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What Lincoln Meant to America’s Jews


by Eileen Lavine “The history of the Jews in America would have been quite different without Abraham Lincoln,” says Jonathan Sarna, co-author of a new book out this month, Lincoln and the Jews: A History (St. Martin’s Press), highlighting the relationship between American Jews and the sixteenth president. “My focus is not just on Lincoln’s friends—and he had a number ... Read More »

Editing the Editor


The Education of an Interloper by Jack Miles t was as a student at the Hebrew University during the 1966-1967 academic year that I was first introduced to the notion of orthopraxis as distinct from orthodoxy. A chain-smoking lecturer on Talmud, speaking in English to a class of Jews on their junior year abroad, including me as an interloper, explained to ... Read More »

Book Review // The UnAmericans


“Listen,” says Tomás to his daughter, Daniela. “I know what you wrote.” Tomás is an academic, a Czech, who got out of Prague before the fall of communism, along with his wife, Katka, and baby Daniela. Now, he’s teaching at a two-bit college in Maine, divorced from Katka when their little girl was only two, and nearly estranged from his grown daughter, now a playwright. As “The Quietest Man” begins, Daniela has sold her very first play—and her father, the tale’s narrator, is determined to use her good fortune to reconnect with her... Read More »

Emanuele Ottolenghi on Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

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Ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint meeting of Congress next week, which will outline the case against a nuclear deal with Iran, White House officials are stepping up their criticism of the Israeli prime minister. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Netanyahu’s planned visit is “destructive of the fabric of the relationship” between the United States and Israel, ... Read More »

Israeli Ambassador to Denmark Responds to Copenhagen Shootings

On Monday evening, a huge memorial rally was held in Copenhagen for the victims of the weekend’s shootings, in which a gunman killed two people, including a security guard at a synagogue. Barukh Binah, the current Israeli ambassador to Denmark and former Israeli Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington from 2011 to 2013, spoke afterwards by Skype to Moment senior ... Read More »

Morris Abram: The Man Who Unmasked the KKK and Helped Establish “One Person, One Vote”

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by Cecily Abram Those who remember Morris Berthold Abram may recall his tenure as president of Brandeis University during the tumultuous years of 1968-1970. Yet many of his accomplishments during the time of the Civil Rights Movement that preceded his presidency are not widely known. Throughout his life, Morris became the trusted adviser to five U.S. presidents—both Democratic and Republican—each seeing ... Read More »

Color Red, Color Red


by David W. Weiss zantac ulcer liquid zantac for infants ranitidine and pregnancy July 14, 2014 We have just been seated on the motorized cart that takes handicapped passengers to the departure gates when the sirens go off. COLOR RED, COLOR RED. The airport’s public spaces empty. From the shatter-proof window of the safety niche the trail of the Iron ... Read More »

An Argentine Journalist on Fallout from Prosecutor’s Mysterious Death

The ruins left after a bomb exploded at the Argentinian Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, July 1994. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The plot unfolded like a murder mystery. First, on January 18, Argentine state prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead from a gunshot wound. The timing was uncanny: Nisman had just written a 289-page report accusing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her foreign minister of covering up a deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center. He had been planning to ... Read More »

The Enduring Relevance of Tu B’Shevat


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Shmuel Rosner on Upcoming Israel Elections

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