Billionaire Sheldon Adelson is best known in the United States for his outsized contributions on behalf of Republican presidential candidates, but in Israel, where he owns two newspapers, he may wield far more influence. Has he become the “Rupert Murdoch” of the Jewish state?
by Robert Slater with Wesley G. Pippert
A MOMENT MAGAZINE SYMPOSIUM
Israel’s increasingly powerful Orthodox chief rabbinate controls marriage, divorce, conversion and much more, bringing it into conflict with those who envision a pluralistic state more in line with the country’s democratic values. Dorit Beinisch, Ruth Calderon, Donniel Hartman, Dov Lipman, Fania Oz-Salzberger, Michael Oren, Susan Silverman, Uri Regev, Jonathan Rosenblum and others speak out.
Interviews by Dina Gold, Rachel E. Gross, George Johnson and Sala Levin; Symposium Editor: George Johnson
INSIDE THE GERMANY-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP [subscribe to read]
Germany is Israel’s staunchest defender in the European Union and one of its closest trade and military partners. Will this unlikely friendship, forged by Konrad Adenauer and David Ben-Gurion after the Holocaust, stand the test of time?
by Amy E. Schwartz
HOW AMERICA GOT ITS (BUS) WHEELS BACK [subscribe to read]
America’s intercity bus industry has been transformed by discount carriers that have ditched bus terminals for curbside pickups. Meet some of the early (and feuding) Jewish entrepreneurs behind this updated mode of American travel.
by Sarah Breger
In celebration of this annual event, Moment editors consult their taste buds and select the top ten Jewish foods that have become America’s favorites.
by Rachel E. Gross
Cowboys, sharpshooters and mayors in Arizona’s past
by Diane Heiman
FROM THE EDITOR [subscribe to read]
THE CONVERSATION [subscribe to read]
Naomi Ragen | Some Haredi men want to enlist but fear ostracism
Ben Cohen | Our shrinking defense budget is Putin’s gain
Eetta Prince-Gibson | Why peace talks need women negotiators [subscribe to read]
Letty Cottin Pogrebin | The rise of Jewish McCarthyism
JEWISH WORD [subscribe to read]
The mysterious (Jewish?) origins of abracadabra
A Manhattan reunion of Nazi Degenerate Art
What does the Torah teach us about addiction?
POEM [subscribe to read]
Barbara Goldberg: Memorial Day/Yom HaZikaron
TALK OF THE TABLE [subscribe to read]
Cheesecake’s rich and creamy history
BOOKS [subscribe to read]
My Promised Land reviewed by Serge Schmemann
The Story of the Jews reviewed by Dara Horn
The Lie reviewed by Ethan Bronner
In Paradise reviewed by Barbara Probst Solomon