Daniel Estrin


Bloggers from France's immigrant suburbs provide their own, alternative voice

The men who are accused of opening fire at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the man accused of taking hostages at a kosher market in Paris grew up in the rough, immigrant suburbs of Paris. The national conversation in France is now full of questions, fury and fear about those suburbs. Some of those looking for answers are turning to a blog written by youth from the 'burbs.


How to keep farming when God says to stop

According to Jewish law, farmers are supposed to leave their fields fallow every seventh year — which happens to be right now. But among farmers who pay attention to the decree, called "shmita," there are all sorts of technicalities that allow them to keep on growing.