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It’s The Jews, Stupid!

By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

3 days ago

I might have seen Anne Frank’s body.

That was what went through my mind as I watched HBO’s documentary, “Night Will Fall.” In 1945, as Allied soldiers liberated the concentration camps,... read on

  • That Long French Kiss Goodbye

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    2 weeks ago

    When my sons were young, I used to take them to our local medieval fair. It was loads of fun: people dressing up as lords and ladies, jousters, wandering troubadours, and medieval-type food (don't ask). Spend a suburban hour or two, travelling back through in history through a time... read on

  • Judaism On The Cutting Room Floor in “Selma”

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    3 weeks ago

    Leave it to kids to tell us the truth.

    There was a reading in the “old” Reform Jewish prayerbook, Gates of Prayer, that started this way: “In a world torn by violence and pain…”

    Except on one Shabbat morning, the bar mitzvah kid read it wrong: “In a world torn by violence and... read on

  • Stewart vs. Colbert: Who Really Won?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    December 24, 2014 | 10:59 am

    I have been re-enjoying "Can I Interest You In Hannukah?", the sweetlly satirical inter-religious duet by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. https://vimeo.com/2488364 For those of you who need a refresher, the Jewish (as in Jew-ish) Jon Stewart engages the (very Catholic) Stephen... read on

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  • The Darkness Is Real. So Is The Light.

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    December 17, 2014 | 9:32 am

    Hanukah is the most popular Jewish holiday of the year. If you don’t believe it, just check out every available survey and study of American Jewish identity, and you will discover that only the rare Jewish family would say “humbug!” to the Festival of Lights. It's got everything:... read on

  • The Weirdest Case of Anti-Semitism—This Week

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    December 9, 2014 | 10:56 am

    ‘Tis the season, right? So a Jewish woman in the Los Angeles area goes to Walgreens to buy Hanukah wrapping paper. She takes one look at it, and she goes ballistic. OMG, she says to herself (and numerous other people as well, apparently): this wrapping paper is filled with... read on

  • The Most X-Rated Story in the Bible

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    December 4, 2014 | 6:15 am

    Time to tell the truth about biblical movies: In general, they are pretty poor. I know that I might be trampling on some toes here, and I hope that I am not insulting some of my readers who might be movie producers, but really: "The Ten Commandments" -- a little cheesy, don't you... read on

  • Don’t Do It, Bibi. Please.

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    November 26, 2014 | 7:49 am

    Here is a great Hebrew term to use around your Thanksgiving table, and it is bound to impress everyone who is there. Well, maybe some people. 

    It's shlilat ha-golah -- literally, the negation of the Diaspora. It is a common theme in Zionist history and thought -- the idea that... read on

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