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A Third-Generation Remembrance of Holocaust’s Horrors

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Today, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the horrors of the Holocaust loom large in the world’s collective memory. But for those who were personally affected, those horrors have never left. Born in the Displaced Persons camp of Bergen-Belsen, the son of two survivors of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, law professor Menachem Rosensaft has devoted his life to ... Read More »

The Last Laugh: “Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews” Reviewed

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by Andrea Greenbaum In 1996, I spent a year in smoky comedy clubs in Tampa, Florida to document the rhetorical style of standup comedians. I paid close attention to their narratives, their body language, and then, after their sets, interviewed them about their craft—how they integrated writing and speaking in a public space. I discovered that women standup comedians used ... Read More »

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jews in the Civil Rights Movement

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This weekend we honor civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr, who helped pave the way for a new era of racial integration in America. But he didn’t do it alone. In honor of MLK Day weekend, enjoy a sampling of our past year of special coverage on Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, online and in print. When Freedom ... Read More »

Rising Anti-Semitism and the Charlie Hebdo Massacre  

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For the French-Jewish community, last week’s attacks were a confirmation of their worst fears. After a year of rising anti-Jewish violence—attacks on Jewish families, synagogue firebombings, anti-Semitic marches—Jews are now fleeing Paris in record numbers, according to news reports. French authorities have acknowledged the severity of the situation, deploying thousands of police officers to protect Jewish schools and other “sensitive sites.” But is anti-Semitism ... Read More »

Why We Write Jewish Historical Fiction

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by Nomi Eve and Stephanie Feldman What makes Jewish historical fiction special—as an art form, and as a conversation among Jewish writers and readers? Novelists Nomi Eve (The Family Orchard, Henna House) and Stephanie Feldman (The Angel of Losses) discuss how they came to write about the Jewish past; the importance of women’s stories; and using magical realism to understand ... Read More »

Filled, Broken and Complete: Sacred Vessels at Mayyim Hayyim

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This month, the Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center in Newton, MA is showcasing an exhibit of intricate mosaics and sacred vessels infused with meaning. Watch a slideshow of the exhibit “Vessels: Containing Possibilities” and read the stories behind the works, created by artists Steven Branfman and Bette Ann Libby. Text by Donna ... Read More »

8 Questions for DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau

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Washington, D.C.’s new Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is a rising leader who has been active in civic and religious life in the District of Columbia. Moment’s Miriam Edelman talks to her about how her Jewish upbringing and background helped shape her career. Q: Were you involved in the Jewish community when you were growing up? A: I come from ... Read More »

Not My Birthday (A Holiday Essay)

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by Rachel Maizes Late October, my friend Janet sat across from me in a Thai restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, her fork heavy with shrimp pad thai. Her voice shook as she confessed she didn’t know how she would get through the holidays, prepare all the food, buy and wrap all the gifts. She even had to wrap the presents her ... Read More »

Moment Editors’ Book Picks of 2014

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Got some leisurely reading time on your hands this Hanukkah season? We’ve got you covered. As the year winds to a close, we asked our editors to round up some of the best books of 2014, for your reading pleasure. Take a break from festivities next week to curl up with one these page-turners, from My Promised Land to Lawrence ... Read More »

Mendy Samstein (1938-2007), Unsung Hero of Freedom Summer

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Editor’s Note: This story is part of our yearlong anniversary coverage of Jews’ involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement. By Dina Weinstein In the winter of 1963, a 25-year-old doctoral student at the University of Chicago traveled to Atlanta, Georgia. There, Mendy Samstein connected with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and activist academics who were a part of the ... Read More »