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York and the Jews


by Alberta Weinberg York is described in travel guides as a beautiful medieval city with Roman walls and a magnificent cathedral. My husband, Ken, and I planned to head north to Edinburgh from London stopping along the way at York. We didn’t know about the terrible history of the Jews of York whose lives ended in Clifford’s Tower in 1190. ... Read More »

Redeeming Haim Hazaz

by Darren Pinsker When the Israeli writer Haim Hazaz died in 1973, his reputation was so lofty in the world of modern Hebrew letters that one observer would write in the Jewish Book Annual, “He was one of Israel’s most honored writers of fiction and one of her most influential thinkers.” Upon the tenth anniversary of his death, the Israeli ... Read More »

Cycling Through Jewish Europe


by Michael Lyon On an overcast late summer day, we were cycling north of Prague along the Elbe River, on the way to Hamburg, when we rolled into the ghostly former Terezin concentration camp.  The Germans had established the camp in an old fortress and prison, and had intended it initially as a demonstration for the Red Cross and others ... Read More »

Anti-Semitism: Misdiagnosed in America?

In our March/April issue, we explore the thorny and ever-present issue of anti-Semitism: Where does it come from? Why does it persist? Here we highlight one of 34 responses, from Hasia Diner, professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. “I am always suspicious of the way ‘anti-Semitism’ is used—it is an easy, convenient label used to end ... Read More »

Anti-Semitism: Where Does It Come From? Why Does It Persist?

In our March/April issue, we examine two big questions with deep contemporary resonance: Where does anti-Semitism come from? Why does it persist? Here we highlight one response, from Jeremy Cohen, the author of several books, including The Friars and the Jews: The Evolution of Medieval Anti-Judaism and Christ-Killers, the Jews and the Passion, from the Bible to the Big Screen, and professor of European ... Read More »

My Last Soviet Summer

by Maxim D. Shrayer By summer of 1986, my parents and I had been refuseniks for 8 years. A 19-year-old university student, I took part in a two-month-long expedition across Russia. Leaving Moscow in June of 1986 meant trying to put behind the ever-present signs of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. A sense of panic had given way to a dulled ... Read More »

A Symposium on Anti-Semitism: Where does it come from and why does it persist?

The oldest hatred is by some accounts alive and well, by others an overused epithet. Moment Magazine talked with thinkers from around the globe for a critical and surprisingly nuanced examination of anti-Semitism’s origins and staying power. A symposium with: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Michael Barkun, David Berger, Bent Blüdnikow, Robert Chazan, Phyllis Chesler, Jeremy Cohen, Irwin Cotler, Mohammed S. Dajani ... Read More »

Aaron David Miller on the Middle East’s “Angry, Dysfunctional” Future

by Wesley G. Pippert Aaron David Miller, an adviser on the Middle East for six secretaries of state, believes that the next few years in the region will be much like the present–“broke and angry and dysfunctional.” Israel, he says, “will keep on keeping on.” In a wide-ranging conversation with Moment editors and staff members, Miller, now 65, was asked ... Read More »

Seeing the Face of Our Neighbor


by Alfred Munzer This January, I was invited to speak at Scotland’s observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day. I was born in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, and over the past 30 years I have shared the story of my family and of the family that rescued me countless times. But speaking at the observance in Scotland turned out to be an entirely ... Read More »

Q&A: Glenn Dynner on Yankel’s Tavern: Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland


By Josh Tapper The history of Jews in 18th- and 19th-century Poland is often a history of anti-Semitism, of social and economic isolation at the hands of a suspicious majority Christian population. But what if, under the surface, there was a strong element of comity between Jews and Christians? That’s what Glenn Dynner, a professor of Jewish Studies at Sarah ... Read More »