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American politicians condemning   is nothing new. But coming from the staunchly pro-  Chuck  , the highest-ranking Jewis...
03/18/2024

American politicians condemning is nothing new. But coming from the staunchly pro- Chuck , the highest-ranking Jewish politician in American history, the message seems a lot louder. Click the link in our bio for a closer look at what Schumer’s harsh words mean for the US-Israel relationship during the Gaza war.

In 1933,   Americans owned over 1.5 million acres in the United States. But as Americans left their farms behind through...
03/15/2024

In 1933, Americans owned over 1.5 million acres in the United States. But as Americans left their farms behind throughout the 20th centuries, Jewish farming communities began to decline.

Decades later, fueled by , novel interpretations of , and justice, a new generation of Jewish farmers are returning to the land. Click the link in our bio to learn more, and follow Moment for more stories about how young Jews are re-embracing tradition.

Americans don’t understand  . But the continental “trash-pop music event” is a big deal: culturally, artistically, and p...
03/15/2024

Americans don’t understand . But the continental “trash-pop music event” is a big deal: culturally, artistically, and politically.

In , this came to a head in the weeks leading up to the unveiling of their 2024 Eurovision Entry: Hurricane by . In a column looking at the Israeli Media, Nathan Guttman takes a look about what the debate over the song says about Israeli culture today.

Since her passing in 2021, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy has been dogged by a single question: “Why didn’t she resign?” B...
03/14/2024

Since her passing in 2021, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy has been dogged by a single question: “Why didn’t she resign?” But Moment Editor Nadine Epstein argues that this question takes a misguided approach to the justice’s trailblazing legacy. Click the link in our bio for more.

A Moment Meet-up on the West Coast! Moment Editor Nadine Epstein, Zoominar producer Suzanne Borden and Hannah Borden at ...
03/14/2024

A Moment Meet-up on the West Coast! Moment Editor Nadine Epstein, Zoominar producer Suzanne Borden and Hannah Borden at the Rosie The Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond, California.

The House of Representatives has passed legislation that could force the sale, or even lead fo the banning, of TikTok. W...
03/14/2024

The House of Representatives has passed legislation that could force the sale, or even lead fo the banning, of TikTok. While current legislation targets Chinese tech giant Bytedance’s ownership of the app, it has come under fire in the past for the proliferation of bigoted and antisemitic content. Click the link in our bio for a deep dive into antisemitism on the popular app.

Israelis still consume much of their daily information from evening news programs, which have expanded to take over much...
03/12/2024

Israelis still consume much of their daily information from evening news programs, which have expanded to take over much of primetime during the war. But as battlefield analysis and detailed stories from the Israeli side emerge, Gazan perspectives are rarely aired. Click the link in our bio for a deep dive into the news Israelis are reading, and follow Moment for more analysis.

Are you ready for the  ?This year’s   is an opportunity to get a unique view of the sky: one that won’t be seen again fo...
03/11/2024

Are you ready for the ?

This year’s is an opportunity to get a unique view of the sky: one that won’t be seen again for 20 years. But what does ancient wisdom have to say about the phenomenon? Click the link in our bio for a closer look at where Judaism, history, and science all meet!

Up your mishloach manot game this Purim! Get six issues of our award-winning magazine, a subscription gift card, festive...
03/11/2024

Up your mishloach manot game this Purim! Get six issues of our award-winning magazine, a subscription gift card, festive grogger, and pre-wrapped Hamentaschen!

Purim is March 23. Whatever your tradition, enhance your Purim celebrations with a gift set from Moment. This exclusive Mishoach Manot offer is a perfect gift for family and friends – or yourself!1 This Purim gift set includes: A print and digital subscription to Moment Magazine: 6 beautiful p...

From its founding in 2005 to its closure in 2023, the   priestess institute attracted both students and controversy for ...
03/08/2024

From its founding in 2005 to its closure in 2023, the priestess institute attracted both students and controversy for its approach to Judaism, reviving ancient questions about what can be considered Judaism, and what lies beyond the pale. And after the institute’s closure, many are wondering what’s next for its hundreds of ordained priestesses?

Click the link in our bio for a closer look at the Kohenet initiative and what it means for Judaism today.

03/08/2024

🥩Did you take a third helping of brisket before the host sat down?

🎁Refused to let your in-laws give your kids christmas presents?

🥃Walked out to take a l’chaim (or three) during the rabbi's speech?

In honor of we offer the Moment's “Am I The Schmuck?” Tribunal!

Tell us about a time you might have been a schmuck and our staff, with combined decades of experience in judging others, will give our final ruling!

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For months—and yes, this war has been going on for five months already—the Biden administration went to great lengths to...
03/05/2024

For months—and yes, this war has been going on for five months already—the Biden administration went to great lengths to prove to the world it was not forcing Israel into a cease-fire. The creative term “humanitarian pause” was used to describe the temporary halt in fighting negotiated by the United States in November which led to the release of 70 Israeli hostages.

Now, with reportedly 30,000 Palestinian casualties, most of them civilian women and children, and with horrific scenes of Gaza residents being trampled, run over and shot to death while trying to get food from aid convoys, the Biden administration is saying it out loud: The time has come to stop. At least temporarily.

Get a closer look in our latest Jewish Politics and Power.

Morris Waitz is a newly minted centenarian, born on January 4, 1924, if you believe his birth certificate—or January 28 ...
03/04/2024

Morris Waitz is a newly minted centenarian, born on January 4, 1924, if you believe his birth certificate—or January 28 if you believe his mother. (The doctor who delivered him mixed up the birth dates of the Waitz and Waite families’ babies in the town records.) At 100, he’s an active member of Rockland County’s Orangetown Jewish Center (OJC), and pursues an eclectic range of interests, from baking challah and pastries to woodworking, leathercraft, winemaking and knitting.

The fifth of nine children, Waitz grew up in the only Jewish family in Billerica, Massachusetts, about 20 miles northwest of Boston. His parents, Harry and Gertrude Waitz, were a tailor and homemaker, respectively. The family attended synagogue six miles away in Lowell every day before school and again at night.

Following his U.S. Army Air Force service in World War II, Waitz enjoyed a 51-year career in the construction departments of two retail giants, W.T. Grant and Caldor. On a visit to an Army buddy in Brighton Beach soon after the war, he met Leah Katz, soon to be Leah Waitz, the love of his life. They were married for 71 years before she died in 2022 at age 96. They had four children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

His zest for life has always been “inspiring,” his son, Aaron, says.

Read our full interview with Waitz about the lessons he’s learned from a long, successful, and still active life at the link in our bio.

On February 19th, Jeffrey Blutinger, the director of Jewish Studies at  , was invited to give a lecture at San Jose Stat...
02/29/2024

On February 19th, Jeffrey Blutinger, the director of Jewish Studies at , was invited to give a lecture at San Jose State University. The talk was shut down due to clashes between protesters, who objected to having a “zionist” speak on campus. Moment Editor Jennifer Bardi spoke with Blutinger about the experience at the link in our bio.

South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the ICJ has sparked controversy in the West, even after being, in the wor...
02/28/2024

South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the ICJ has sparked controversy in the West, even after being, in the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa, “vindicated” by the court’s January 26th provisional ruling. But in South Africa’s legal community, many tie the suit’s popular appeal to President Ramaphosa’s efforts to mend his predecessor’s abrogation of international norms, arguing that the ICJ suit speaks to how South Africa is rediscovering itself and its role in the world by way of constitutional law. Click the link in our bio to learn more.

Since the events of October 7th and the start of the   war,   efforts between   and   communities have been stalled by t...
02/28/2024

Since the events of October 7th and the start of the war, efforts between and communities have been stalled by the pain and grievance faced by both groups. But what does this mean for the years of solidarity between the two communities? took a closer look at the state of Jewish-Muslim relations, and the path forward.

Just as with the proverbial tree, the best time to work for peace in the Middle East was 25 years ago. The second best t...
02/23/2024

Just as with the proverbial tree, the best time to work for peace in the Middle East was 25 years ago. The second best time? Today.

Despite the horrors of October 7 and Israel’s subsequent invasion of Gaza, many Israelis and Palestinians remain committed to working together and building the relationships necessary for peaceful coexistence. “It’s hard. And it takes a long time,” says Ittay Flescher, an Australia-born Jew living in Jerusalem. “But if you want peace in 20 years, you’ve got to start working on it now.”

Click the link in our bio for more on the organizations fighting for peace in the most difficult circumstances.

After the October 7th attacks, activist Ittay Fletcher was contacted by confused friends and acquaintances seeking some ...
02/23/2024

After the October 7th attacks, activist Ittay Fletcher was contacted by confused friends and acquaintances seeking some form of an explanation. After being contacted by Hannah Baker, a Jewish-Australian lawyer questioning the pro-Israel narrative of her upbringing, the two started their own podcast. Here’s how that show, From The Yarra River To the Mediterranean Sea, is injecting much-needed nuance and complexity into Israeli-Palestinian discourse.

'From The Yarra River to the Mediterranean Sea,' cohosted by Ittay Flescher and Hannah Baker, is part history lesson, part therapy session.

 : Moment Editor Nadine Epstein with a comedian you might know about. You heard it here first: this guy’s going places! ...
02/22/2024

: Moment Editor Nadine Epstein with a comedian you might know about. You heard it here first: this guy’s going places!

President Biden has maintained a staunchly pro-Israel position since the October 7th attacks. Will it cost him in a clos...
02/21/2024

President Biden has maintained a staunchly pro-Israel position since the October 7th attacks. Will it cost him in a close election year? More from our latest Politics and Power.

Moment contributor Nathan Guttman examines the most recent political takes from the Jewish world and beyond.

Eric K Ward: "Navalny rejected his own xenophobic attitudes towards immigrants and refugees, becoming a more effective l...
02/21/2024

Eric K Ward: "Navalny rejected his own xenophobic attitudes towards immigrants and refugees, becoming a more effective leader because of it. For me, the lesson of his example is to embrace the way my own positions as a leader have shifted over time."

“Navalny rejected his own xenophobic attitudes , becoming a more effective leader because of it,” writes Eric K. Ward.

Vladimir Putin has called the fall of the Soviet Union “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” The killi...
02/20/2024

Vladimir Putin has called the fall of the Soviet Union “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” The killing of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny last week recalls its most brutal elements.

The killing of Alexei Navalny in an Arctic prison camp last week recalls the darkest aspects of Communist rule in the Stalinist era.

🇮🇱 Together We Will Win! 🇮🇱The phrase, in its Hebrew form of B’Yachad B’Netzach, is written everywhere in Israel. Highwa...
02/19/2024

🇮🇱 Together We Will Win! 🇮🇱

The phrase, in its Hebrew form of B’Yachad B’Netzach, is written everywhere in Israel. Highway bridges, supermarket entrances, walls and fences, and even taxi receipts are adorned with the phrase.

But as the war continues, the death toll rises, the carnage in Gaza grows increasingly incomprehensible, and Israeli society reckons with the horrors of October 7th, one question remains: what would it actually mean to win?

The slogan "together we will win” is everywhere in Israel. But who, exactly, is we? And how can "we" agree on what "winning" means?

James Mcbride whose novel The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store just won two National Jewish Book Awards, has been stunning...
02/16/2024

James Mcbride whose novel The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store just won two National Jewish Book Awards, has been stunning the literary world for nearly 30 years. To Harvard Literature Professor Susan Suleiman, there is a clear, yet unexpected reason for his success: McBride’s novels harken back to the intricate plots, colorful characters, and fundamental decency of the great Charles Dickens.

"The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store" by James McBride reminds Susan Rubin Suleiman of classic Dickens novels.

Millions of people, of all faiths, suffer from depression. Can Jewish wisdom offer a way to cope?
02/15/2024

Millions of people, of all faiths, suffer from depression. Can Jewish wisdom offer a way to cope?

The prophet Elijah is in a deep depression.

Israel has been accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice. Exhibit A? The words of top Israeli officials...
02/14/2024

Israel has been accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice. Exhibit A? The words of top Israeli officials.

South Africa's claim against Israel includes incitement of genocide quotes from Israeli politicians. This is a selection of said quotes.

“In some ways the most damning parts of South Africa’s oral argument and written brief were those from top Israeli offic...
02/12/2024

“In some ways the most damning parts of South Africa’s oral argument and written brief were those from top Israeli officials.” An interview with genocide expert Mike Brand on the ICJ case against Israel and what it means for the Gaza war.

Mike Brand is a senior fellow at George Mason University’s Raphaël Lemkin Genocide Prevention Program and teaches genocide studies at UConn.

❌No mass release of Palestinian Prisoners❌No withdrawal of forces from Gaza❌No end to the warAre Bibi's "red lines" maki...
02/07/2024

❌No mass release of Palestinian Prisoners
❌No withdrawal of forces from Gaza
❌No end to the war
Are Bibi's "red lines" making the release of hostages impossible?

The families of the estimated 136 hostages remaining in Gaza are getting mixed signals from Prime Minister Netanyahu.

✔️Ben-Gvir attacks the White House in an explosive Wall Street Journal profile.✔️Biden signs an order cracking down on s...
02/06/2024

✔️Ben-Gvir attacks the White House in an explosive Wall Street Journal profile.
✔️Biden signs an order cracking down on settler violence.
✔️The White House faces dismal approval numbers on the Gaza War.
✔️Trump bashes his former ally Bibi Netanyahu on FOX News
✔️AIPAC announces big spending plans as election season ramps up.

Take a deep dive into the latest news in our latest Politics and Power from Nathan Guttman in our comments!

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