The SeeSaw

Stop Worrying About Your Future Grandchildren That Aren't

Wedding bells are ringing for an Asian woman and her Jewish fiance but their parents only want to talk about future grandchildren. How to explain that they may not even have kids?

A Bubble Not Burst

Martin Buber tells the story of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev. Before Passover, the great rabbi was inspecting the local matzo factory to make sure it was kosher. Afterward, he said, ”This factory is not kosher.” When the shocked factory owner said, “We have followed all of the laws of kashrut,” the rabbi explained: “The women in this factory work from early morning until late at night. They are laboring too long and too hard. They are not being paid fairly for their labors.”

Provocateur? What were Mahmoud Abbas?s motivations for stepping away from the process?

Why Abbas Was Right to Blink

The peace process has all but fallen apart and blame is centering on Mahmoud Abbas. But, Jay Michaelson asks, could anything more have come from talking?

Mahmoud Abbas: dialing back?
Victor: French far-right party Front National (FN) president Marine Le Pen speaks to journalists at the FN headquarters after the results of the France municipal elections? second round, on March 30.

France's Quickly Changing Face

Recent municipal elections in France point to an increase in support for harsh anti-immigration policies. Robert Zaretsky sees in the ascendancy of these views a turn toward the worse.

Finding My Family's Kabbalistic Roots in India

Sigal Samuel has always known that her family comes from Bombay, India. But it wasn’t until last year’s Passover Seder that she discovered their legendary mystical past.