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The Insecurity That Lies Beneath Israel's 'Jewish Nation' Bill

By J.J. Goldberg

Israel isn’t alone in having a religious or ethnic basis. J.J. Goldberg explains that cold hard political calculations may be behind the new exclusionary ‘Jewish nation’ bill.Read More

Will France Recognize a Palestinian State?

By Robert Zaretsky

As France decides on whether to recognize a Palestinian state, a spotlight shines on a foreign minister with Jewish roots who will help decide the vote.Read More

Feeling That Black Lives Don't Matter

By Rachel Kahn-Troster

As Jews, we believe that all lives matter. So aren’t we obligated to speak out against the system of violence that led to the killing of Michael Brown?Read More

Ferguson Shows an Unjust System Cannot Produce Justice

By Jay Michaelson

It’s too early for anyone to have fully digested the testimony presented to the grand jury in Darren Wilson’s case. But whatever the facts, Jay Michaelson writes its conclusions are already suspect.Read More

I Admit It — I'm Binational-Curious

By Jay Michaelson

A growing chorus of people from the left and the right declares the need for a one-state solution. Jay Michaelson is ready to listen but he needs some details.Read More

When I Drifted Off the Path

By Avi Shafran

Avi Shafran, a pious Orthodox Jew, remembers his own brush with doubting Judaism —  and what it took to get him believing again.Read More

Don't Let the Billionaires Decide

By Jeremy Ben-Ami

Billionaires like Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban often claim to speak for American Jews on Israel. J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami says this needs to end.Read More

How Can She Believe in God?

A Jewish atheist struggles to talk to his wife, who’s a believer in God. He asks the Seesaw for help raising their children Jewish in a divided household.Read More

Anti-Semitism Creeps Into Europe's Daily Routines

By Deborah E. Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt was part of the American delegation to the recent European conference on anti-Semitism. What she heard there was deeply disturbing.Read More

First Relief, Then Tracing the Roots of Bloody Har Nof Attack

By J.J. Goldberg

J.J. Goldberg was relieved that his relatives were spared in the Jerusalem terror attack. It gave him the perspective to examine the rhetoric that fed the hate —  on both sides.Read More

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