The SeeSaw

Help! I Think My Mom Lied About Being Jewish

My mom always said we were Jewish. And then my son began digging around in our ancestry and discovered otherwise.


Why We Shouldn't Accept Rabbis Who Marry Non-Jews

Reconstructionists have decided to permit intermarried rabbis. Jane Eisner says this dramatic change risks diminishing our religious leadership at a time when we need it the most.


Does Doctors Without Borders Strike Reveal U.S. Double Standard on Israel?

One of the low points of last year’s Gaza war was Israel’s August 3 strike outside a United Nations school in the city of Rafah. The strike, meant to hit a military target according to the Israel Defense Forces, killed at least 10 people and injured dozens. It was the latest in a string of Israeli bombs to hit U.N. facilities.


Why Won't Trump Stand Up to His Anti-Semitic Fans?

Some of Donald Trump’s biggest fans are outspoken anti-Semites. And despite having a Jewish daughter, he refuses to put them in their place.


As Reconstructionists Accept Rabbis With Non-Jewish Partners, Will Reform Jews Follow Suit?

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College has announced that it will accept students with non-Jewish partners. Now, the Catholic mother of a soon-to-be rabbi asks: Will the Reform movement be next?


Why Secular-to-Orthodox Memoirs Matter

Why don’t we see more memoirs by Jews who went from secular to Orthodox? Julie Sugar outlines five worries about writing those stories — and explains why you should do it anyway.

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