Jewish Journal

  • The Weirdest Case of Anti-Semitism—This Week

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    1 week ago

    ‘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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

  • This Is The War Against Judaism

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    November 19, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Let's be clear.

    The attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem was not an attack against Israel. And not an attack against Israelis. It was an attack on Judaism itself -- and perhaps even on God. Let me put it this way: I cannot believe that Allah is pleased.

    The last time that we... read on

  • Fort Lauderdale Could Go The Way of Sodom

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    November 12, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    One of the most iconic lines from 1970s television was: “Book ‘em, Danno!” from the police drama “Hawaii Five-O.” That was how most episodes would end – with Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett telling his subordinate to “Book ‘em, Danno!” – usually specifying a charge like... read on

  • Our Automotive Rebbe Has Died

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    November 4, 2014 | 8:24 am

    It’s a stereotype, but Jewish men have an ancient and mostly well-earned reputation for not being able to fix things. (There have been many notable exceptions to this, including my father, who could fix anything).

    I have done my best to uphold this proud tradition of our people.... read on

  • Welcome Home, Karen Yemima

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    October 28, 2014 | 8:22 am

    If it is true that “Jews are news,” then it is even more true that “new Jews are even more news.” I am talking about the recent discovery that a prominent Orthodox rabbi in Washington, DC had been secretly photographing women in the mikveh, as well as compelling prospective... read on

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