Moment

Articles from February

A Jew in Al Jazeera's House: In the Studio with Dave Marash
Dave Marash is on the air, seated at the news anchor desk in a television studio on K Street in downtown Washington, DC. He's reading his script from a teleprompter as he introduces a clip from a speech by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan....
All Is Heaven with Avigdor Lieberman
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The young waitress in the Tel Aviv hotel lobby can't hide her excitement. The most controversial politician in Israel is here, ever impatient and attired in his trademark perfectly tailored suit. All eyes, in fact, are on...
A Moment with ... Dov Krulwich: Author of Harry Potter and the Torah
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] By day he's Dr. Bruce Krulwich, a computer scientist working in Israel's high-tech industry. The rest of the time he's Dov Krulwich, literary-religious sleuth, scouring the Torah, Talmud and other Jewish texts for connections...
A Walk in a London Park: (Or What Your Mother Doesn't Know about Anti-Semitism in Britain)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This past summer I took my baby daughter for her daily walk in the London park just outside our door and what we saw was the whole world. The neighborhood where I live is like Brooklyn, only without the racial tension....
Does Jewish Law Sanction Torture?
Last summer's invasion of Lebanon has led to a growing criticism by Israeli settler rabbis of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) doctrine of tohar haneshek--"purity of arms." This moral code asserts that force should be used only when necessary and "without...
From Budapest to Casablanca
The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World Kati Marton Simon & Schuster, New York 2006, $27, pp. 271 Hungarians are talented, some well-known witticisms tell us. ("How does a Hungarian always manage to come out of the...
From the Editor
Talk of the dwindling number of Jews in the United States and the weakening of their bonds to Judaism always makes me feel as if I live on a different planet. I understand the reasons behind this Jewish fascination with statistics: the weighty historical...
He Lived and Became
In Africa, the Jews of Ethiopia are called Falasha, "aliens." It is perhaps fitting then that Radu Mihaileanu's fourth film, Live and Become, chooses an outsider--a child who must pretend to be a Jewish orphan--to embody these black Jews and their...
How the Road to Peace Became the Road to Ruin
"The road to Jerusalem leads through Baghdad." Remember? That was the loudly touted view of neoconservatives in the Bush administration in the run-up to the war in Iraq. Depose Saddam Hussein, establish democracy in Iraq, and the moderating ripples...
India's Lasting Gift
India, with 16 official languages and a population of more than a billion people (80 percent Hindu and 13 percent Muslim), is home to the second largest Muslim community in the world. India gallops forward at an eight percent GNP growth per year, but...
Jewish Roots, Buddhist Wings
In the early 1980s, San Francisco ophthalmologist Marc Lieberman decided to give Buddhist meditation a try. His fiance practiced it and, as Lieberman now recalls, "being--and remaining--a Type-A Jewish guy, anything that could slow me down couldn't...
Modern Orthodox
By teaching that the world is a unified creation of one Creator operating by natural laws, Judaism nurtured the development of science and medicine. The verse from Exodus v'rapo yerapay was interpreted by the rabbis as "he shall heal," i.e., as a commandment...
The Holiday Brief: A Jewish Lawyer's Survival Guide
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Many esteemed Jewish attorneys suffer, as befits their heritage, while working non-stop in the eternal pursuit of law firm partnerships. It is a life in which missing a wedding anniversary or birth of a child, even Jewish...
The Jewish Pioneer of Black Education
Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South Peter M. Ascoli Indiana University Press 2006, $35, pp. 453 Late in the 1890s, a little-known businessman named Julius Rosenwald joined...
The Jewish Secrets of Lemony Snicket
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Novelist Daniel Handler, better known by his pseudonym, Lemony Snicket, surfaced recently to talk with Moment editor Nadine Epstein from an undisclosed location about the troubled Dickensian world he crafted in A Series of...
The Mystery of the Green Line
I was looking over a hiking map of the region around Jerusalem. Big as a tablecloth, it showed the countryside in vast, loving detail: every trail, picnic area and archeological ruin, with topographic lines marking the folds of the hills. It had everything...
The Pioneers of Israel's Silicon Wadi
The idea for instant messaging--now used by an estimated 316 million people--was born in the Israeli city of Herzliya in 1996 during a ping-pong match among four unemployed 20-somethings--software engineers Amnon Amir, Yair Goldfinger, Arik Vardi and...
The Story of Sergey Brin: How the Moscow-Born Entrepreneur Cofounded Google ... and Changed the Way the World Searches
It takes a bit of searching to find Sergey Brin's office at the Googleplex. Tucked away in a corner of Building #43 on this sprawling campus near the southern tip of San Francisco Bay, past rows of colorfully decorated cubicles and dorm-like meeting...
Will the Real Bond Please Stand Up
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] James Bond, the debonair British agent code-named "007," may have been a fictional character, but it's said his creator, author Ian Fleming, told friends he based the daring spy on Salomon "Schlomo" Georgievich Rosenblum....