Moment’s Top Stories of 2023

Our Most-Read Articles of the Past Year
By | Dec 20, 2023
Moment's Most-Read Stories of 2023

The Top 10 Most-Read Stories of 2023

As we come to the end of this challenging year, Moment takes a look back at the stories that shaped the American Jewish conversation in 2023. From our coverage of Israeli democracy to American politics to the E-Street Band, here are Moment’s most-read stories from 2023.


Opinion | Degrees of Evil in Israel’s Calamity

In our most-read story of 2023, Israeli historian and writer Fania Oz-Salzberger, reflecting on the horrors of October 7th, discusses the state of the war, the government’s response and what comes next. Oz-Salzberger speaks not just to the many evils of the crisis, but to the importance of resistance.


The ReAwaken America promotional image, featuring Team Jesus (Greg Clarke, Michael Flynn, Mike Lindell, and others) against team Satan (Klaus Schwab, Yuval Noah Harari, Bill Gates, George Soros, and others) over images of Donald Trump's Miami and Las Vegas hotels. The man opposite the serpent is Kim Clement, a self-acclaimed prophet who supposedly foretold the influence of the tour's founder, Clay Clark.

ReAwaken America Tour Fuses Trumpism and Christian Nationalism

With antisemitism on the rise, Moment online editor, Noah Phillips, profiles the ReAwaken America tour, a conservative revival featuring Q-Anon conspiracists, election denial and Christian apocalypticism. As the 2024 election approaches, understanding these forces in the GOP is more important than ever.


Interview | Max Weinberg, King of the Beat

In our 3rd most-read article of 2023, Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein interviews legendary E-Street Band drummer Max Weinberg, who talks about music, prayer and what it was like to grow up Jewish in Jersey. The prolific drummer opens up about his passion for the beat in this unique and exclusive conversation.


Opinion | Friends of Israel, Be Very Afraid

In what now seems like a lifetime ago, in the wake of the new right-wing government’s controversial judicial changes, Fania Oz-Salzberger warns of dark days ahead for Israeli democracy. And, while the threat seems to have been largely subsumed by the ongoing Gaza conflict, for friends of Israel, the issue of the government’s delicate equilibrium remains critical.

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No, Jews Aren’t Being Erased—We’re Just Sharing the Pie

Coming in at number 5, Moment’s Opinion and Book Editor, Amy E. Schwartz, offers a poignant rebuttal to a Tablet column by Jacob Savage about the meaning of dwindling Jewish presence and power in American life. Schwartz argues that, rather than portending a crisis, what Savage observes is merely a realignment, where Jews are increasingly sharing the pie.


Will the Third Temple Survive its 75th Year?

In our 6th most read article, Fania Oz-Salzberger paints a grim picture of a democracy in danger. On Israel’s 75th anniversary, Oz-Salzberger warns of the government’s existential threat to Israeli democracy and the threat that poses to the Third Temple, the State of Israel. And, even as the war with Hamas rages, democracy advocates have continued their struggle.


Meet the Five New Jewish House Members

With the 2022 midterms finally in the rear-view mirror, Moment senior editor Dan Freedman introduces the five new Jewish lawmakers in the house of representatives (not including the now former Representative Santos). As 2024 approaches, we expect to see more new Jewish congressman.

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Texas to Execute Jewish Man on World Day Against the Death Penalty

At number 8, Martine Schwan details the story of Jedidiah Murphy, a convicted murderer who became an observant Jew in prison. A myriad of Jewish and non-Jewish non-profits organizations hoped to stay Murphy’s execution, but he was killed on October 10.


Miami Is Changing—So Are Miami’s Jews 

Older, secular, Ashkenazi retirees, once the backbone of Miami’s Democratic stronghold, are being replaced by a younger, more religious, more diverse and more conservative Jewish community, reports Moment contributor Tom Gjelten in our 9th most-read story of 2023. From Jewish refugees fleeing Cuba and Venezuela, to Republican policies on school choice, Gjelten details just how Miami, and its Jews, are changing.


Montana Rep (And Rabbi) Confronts Christian Lawmakers after Invocation Cancellation

At number 10 Dan Freedman tells the story of a Democratic state representative (and Rabbi) facing the specter of Christian Nationalism in ruby red Montana. And as 2024 approaches, the importance of religious pluralism, particularly in one-party states, becomes ever more evident.

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