If you ask professors why they need tenure, the first words out of their mouths will undoubtedly be some variation of this phrase: “To guarantee academic freedom.” I’ve asked this question dozens, if not hundreds, of times. I have asked professors at both ends of
The pristine lawns and perfect sidewalks of this Chicago suburb made it a haven for Holocaust survivors—until the neo-Nazis decided to march. This is the story of survivors overcoming their reluctance to speak out, transforming themselves and the community they lived in. But that didn’t help Sonia Reich, who thought she saw yellow stars on her lawn.
What does it mean to be Jewish today? What do Jews bring to the world? Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elie Wiesel, Itzhak Perlman, Ruth Wisse, Geraldine Brooks and other thoughtful Jewish Americans tell Moment what they think.
Ask Jews what happens after death, and many will respond that the Jewish tradition doesn’t say or doesn’t care. But not so fast. When Moment asked an array of prominent Jewish thinkers, artists, writers and other doers to tell us what they think they’re headed for, the range was extraordinary.
Yossi Leshem—the world-renowned ornithologist and champion of Israel’s environmental movement—resembles a cross between a linebacker and an academic. Frameless glasses perched precariously on his nose, he speeds through Jerusalem’s narrow streets, simultaneously leaning down to fumble for a pamphlet about owls, answering his cell phone and informing me that it is too cloudy to bird-watch.
By Adina Rosenthal Move over “Angry Birds.” The newest up-and-coming iPhone app may be for revolutions. While social media platforms have become commonplace in both our vernacular and daily use, they have also played an important role in fomenting recent revolutions. In 2009, thousands took
By Benjamin Schuman-Stoler This eulogy for Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg found its way to us at ITM and we think it’s worth sharing with our readers. It is by Hillary Lewin, who met and became friends with the Holtzbergs in Mumbai. Many of you first
by David Paul Kuhn Al Franken leans over the scattered papers atop his desk. He puffs out his pasty cheeks. His round brown glasses seem slightly too small for his face. His brown eyebrows arch up and he grins like Jack Nicholson’s Joker in Batman.