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What We’re Reading: George Johnson


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 »

A Jewish State? Einstein and Opponents in 1944


by Harold Ticktin I recently plucked a yellowed 95-cent paperback from my burgeoning backlog–one called The Jews Among the Nations, published in 1967 by Erich Kahler, a 20th-century European-American literary scholar. It was not the volume itself that proved valuable, but its appendix, a stunning documentation of an event about which I never had the remotest information. The author attached ... Read More »

Sweets & Symbols on Rosh Hashanah

apples & honey

It’s almost time for Rosh Hashanah, the sweetest holiday of the year. In case you need a little easing into the holiday spirit, here’s culinary columnist and author of 1,000 Jewish Recipes Faye Levy to remind us of the significance of the holiday table and share a few of her favorite dishes. Shana Tovah! What is the significance of eating apples ... Read More »

Behind the Scenes at East Ramapo


Last Sunday, listeners of This American Life caught an hourlong episode devoted to the story of a school district in East Ramapo, New York, an area whose residents include a mix of African-Americans, Latinos and ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic Jews–and where 2/3 of the school-age children are Jewish. The religious Jews–whose children generally attend private religious schools (yeshivas)– grew frustrated with the financial burden ... Read More »