric K. Ward and Robert Siegel
Join our distinguished panelists to learn why we should be paying attention to the rise of Christian nationalism and what can be done about it. They will also discuss how Christian nationalism overlaps with white nationalism and intersects with antisemitism, racism and other forms of hate and extremism.
Analysis | Scenes from a Memorial Day Like No Other
When the government breaks its bond with the public, everything becomes politicized and even our most sacred narratives can no longer be taken for granted.
10 Innovations of Israeli Technology
Why has Israel been such a powerhouse of tech incubation and innovation?
Is Yom Ha’atzmaut’s Date All but Moot?
Israel declared Independence on 5 Iyar, but it took effect on 6 Iyar. Which was May 15—but May 14 in the United States. Except on Mondays…
From the Editor | Finding a Balance Between Israel and the Diaspora
The Jewish past and future demand both a homeland and a diaspora, and it is our ongoing responsibility to find a balance between them.
Talk of the Table | A Feast to Celebrate 75 Years
In honor of Israel’s 75th birthday I created a menu that serves as a culinary representation of the newborn State of Israel in 1948, with dishes demonstrating the nascent nation’s human diversity
Spice Box | There Lived a Country Boy Named Johnnie B. Goy
Officer? This guy just cut me off.
The State of the Jewish State
That Israel’s existence is miraculous is clear—as every respondent made sure to let us know—but the rest, like everything in Judaism, is up for debate.
An Interview with Gidon Bromberg | When Water = National Security
“Politicians speak of disengagement, like ‘Israel’s disengaged from Gaza.’ Well, environmentally, that’s bullshit,” says Bromberg. “It’s impossible to disengage from a shared environment.”
Is Holocaust Education Feeding Antisemitism?
Some say efforts to educate children of all backgrounds about the most evil result of antisemitism may actually be fueling.
All the Rivers with Dorit Rabinyan
Dorit Rabinyan is a two-time awardee of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Hebrew Literary Works. She was born in Israel to a family that emigrated from Iran. All the Rivers is the story of a romance between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, based on the author’s own experiences.
Poem | Fruit of the Land
The fig tree’s fruit falls to the ground, Its purpled flesh still burning.
Moment Debate | Has the Word Zionism Outlived its Usefulness?
Because different people use it in so many different ways, we end up talking past each other, especially in conversations between those who say they support Zionism and those who say they oppose it.
Visual Moment | Israeli Artist Sigalit Landau’s Immersion in the Dead Sea
The art Landau has created in this primal moonscape, the lowest land-based elevation on earth, explores the dualities of life and death, injury and healing, destruction and hope—a central theme of the current exhibition and a motivating force behind Landau’s art.
Jewish Word | Israel: What’s in a Name?
Israel was not considered as a name for the new Jewish state until late in the deliberations.
Taking a Break from Battling Trump, DeSantis Heads to Israel
Meir Shalev’s Distinctive Israeli Voice
Though Shalev is gone, he deserves a wider reading in America.
The Mensch in the Bench
Recipe | JERUSALEM KUGEL
Antisemitism Monitor Country Profile: Romania
In January, the Bucharest city council voted down a motion calling for the removal of a bust of a Nazi collaborator.
Wisdom Project | Erika Hassan, 92
Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, in 1931, Erika Hassan survived the Holocaust in the mountains before emigrating to the United States in 1946.
Opinion | Beyond ‘Never Again’
How do we narrate the Shoah when the living consciousness of the Holocaust is gone? The natural human instinct for justice has been felled by time. What is left is the demand for accountability, transparency, memory.
Opinion | Israel, We’ve Got to Talk
At long last, we’re discovering that love has its limits.
From Nazi Granddaughter to Holocaust Scholar: Researching the Vatican’s Holocaust-Era Archives with Suzanne Brown-Fleming and Shana Penn
Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming, director of International Academic Programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, discusses what inspired her to study the Holocaust, why the Vatican archives are so important and what we can learn from them, as well as what it’s like to do this work knowing that her grandfather was a Nazi.
Drama in Israel Makes for New Partnerships in America
Book Review | America, Jews and Israel— It’s Complicated
The story of the interactions between Jews in Israel and the Jewish and gentile supporters of Israel in the United States is complex and colored by the unique conditions that led to Israel’s birth.
Literary Moment | Traveling the Land, Book in Hand
It is very difficult to come up with a catalog of books for a literary tour of Israel. No matter how long the list, there will always be disagreements and arguments about the canon, what is included and what is left out.
Book Review | A Writer Whose Stories Bite Deep
Her books have earned Reich a reputation for deep knowledge of Jewish subjects, among them ritual, history, culture and texts; experiences of Jewish women; varieties of religious (particularly Orthodox) observance; the Holocaust and its repercussions; and Israel.
Opinion Interview with Dahlia Lithwick | Do You Really Want That Abortion?
Deep-red Indiana isn’t a state you’d ordinarily look to as the leading edge of post-Roe v. Wade abortion politics—but a legal case there called into question whether Reform and Conservative Jewst need to be taken seriously as religious objectors.
On the Ground from Israel with Eetta Prince Gibson and Sarah Breger
Join Moment Israel Editor Eetta Prince-Gibson for a bird’s eye view of the situation: why were these reforms brought up in the first place and why are so many Israelis against it? What does this pause in talks by the government really mean?
Israel Update: Protests Pump the Brakes—for Now
Israel has slowed down, but it has not yet backed away from the brink.
Will the Third Temple Survive its 75th Year?
Why We Need to Help the Uyghur People in China NOW with Elfidar Iltebir, Elisha Wiesel, and Josh Rogin
As China’s Uyghur Muslim community continues to face persecution, including detention, forced sterilization and the deliberate erasure of their culture, what is the world doing to help?
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories with Etgar Keret
Etgar Keret is an award-winning writer who uses a deceptively casual style for his very short, absurd, often comical stories.
Alarming Rise of Antisemitic Behavior in Schools
Celebrities? Social media? Video games? Antisemitic bullying and graffiti in school is nothing new, but why are these incidents on the rise?
Is the Anti-Establishment “Woo-to-Q Pipeline” Antisemitic?
When celebrities like Russell Brand and Christiane Northrup talk about a global system enslaving humanity, do they just mean Jews?
Jarring, but Funny: History of the World Part II is a Fitting Sequel
The State of Antisemitism in America with Ted Deutch and Robert Siegel
AJC CEO Ted Deutch discusses trends identified in AJC’s recently released report “The State of Antisemitism in America 2022” and how this information can be used to combat growing antisemitism.
Are Democrats Becoming Anti-Israel?
Dems’ sympathy toward Israel has plunged to 38%, while sympathy toward Palestinians hit a record 49 %. What about GOP and Independent voters?
No, Jews Aren’t Being Erased—We’re Just Sharing the Pie
The numbers aren’t the problem with Savage’s argument: It’s the paranoid spin that’s unhealthy for the communal psyche.
How to Impress Others with Your TikTok Knowledge
As long as TikTok is still in operation, content abounds that is positive, negative and everything in between. Want to know more about how to counter antisemitism and promote good Jewish content?
Bulgarian Nazis: Now and Then
A look back at the Bulgarian Jewish community in the wake of Sofia’s annual neo-Nazi march getting cancelled in 2023.
Bookstagram Backlash for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative Goes Deep
provides funding to journalists to cover what is often unseen—the workings of prejudice and bigotry.
Golda Meir and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Pioneers of Women in Power with Pnina Lahav and Nadine Epstein
Join Pnina Lahav, author of The Only Woman in the Room: Golda Meir and Her Path to Power and Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein, author of RBG’s Brave and Brilliant Women: 33 Jewish Women to Inspire Everyone, for a conversation about these two brilliant women, the challenges they faced and overcame, how their gender impacts their legacy, their mentoring styles and why they are role models for everyone.
From 1988 | An Interview with UN Ambassador Benjamin Netanyahu
As part of our prelude to Moment’s upcoming Israel Issue, each week we will be posting articles from the archives on Israeli culture, history, and politics.
Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest- test
Rage Against the Rube Goldberg Machine
America’s first Jewish comedy superstar, Rube Goldberg drew Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoons that satirized industry and made him famous.
The Changing Relationship Between American Jews and Israel with Eric Alterman and Dan Raviv
Join Eric Alterman, author of We Are Not One: A History of America’s Fight Over Israel, for a look back at the early years of this important relationship, how support for the Jewish state has changed with each new generation of Jews in America.
Memoir | Digging Deeper
I knew that not all Jewish guys my age could be callow, shallow and immature, but eventually it dawned on me that I had bigger obstacles than my Jews-only mindset.
And the Bride Closed the Door by Ronit Matalon with Shulamit Reinharz
Mr. Smotrich Goes to Washington
Bezalel Smotrich will arrive Sunday for his first visit to the United States since joining Netanyahu’s government. Who is and isn’t he scheduled to meet with?
Teshuvah for Jimmy Carter
It’s time for the Jewish community to acknowledge the good that came from Carter’s presidency.
Explainer: How Bibi’s New All-Right Coalition is Responding to West Bank Violence
In the wake of the killing of the Yaniv brothers and the razing of Huwara, one MK hailed the “pogrom” as a success for Israeli security.
From 1984 | My Interview with Jimmy Carter
Four years after his presidency ended, Moment spoke to Jimmy Carter about Camp David, American Jews, human rights and more.
From 1984 | My Hour with Jimmy Carter
Moment co-founder Leonard Fein interviewed Jimmy Carter in 1984.
Ladino in Turkey: Rescuing an Endangered Language
A group of Turkish Jews is championing the revival of the 500-year-old Judeo-Spanish language
Telling Jewish Stories Through Music with Hershey Felder and Joe Alterman
Join Hershey Felder for a wide-open conversation about why he is compelled to tell these stories through music, how being Jewish has influenced his work and what Jewish music means to him.
Purim: The Jewish Halloween
Memoir | Grief and the Lemon Tree
Artist and writer Mindy Weisel reflects on grief, healing and legacy after the death of her father, Amram Deutsch.
Opinion | Is Our Fear of Antisemitism Poisoning Our Discussion of Israel?
Antisemitism is again on the rise, although the degree is subject to dispute.
A few lovingly chosen poems by Yehuda Amichai with Robert Alter
With eminent translator/critic Robert Alter, we take an in-depth look at a few of Amichai’s poems and unlock the secrets of their lasting appeal.
The Real Jews of Hogan’s Heroes with Walter J. Podrazik and Harry Castleman
Television historians Walter Podrazik and Harry Castleman discuss the often-overlooked Jewish backgrounds of several of the show’s actors.
With a Push and a Nudge, Biden Shows Bibi the Exit Ramp
How Much Do We Really Know About Hebrew Israelites?
The latest Wide River Project discussion also reflected how a conversation about difference can be informative, sincere and uncomfortable—and therefore productive.
Let the Comedians Say What They Want! with Judy Gold and Joe Alterman
Join Gold and Joe Alterman, executive director of Neranenah, for an in-depth conversation about the challenges facing today’s comedians—from censorship and the growing threat of cancel culture to the rise in antisemitism and its impact on telling jokes about one’s Jewish identity.
Wisdom Project | Ann Jaffe, 91
Born in Poland in 1931, Ann Jaffe and her family survived the Holocaust and emigrated to the United States, where Jaffe became a determined Holocaust educator.
Opinion | Friends of Israel, Be Very Afraid
Here is a tremendous clash of cultures, of contradicting Judaisms, finally out in the open.
The “Normalization” of Antisemitism with Gavriel D. Rosenfeld and Amy E. Schwartz
With so many reports of antisemitism on a daily basis, are people becoming desensitized and are these acts of hatred becoming normalized? Join Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, president of the Center for Jewish History, and professor of History at Fairfield University, and Moment Book & Opinion editor Amy E. Schwartz, for a conversation about this normalization and what we can do about it.
Analysis | In the Streets for Democracy
Throngs protested in Jerusalem over government plans to radically change the judiciary and more.
Doug Emhoff Is Meeting His Moment
Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff has become the most powerful player for Jewish Americans in the White House.
Update: Israeli Democracy Under Threat
The new government’s proposals have made the divisions in Israeli society worse.
Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition
Visionary Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim’s paintings, drawings, sculptures and collages demonstrate both a daredevil freedom and an obdurate determination.
Who Are the Hebrew Israelites? with Andre E. Brooks-Key, Eric K. Ward and Nadine Epstein
Join us as we take a deep dive into the origins of Hebrew Israelites, the movement today and its impact on Black-Jewish dialogue.
An Interview with Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt
“Antisemitism is like the canary in the coal mine of democracy,” says the U.S. special envoy for monitoring and combating antisemitism.
From the Newsletter | Honor Thy Children—and Elders Too
The more honoring we do of people of all ages, the better for everyone.
Lessons from Ilhan Omar’s Removal from the Foreign Affairs Committee
The vote was further proof that the question isn’t where to draw the line between criticism of Israel and antisemitism. It’s all about politics.
Film Review | The Offering
Chaya Sara Oppenheim’s review of The Offering combines a close reading of the film’s Jewish details as well as the bigger message of the meaning of family in the face of horror.
Back in Time to 1909: The Black Jewish Relationship and the founding of the NAACP with Lillie J. Edwards and Nadine Epstein
W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Henry Moskowitz, Rabbi Emil Hirsch, Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise, Lillian Wald and others came together to found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), launching a historic chapter in the fight for civil rights. Dr. Lillie J. Edwards, Professor Emerita of History and African American studies at Drew University discusses what was going on in 1909, the importance of this Black-Jewish coalition, and how the Black and Jewish communities can continue to work together to counter racism.
Meet the Five New Jewish House Members
Forget about the ‘Jew-ish’ guy. These five new members of Congress have real lives worth noting.
From the Newsletter | Holocaust Remembrance Day: Recall, Engage and Preserve. But Reimagine?
As the number of survivors shrinks, their experiences can be preserved, as new innovations allow us to hear those we’ve lost.
Who Will Replace the Last Eyewitnesses to the Holocaust?
Programs use storytelling and technology to allow students to be “second witnesses” to the Holocaust.
Why Were 99 Percent of Holocaust Murderers Never Prosecuted?
“If the man on the London bus was the impetus for committing to make the film, this man in his prized, hateful jacket validated that commitment.”
Kyiv Diary 1/26/23: Powerful Gifts from the United States
Donations of portable generators, lanterns and more spark hope and memories of assistance during WWII.
Escaping Auschwitz with Jonathan Freedland and Dan Raviv
Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland, author of The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World joins former CBS News correspondent and Moment contributor Dan Raviv for a conversation about the heroic efforts of Vrba and why his report did not achieve its goal—of ending the Nazi slaughter of the Jews.
Spice Box | When J-Date’s Not Good Enough
For frogs and boils, you’re on your own.
Ten Jewish TikTokers
As on other social media apps, there are plenty of prominent Jewish TikTokers who have built platforms for themselves on the ever-growing app.
Poem | Augury
We buy the house next door to my parents, because dread is proportional to the years.
Interview | Max Weinberg, King of the Beat
In a conversation with drummer Max Weinberg, a few things become clear after a beat or two.
Abortion Rights: Where Jewish Ultra-Orthodox and Christian Conservatives Meet
Moment Institute Fellow Nathan Guttman examines the beliefs and practices of the Haredim, specifically in regards to abortion rights.
I was pleased and surprised to read in Moment’s fascinating Role Model Project article (November/December) that Esther Wojcicki named Varian Fry as one of her role models.
An Interview with Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova
Accepting Moment’s Women in Power Award, Ambassador Markarova spoke about the importance of ongoing U.S. support for Ukraine, the challenges of serving in wartime and what it’s like to work with President Volodymr Zelenskyy.
Will Netanyahu Follow the High Court’s Order on Deri?
Wednesday’s ruling disqualifying Aryeh Deri from his ministerial positions has pushed the country into serious political turmoil.
Visual Moment | Tales of Rifles and Resistance
These are the words of Faye Schulman, who, at age 16 during World War II, fled to the forests outside her hometown of Lenin, Poland, after witnessing her entire family being executed by the Nazis.
Book Review | The Journey of a Baghdadi Dynasty
The Sassoons were Baghdadi Jewish merchants whose patriarch fled an autocratic Ottoman governor, first to Iran and then, in 1832, to Bombay (today’s Mumbai).
Talk of the Table | Waste with Taste: Peels, Stems, Tops and More
Recipes designed to minimize waste have been part of Jewish culture for generations.
The Educational Legacy of Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington with Dorothy Canter, Marian and Valerie Coleman, Stephanie Deutsch, Andrew Feiler and Aviva Kempner
A discussion about Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington’s historic partnership, the impact the Rosenwald schools had on the African American community and the importance of remembering and preserving their legacy.
Book Review | Degrade and Destroy
Michael Gordon explores America’s response to ISIS throughout the last few presidential administrations in great depth.
The Meaning of ‘Semicha’
How did a word that means “leaning” become the way to describe the act of becoming a rabbi?
Governor Josh Shapiro: Not Your Grandfather’s Jewish Politician
Shapiro isn’t the first Jewish governor, but he is the category’s leading exemplar—unafraid to talk about his faith but mindful that 97.7 percent of Pennsylvanians are not Jewish.
From Zero to Hate in Just a Tik and a Tok
I created a new TikTok account to see how long it would take for the algorithm to go down the “alt-right pipeline.” The result was shocking.
Setting Santos’s Congressional District Free
George Santos isn’t Jewish, but he could still benefit from listening to what the Jewish tradition has to say about truth.
Book Review | A Girl Who’s Born to Climb
Allegra Goodman’s new novel is the first “Read With Jenna” book of 2023.
Moment Debate | Will Changing the Law of Return Harm Israel-Diaspora Relations?
The Law of Return is a sacred bond between the Jews of the world and the State of Israel.
Opinion | Does the Law of Return Need Changing?
Israel’s 1950 Law of Return is the instrument through which the State of Israel has sought to fulfill two main goals: to be a refuge for all Jews, and to ensure Israel as a Jewish domain.
Opinion | The Neurosis of ‘Jewish Power’
Itamar Ben-Gvir heads an Israeli political party called Jewish Power.
Opinion | A Perilous Path for Republicans
Last February, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) issued a stinging rebuke of Marjorie Taylor Greene, the far-right Republican representative from Georgia, over her participation in the America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC), hosted by neo-Nazi demagogue Nick Fuentes.
From the Editor | First Encounters of a Hateful Kind
Everyone remembers the first time they encountered religious, ethnic or racial hatred.
Ask the Rabbis | What Jewish Wisdom Would You Offer Today’s Billionaires?
Best to hold on to it so you can enjoy your bounty, but make sure you leave some for me.
Opinion | Who’s Afraid of Ben-Gvir and Smotrich?
Israel’s most recent election results, in which the Israeli people slammed the door on left-wing politicians and completely voted out the extreme left-wing Meretz party, have allowed it to create the most right-wing government in the nation’s history.
The Musical Legacy of Leonard Cohen with David Broza and Amy E. Schwartz
Join David Broza and Moment Book & Opinion editor Amy E. Schwartz, for a conversation about Leonard Cohen, his legacy, why he was so beloved and what it was like to reimagine his songs.
Was ‘Mensch Mayor’ Steve Schewel Good for Durham’s Jews?
Former Mayor Steve Schewel may have turned Durham into a research and tech hub, but faced scrutiny from the city’s Jewish community along the way.
Wisdom Project | Donald J. Stone, 93
Dallas’s Don Stone is a gift that just keeps on giving—to the city’s schools, the arts, and, since the early 1980s, to Hebrew Union College.
The Good, the Bad and the Algorithm
A discordant and disturbing playfulness animates antisemitic content on TikTok. To be sure, there are more nefarious forms of antisemitism on the wildly popular video-sharing app, as well as content that attempts to counteract it.
America Responds to Bibi
Moment’s Nathan Guttman provides in-depth analysis of American politicians’ reactions to the reelection of Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s Prime Minister.
From the Newsletter | Sniffing Out the Messiah in 2023
2023 promises to be a tumultuous year. Instead of looking for saviors, let’s make it a year of study, justice, and love in our own lives.
Remembering My Colleague, Barbara Walters
Stuart Schwartz, former senior broadcast producer for ABC News, reflects on his experiences working with Barbara Walters, who passed this week.
12 Books That Made Us Think in 2022
Here are 12 books that made us think—one for each month of 2022—along with some of the books they made us think of reading next.
Moment Memoir | Shame, Names and the Mengele Tractor Factory
Netanyahu Rolls Out His New Government; Jewish Americans React
Kyiv Diary 12/26/2022: Light in the Winter Darkness
American synagogues are stepping up to the plate to help Ukrainian Jews get crucial supplies during this time of war and winter.
Wisdom Project | Rabbi Arthur Ocean Waskow, 89
“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.”
Moment’s Top 10 Most-Read Stories of 2022
A Musical Journey in Search of Iraqi-Jewish Roots with Yoni Avi Battat and Joe Alterman
Yoni Avi Battat discusses his journey into Jewish Arabic poetry, researching translations and tracking down rare editions of Arabic books so he could weave his Arab-Jewish ancestry into his music
After Corbyn’s Exit, Is the Labour Party Safe for UK’s Jews?
Sir Keir Starmer has sought to rid the party of far-left antisemitism. Has he succeeded enough for British Jews to trust the party again?
Crime or Crisis: Disentangling Mental Illness and Antisemitic Violence
Three years after the Hanukkah stabbing attack in Monsey, NY, both antisemitic attacks and mental health crises are still on the rise.
The Seifter Menorah: Fingerprints From a Vanished World
As is often the case with material culture, the Seifter menorah tells a complex story.
From the Newsletter | Let’s Make Hanukkah a Time to Remember Great Women
Returning the women of the Hanukkah story to the spotlight.
From The Rabbit Hole: Yanuka, the Youtube Antichrist
“Who has been hearing about the Jews allegedly finding a highly possible candidate for their Messiah?”
Who Edited Hanukkah Out of the Bible?
Why are the Maccabees—the account of the Jewish insurrection celebrated at Hanukkah—included in the Christian Bible, but not the Hebrew one?
Hanukkah: The Festival of Cheese with Vered Guttman
Potato latkes aren’t the only tradition on Hanukkah, there’s actually another-cheese! Join Israeli chef and food writer Vered Guttman to learn about the bravery of Judith, how she saved the Jewish people with salty cheese and why Hanukkah has become a Jewish celebration with a feminist angle for some. Guttman demonstrates how to make Polish syrniki cheese latkes, Moroccan sfinge doughnuts and Ukrainian pampushki (fried potato balls filled with cheese)
Can the Government Save America from Antisemitism?
The Power of Friendship: Dinners with RBG and others with Nina Totenberg and Nadine Epstein
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.
A Virulent Antisemitism: An Interview with Dr. Peter Hotez
Scientist and science advocate Dr. Peter Hotez explains the link between anti-science rhetoric and antisemitism in the wake of COVID-19.
Rabbis in States with Abortion Restrictions Find Hope in Interfaith Work
Jewish leaders in states with trigger bans hope interfaith activism may help them advocate for reproductive health.
Closing the Circle with an Old Comrade
Journalist Mark Pinsky reflects on his experiences after the Six-Day War with Max Haber and Norman Rosenbaum. Both men died, and Pinsky returns to Israel to find their graves.
A Wide Open Conversation with Ken Burns and Michael Krasny
Filmmaker Ken Burns joins award-winning journalist Michael Krasny, retired public radio host of KQED Forum, for a wide open conversation about Burn’s just released book Our America: A Photographic History and the new three-part series The U.S. and the Holocaust.
This program is part of a Moment series on antisemitism supported by the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation.
Trump’s Table: Heaps of Antisemitism with a Side of Possible Indictments
Israeli leaders won’t condemn Trump for dining with Ye and Nick Fuentes, but Netanyahu may have some advice for running for office while under indictment.
Jewish and LGBTQ Communities Stand Together Against Club Q Shooting
Aside from her pastoral responsibilities, Aviv, as one of the few lesbian rabbis in Colorado, feels this tragedy on a personal level.
‘Ukraine Never Asked for Blank Checks,’ says Ambassador Oksana Markarova
Kevin McCarthy aside, the Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S. feels the support from both the American people and their government.
Deborah Lipstadt‘s Mission to Fight Antisemitism
Lipstadt is the U.S. special envoy for monitoring and combating antisemitism and Moment’s 2022 RGB Human Rights Award.
From 2009 | The Pomegranate: A Rich and Holy History
Pomegranate designs were embroidered on the robes of the ancient high priests and adorned King Solomon’s temple