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Father and Son in America: A Memorial Candle

by Howard R. Wolf When, in 1978, I sent my brother–who has lived in Portugal for more than 40 years–a book I had written about our family, Forgive the Father: A Memoir of Changing Generations, he replied after a few months: “Forget the family.” He thought it best, for reasons that would take a lot of explaining, to live wholly ... Read More »

Next Year in Beijing?


by Sophie Lavine In the spring of 2013, our family of four broke from our usual Passover routine and spent the holiday in Beijing, China–not the most obvious place to have a seder, but due to my father’s business needs abroad this was our family’s gathering place that year. Passover, the eight-day festival that retells the story of the Jewish ... Read More »

An Inside Look at the World Zionist Congress Elections


by Liat Deener-Chodirker Every few years, Diaspora Jews have the opportunity to vote for the World Zionist Congress, which oversees the World Zionist Organization. The congress sets budgets and policies for major Israeli and international organizations that spend hundreds of millions of dollars per year—much of which is American Jewish money—on Jewish education, urban renewal, social services, and settlements. While ... Read More »

Religious Liberties and Gay Rights in Indiana

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by Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil Following a weeklong outcry over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act—which was criticized for curtailing gay rights—state Republicans have now announced that they would amend the controversial religious liberty law to ensure that businesses would not be able to discriminate against gays and lesbians. But Robin Fretwell Wilson, professor of law at the University of Illinois and ... Read More »

Our Bread of Affliction

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by Liat Deener-Chodirker Every year at the Passover seder, Jews across the world celebrate our liberation from slavery, enjoying meals of abundance while eating matzah, the bread of affliction. In America in 2015, many Jews live very comfortable lives, and this holiday is a time to remember that affluence is not universal.. Rather than allowing ourselves to remember the Passover ... Read More »

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 »