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“An Uneasy Union” Update: Couple to Marry Thanks to Rabbinate’s Change of Heart


Photo and story by Eetta Prince-Gibson. Our November/December cover story “An Uneasy Union” explained why, in Israel’s thriving democracy, marriage and divorce remain under the authority of the religious courts. Central to the story was the case of Shlomit and Alon Lavi, an Israeli couple of more than 10 years who had been prevented from re-marrying due to arcane religious laws ... Read More »

90th Birthday Tribute to the Legendary Theodore Bikel

Theodore Bikel

Thanks to all who joined us for a spectacular night of festivities and feting in honor of musical and acting legend Theodore Bikel. In case you missed it (or just want to see it again), here is a tribute video to our honoree. Read More »

The Precursor to “Gentleman’s Agreement”

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  by Rachel Gordan By 1948 it would seem like only one writer had successfully pulled off a popular novel about anti-Semitism. Laura Z. Hobson’s novel, Gentleman’s Agreement, had moved from serialized story in Cosmopolitan magazine in the fall of 1946 to bestselling novel in 1947 to Academy Award-winning film starring Gregory Peck in 1948. Considered trailblazing in its denunciation of “genteel anti-Semitism,” ... Read More »

Rabbi Joachim Prinz: The Jewish Leader Who Bridged Two Journeys, From Slavery to Freedom

Prinz and King

Rabbi Joachim Prinz’s moment at the podium represented the fulfillment of both the prophetic Jewish role in history and of his life’s journey. Read More »

The Third Man and Me: A Halloween Tradition


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


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


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


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 »