Not All Smiles: President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud shared a laugh at the start of Obama?s visit to Saudi Arabia on June 3. But the administration says it is frustrated by the Saudis? inflexibility toward Israel.

Obama’s New Emphasis On Reciprocity Also Pressures Arabs

Freezing the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank was once seen as a unilateral Israeli obligation. But the Obama administration is now treating this as part of a package that will require concessions from Arab states, as well.

Remarks Stir Controversy: Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Right Watch.

Human Rights Watch and Its Saudi Donors

In a concerted campaign targeting the credibility of Human Rights Watch, Israel and some of its supporters are charging the group sought to raise funds from wealthy Saudis in part by highlighting its criticisms of Israel and the group’s resistance to pro-Israel forces in Washington.

Historic Union Torn Apart in Messy Divorce

The offices of union boss Bruce Raynor were, until recently, a physical testament to the Jewish labor movement’s enduring power.

Livni’s Leadership Faces Challenge From Inside and Outside Her Party

The stage looks set for a war over the future of Kadima, in which party leader Tzipi Livni could be forced to defend her leadership and the unity of the party.

Maternal Combustion: Deborah Copaken Kogan, one of the ?momoirists,? with her children (from left,) Leo, Sasha and Jacob.

The Jewish Mother, Revisited

Four years ago, author Ayelet Waldman wrote in a New York Times essay, “I love my husband more than my children.” And she was pilloried. In May, she came out with “Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace,” a new bestselling book from Doubleday that extolls the virtues — with all its conflicts — of modern motherhood as an exercise in laxity. And now, she said, “All I get is, ‘Amen, sister.’”