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9/11 Becomes Bar Mitzvah

By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

5 days ago

9-11 Memorial. Image via Wikipedia

It happened again just yesterday. I was in an office building in New York City, and I was taking the elevator to the fifteenth floor. As I watched the numbers light up on each floor, I... read on

  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    2 weeks ago

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read... read on

  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    2 weeks ago

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read... read on

  • Hollywood A Listers, We Need You Now

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    3 weeks ago

    It is 1943. A sizable percentage of Europe's Jews have already perished. In response to the world's (and America's) silence in the face of unremitting evil, as well as their growing frustration with American policy and their contempt for Hollywood's "fear of offending its European... read on

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  • My Role Model’s Gone

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    August 19, 2014 | 5:27 am

    If you are reading this blog, it is because of Leonard Fein. 

    Leonard, known to everyone as Leibel, died this past week at the age of eighty. He was a writer, sociologist, educator, founder (with Elie Wiesel) and editor of Moment magazine, a social activist who founded MAZON: A... read on

  • Shazbot, shalom

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    August 12, 2014 | 11:59 am

    The modern Hebrew poet Hayim Nahman Bialik put it this way:

    There was a man -- and see: he is no more!
    Before his time did this man depart
    And the song of his life in its midst was stilled
    And alas! One more tune did he have
    And now that tune is forever lost
    Forever lost!

    ... read on
  • We Are Not Alone

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    August 6, 2014 | 6:30 am

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

    Two Jews are walking in a dangerous neighborhood late at night. Suddenly, they hear footsteps behind them. One of them turns to survey the situation, and then says to his companion: “We had better get out of here quickly. There are two of... read on

  • We Never Wanted To Be Tough Guys

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 29, 2014 | 7:07 pm

    Call it an occupational hazard.

    Because I am a rabbi, I have this bizarre habit of looking at what’s going on in the world, and seeing it reflected in the weekly Torah portion.

    A few weeks ago, while we were still in the book of Numbers, in a primitive act of vengeance Pinchas... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is one of America’s most prolific and most-quoted rabbis, whose colleagues have called him an “activist for Jewish ideas.” An award-winning writer...

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