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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 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 Dome missile might be mistaken for an aircraft’s wake, ... 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


Today marks the Jewish holiday Tu B’Shevat. Tu B’Shevat celebrates the new year for trees and is often marked with a Tu B’Shevat seder, where attendees drink wine and eat fruits and nuts. We asked Elan Margulies, the director of Teva, a Jewish youth environmental program under the larger organization Hazon, to share a few thoughts in honor of the holiday. –Liat Deener-Chodirker Q: What does Teva ... Read More »

Shmuel Rosner on Upcoming Israel Elections

Israel’s election season heated up this week as political parties rushed to submit their final list of candidates. Much is at stake: This time, unlike the elections of 2013, we don’t know who’s going to win. We ask Moment columnist Shmuel Rosner to outline a few possible scenarios and predict whether an ouster of Prime Minister Netanyahu is a real possibility. Q. How are these ... Read More »

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


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


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  


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 »