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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 4, July-August

An Olympian Struggle: The Nation's First and Only Boycott of Israeli Products by a Food Co-Op Ignites a Fiercely Personal, Community and Legal Battle in Olympia, Washington, the Hometown of Rachel Corrie
IT'S A RARE BLUE SKIED DAY IN OLYMPIA'S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN STRIP. AT TRADITIONS CAFE--A FAIR-TRADE COEME SHOP and bakery--a slightly grainy black-and-white poster of a young Rachel Corrie hangs in a window. She's smiling and tucking a lock of her straight,...
Finding Faith in DNA
Why do some people believe in God, while others don't? Is it a person's choice, the result of upbringing or simply divine will? Theologians have grappled with this question for centuries, but over the last few years, scientists have jumped into the...
Genia Brin's Double Parkinson's Mutation
Eugenia Brin was 48 when she first noticed that her left leg was dragging. It took two years for doctors finally to diagnose her with early onset Parkinson's disease, because she didn't have tremors or other easily identifiable symptoms. The diminutive...
Has Israel Lost Control over the Iranian Situation? If So, There's No Shelter That Can Protect Israelis from the "Great White Mushroom Cloud."
On the sleepy afternoon of March 21, 2012, alarm sirens went off all over Jerusalem, sending me and my racing heart lunging toward our air raid shelter. Squeezed in among my neighbors, bags of old clothes and various bicycles, I found my mind wandering...
Israel's Most Jewish Writer
Second Person Singular Sayed Kashua Translated from the Hebrew by Mitch Ginsburg Grove Press 2012, $25.00, pp. 352 There's so much going on at so many levels in Sayed Kashua's delicious new novel Second Person Singular that it's impossible...
Israel's No-Win African Refugee Situation: Israelis Are Imperfect, but It's Unfair to Compare Their Immigration Problem to the Holocaust
In late May, protestors rioted against the tens of thousands of African migrant workers and asylum seekers living in south Tel Aviv. They attacked passersby, smashed cars and vandalized shops. Within two weeks, the government began a brutal campaign...
Is There A, Future for Tunisias Jews? Tunisia Is One of the Success Stories of the Arab Spring. but Can Its Jews-Who Have Lived in Relative Peace with Their Muslim Neighbors for More Than One Thousand Years-Survive Democracy-And Changing Demographics?
A lone television drones on in the corner, cartoons in Arabic, no one watching. Across the sprawling, dimly lit lobby, 11 old folks sit apart, solitary sentinels against the passing of a cloudy afternoon. A slender, elegant woman--dressed as if a suitor...
Is There Such a Thing as the Jewish People? A Moment Symposium: Y-Love Shlomo Sand Karl Skorecki Moshe Tendler Adin Steinsaltz Stephen Oppenheimer Shulamit Reinharz Yehuda Kurtzer Larry Brilliant Kerry Olitzky Erica Brown Noam Pianko Jill Jacobs
ADIN STEINSALTZ Jewish peoplehood is always central. It comes before the Jewish nation or the Jewish state. We live in modern times, but our peoplehood is still essential, primitive. We never ceased to be a clan or tribe. This is expressed both...
Khamenei's Sacred Word: Destroy Israel: Undeterred, Iran's Supreme Leader Will Build a Bomb. Israeli Leaders Know What's at Stake, Why Doesn't the U.S.?
There's nothing wrong with negotiating with your enemies. There is something wrong if you don't know that those sitting across the table from you are your enemies. Too many Americans, Europeans and even Israelis still don't grasp that Iran's rulers--not...
Moment's Guide to Jewish Genetic Diseases
The discovery of DNA and subsequent research has opened c new door of understanding into health, helping to uncover the genetic reasons for many diseases. Moment has put together this guide to help Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews learn more about...
Natan Sharanksy Act III, Scene I: Soviet Jewry's Leading Man Has Had a Career of Many Acts: Dissident, Politician and Now, Head of Israel's Jewish Agency. through Them All, He Has Held on to His Belief in Peoplehood, an Idea He Thinks Can Cure What Ails the Jewish World
IT is a cold night in Washington, DC, and Natan Sharansky is doing what he has done for years, speaking to a group of American Jews, this time participants in a Reform movement conference. He is sick--his eyes are bloodshot and he looks paler than...
Soundalikes
ACROSS 1 Alloy components 7 Pricey sports car, for short 10 Sensuous dances 16 Like some energy 17 Act like a make-up artist? 18 Trick-taking card game 19 Gene 22 Dude 23 Butterfly's belt? 24 Genes 35 Skin soother ...
The Biggest Jewish Genetic Myths of All Time: We've All Heard the Generalizations and Stereotypes. Moment Takes a Closer Look at Some of the Persistent Rumors to Find out the Truth
Though many now believe the idea is passe, the thorny question of what constitutes race--or if it even exists--is fraught with political, economic and social implications. The concept largely came into being in the 17th century as colonizing Europeans...
The Genetic Legacy of Jewish Catholics
When Francesc Calafell, a geneticist at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, first began swabbing cheeks as part of an effort to study the genetic makeup of men across the Iberian Peninsula, the project was purely an academic exercise....
The Kargman Affliction
The vasovagal syncope--called a dizzy spell by the untutored--is the Kargman family failing. It happens like this: At an inconvenient moment, sometimes but not always following a spicy meal or an unprintable thought, the blood in a Kargman brain rushes...
The New Gene Cuisine
Genesis, Jacob asks his father-in-law, Laban, to compensate him for 14 years of unpaid labor. His request is strange: all the speckled and spotted goats and all the dark sheep from Laban's flock--the least desirable animals. Jacob then peels back the...
The Secret Life of Jewish Genes
Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People Harry Ostrer Oxford University Press 2012, $24.95, pp. 288 The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA Jeff Wheelwright W.W. Norton & Co. 2012, $26.95,...
The Woman Congress Could Not Intimidate: America Needs More Female Political Leaders Such as the "Brash" Bella Abzug
"Find out if your girlfriend is a feminist befire you get too far into it," Phyllis Schley told assembled students at The Citadel milltarry academy in April. "Some of them are pretty. They don't all like Bella Abzug." This was April 2012--not, say,...
We Are More Than the Sum of Our Genetic Code. Who We Are and How We Behave Are Still Up to Us
I was nervous when I answered the phone call from Bennett Greenspan, president and CEO of the genetic testing company Family Tree DNA. As part of this special issue dedicated to genes and religion, a few of us at Moment swabbed our cheeks and sent...