Jewish Word | Tsuris

21:34 31 December
Nobody Knows the Tsuris I’ve Seen… “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen,” laments an African-American spiritual. In Yiddish, this feeling is encapsulated by the word tsuris—variously defined as troubles, worries, aggravation, woes, suffering, grief or heartache. In other words, “tsuris is what nudniks have and

Uncle Xenon: The Elemental Oliver Sacks

02:40 31 December
Oliver Sacks opens the door of his lower Manhattan apartment himself because his assistant, Kate Edgar, is in the emergency room with a twisted ankle. He looks somewhat befuddled, although he is expecting us. He is neither tall nor short, slightly round in the middle

The New Normal

18:43 20 September
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.

Is There Such a Thing as the Jewish People?

14:54 28 July
Interviews by Moment Staff Adin Steinsaltz Jewish peoplehood is always central. It comes before the Jewish nation or the Jewish state. We live in modern times, but our peoplehood is still essential, primitive. We never ceased to be a clan or tribe. This is expressed

Do We Divide The Holiest Holy City?

20:25 08 May
Jewish and Arab writers—Amos Elon, Hillel Halkin, Etgar Keret, Amos Oz, Naomi Ragen, Meir Shalev, Sayed Kashua, Ali Khalili, Ghassan Khatib, Ali Qleibo and Elias Zananiri—describe their visions of Jerusalem’s future.

Jews Do the Darndest Things (On Passover)

15:54 23 March
Congratulations to the winners of our Passover giveaway, each of whom will win a copy of New American Haggadah, edited by Jonathan Safran Foer and translated by Nathan Englander. We asked for your family’s favorite Passover tradition or memory; the winners (of a very tough

Book Review | Jerusalem: The Unholy Story

03:16 05 March
By Arieh O’Sullivan Jerusalem is in an awful location. There’s no water. It’s far from any main trade route, surrounded by mountains, and sitting on an earthquake fault. It shouldn’t even exist. Writer Herman Melville described it during his 1856 visit as a “half-ruinous pile

Moment-Karma Foundation Fiction: Infections

02:33 05 March
By Dalia Rosenfeld The onion Lotzi was eating could be smelled five floors below him in the entrance to Migdal Zahav, the Golden Tower of Jerusalem, where he lived. Lotzi always waited for me to arrive before retrieving his knife from the cupboard, a gesture

What Does the Concept of the Messiah Mean Today?

02:25 05 March
Amos Oz I’m a secular Jew. I am in dire need of sober political leadership, not of a messiah. But let me tell you this. In Judaism, the messianic idea is only reliant in the future tense. Any Jewish messiah in Israel being transformed into