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How Should the Jewish Community Respond to Syria?

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After taking a back seat in recent weeks to news from elsewhere in the world, the civil war in Syria is back in newspaper headlines, and the death toll was recently assessed by the United Nations Office of Human Rights at 191,369. We asked Martin Kalin, a trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and executive producer of Red Lines, a ... Read More »

What do Italian Futurism, the Pre-Raphaelites and Judaism and Christianity have in common?

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This summer and fall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is highlighting the little-known Pre-Raphaelites in the exhibit, “The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design” (through October 26). Read More »

Founder Leibel Fein on Moment’s Origins

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The death of Moment founder Leonard “Leibel” Fein last week marked a major loss for the Jewish world. An incisive literary voice and champion of social justice, Fein was “among the foremost of the so-called liberal Zionists … a social progressive, a fierce peacenik, a staunch defender of Israel and a shrewd observer of the American Jewish community,” wrote The New ... Read More »

A St. Louis Rabbi On the Ground in Ferguson

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It has been almost two weeks of unrest since the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, “clashes between the police and protesters have become a nightly ritual,” The New York Times reports. In response, many spiritual leaders around the country have taken note, standing in solidarity with protesters and descending upon the state ... Read More »

What We’re Reading: Eileen Lavine

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Each week, we’ll take a look at what Moment editors are reading, from newspapers to novels. This week we hear from Eileen Lavine, a senior editor at Moment since 2008 who has previously been a writer and editor for the New Bedford Standard Times, The New York Times Youth Forums, and UNESCO. Is there ever a point when we say “enough” or “too much” ... Read More »

There’s a Word for That

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by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic Guess who’s coming to dinner? The machetunim. That’s the Yiddish word you’ll probably use soon after your daughter has announced her engagement, when you’ve invited her fiancé’s parents to your home for the first time. In contrast, there is no single word in the English language to describe one’s relatives by marriage. Yiddish is filled ... Read More »

Mark Levin on Anti-Jewish Sentiment in Ukraine and Europe

Since the fighting between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists began in April, hundreds of Jews from Donetsk and Luhansk have left their lives and belongings and fled to a makeshift refugee camp run by Chabad. They are not alone. In the first five months of 2014 alone, more than 1,550 Jews have immigrated from Ukraine to Israel (more than double the 693 who ... Read More »

Professor of Exile: Edward Said’s Misreading of Erich Auerbach

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  by Avihu Zakai Edward Said (1935-2003), Palestinian-American scholar, activist, and for many years Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, had a deep interest in the close connection between literature and exile, a subject that occupied much of his life of the mind since the time he was a graduate student at Harvard in the late fifties. Said’s ... Read More »

A Vegetarian’s Take On Kosher Barbecue

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by Jennifer Cole It’s 12:30 p.m. on a Monday afternoon. Still tired and weary-eyed from the weekend, hungry business people stumble out of the office and into the sunshine for everyone’s favorite part of the day: lunch. Some venture next door to the nearest Subway shop for a quick and light bite, while others roll up their sleeves and chow ... Read More »

What We’re Reading: Dina Gold

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Each week, we’ll share what Moment editors are reading and watching, from news to novels.  Here, Moment senior editor Dina Gold, originally from London, tells us what’s attracted her interest.   Since Moment published an e-book on Anti-Semitism in April, the press has become awash with reports of the phenomenon now rampaging across Europe–such as this in The New York Times and this ... Read More »