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The Third Man and Me: A Halloween Tradition

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by Hillel F. Damron My love affair with The Third Man began many years ago. It was a sunny, hot summer day in Tel Aviv, and the cool and darkness of the small art-deco cinema theater–I believe it was the Paris Cinema Theater, creaking wooden chairs and all–was too tempting to resist, even if the advertised film was an old ... Read More »

Bringing the Pew to the Bench: Moment/Newseum Discussion on How Religion Influences Supreme Court Justices

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On October 27, Moment and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute partnered to bring a provocative discussion on religion and the Supreme Court. Read More »

A Milestone at the Western Wall

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by Marilyn Cooper Mar Cheshvan’s Rosh Hodesh, the monthly holiday celebrating the new moon, is traditionally associated with bitterness because Cheshvan contains no holidays. But now there will be a happier historic association with the month: Last Friday in Jerusalem, following centuries of Jewish women being denied full access to the Western Wall, the first ever complete bat mitzvah ceremony ... Read More »

What We’re Reading: George Johnson

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Here, we share what Moment editors are reading and watching, from news to novels. Up this week is senior editor George Johnson, who recently explored the Jewish origins of the evil eye for our September/October issue. Johnson has been immersed in the literature and history of World War I of late, in honor of its 100th anniversary.  Lawrence in Arabia (not of Arabia), by ... Read More »

A Moment with Gary Shteyngart

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After three novels chronicling the experiences of Russian-Jewish immigrants in America, Gary Shteyngart has turned his attention to a nonfiction version of the story–his own. His memoir, Little Failure, was released this year to much acclaim–the New York Times called it “raw, comic and deeply affecting.” Moment‘s Sala Levin talked with Shteyngart about the respective advantages of fiction and nonfiction, what he’s learned about his ... Read More »

HRC’s Sharon Groves on Gay Rights in Religious Communities

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It’s been an eventful month for the gay rights movement. Last Monday, the Supreme Court declined to review rulings overturning bans on same-sex marriage in five states—meaning 30 states will likely soon allow same-sex marriage. Then, Rabbi Gil Steinlauf of DC’s largest Conservative synagogue, Adas Israel, came out in a heartfelt letter to his congregation. This week, two days after National Coming ... Read More »

How “Anti-Semite” Miklos Horthy Saved the Jews of Budapest

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By Eliezer M. Rabinovich In 1944, Hungarian Regent Miklós Horthy saved more Jews than anyone else in the world. Yet today, next to the efforts of heroic diplomats like Carl Lutz and Raoul Wallenberg, Horthy has become a forgotten footnote to history. The reason? At first glance, Horthy—a self-proclaimed anti-Semite and anti-Communist—was not exactly a hero for the textbooks. But the ... Read More »

Reader-Submitted Stories of Jews and Civil Rights

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In honor of the yearlong anniversary of America’s historic Civil Rights Movement, Moment is collecting and sharing stories about Jews’ role in the movement. Here are two more, submitted by our readers. Responses have been edited and condensed for clarity. The Speech that Spurred the Voting Rights Act Murray White, son of Lee C. White, advisor to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. ... Read More »

Closing the Book of Life: A Jewish Forensic Expert on Death’s Mysteries

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For many Jews, the Day of Atonement marks a time for solemn reflection. After all is said and done—sins tallied, forgiveness asked, the Book of Life sealed shut—how did they measure up? As a forensic pathologist, Judy Melinek’s concerns are a little different. “It always makes me a bit worried,” says the San Francisco physician and bestselling author of Working Stiff: Two Years, ... Read More »

A Moment with Comedian Paul Reiser on His NYC Return

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Comedian Paul Reiser, best known for the hit 1990s TV sitcom Mad About You, is returning to the New York City stage to perform a stand-up routine for the first time in more than two decades. The event, which will take place at the Kaufman Music Center, is to raise funds for the nonprofit JazzReach. Reiser speaks to Moment Senior Editor ... Read More »