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Will Jewish Camp Turn My Sons Into Members of Tribe?

A non-Jewish mother is sending her sons away to Jewish camp. She wants them to have a great time, but asks the Seesaw how to make sure they don’t return too Jewish.Read More


My Children Married Non-Jews — and It Breaks My Heart

An observant father is heartbroken that both his children married non-Jews and are raising families outside the faith. Should he stick to his guns — or is it time to move on?Read More


When Mr. Right Hates Israel

He’s everything she wants and one thing she doesn’t want: anti-Israel. The Seesaw helps her figure out if his politics should be a dating dealbreaker.Read More


Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

A black man is in the process of converting to Judaism. He asks the Seesaw how he can truly be part of the community — and be accepted in return.Read More


Do I Really Have To Act All Jewish for His Mother?

Dressing modestly and reciting Jewish prayers isn’t for everyone. A woman asks the Seesaw about managing expectations at the Modern Orthodox home of her boyfriend’s mother.Read More


If We Can Intermarry — Why Not Inter-Bury?

A Jewish woman is married to a Catholic man — and they are worried about being buried apart. Can the Seesaw resolve their eternal resting place anxieties?Read More


My New Girlfriend Is Way Too Enthusiastic About Judaism

A woman’s new girlfriend thinks she ‘gets’ Judaism because lesbians know what it’s like to be in a minority. The Seesaw offers advice about her (over)-enthusiasm for the faith.Read More


Is Their Baby Really Jewish?

Her Jewish friend had a baby with her non-Jewish husband — they chose not to circumcise their son. She asks the Seesaw, our advice column, what this means for the child’s Jewish future.Read More


Should I Tell My Son To Only Date Jews?

A father contemplates telling his son about the struggles involved in marrying a convert to Judaism. He asks the Seesaw, our advice column, if he should encourage him to only date Jews.Read More


What Kind of Jewish Name is O'Donnell?

A woman is engaged to a man with a very Irish last name. She asks the Seesaw, our advice column, whether she should take his name — or keep her Jewish one.Read More





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  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
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