Jewish Journal

  • There Are Many Walls On Facebook

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    2 weeks ago

    I write this from Israel, from the city of Jerusalem -- and even more precisely, from the upscale neighborhood of Mishkenot Sha'anim. It is a rarified, beautiful zone of artists and intellectuals, with spectacular views of the old walled city.

    Mishkenot sits on top of the valley... read on

  • The Presbyterian speech we needed to hear

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    3 weeks ago

    Anger. Sadness. Disappointment. Even disgust.

    Those are the emotions that have accompanied the recent resolution of the Presbyterian Church USA to divest from the three companies – Motorola, Caterpillar, and HP – that the church deems to be complicit in the occupation of the West... read on

  • This Jew Rocks!

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    June 18, 2014 | 9:09 am

    I will be the first to admit: I do write about rock music a lot.

    Most of the time, my focus is on performers who have either participated in the BDS movement and chosen to not perform in Israel, or those artists like the Rolling Stones who not only enthusiastically played in... read on

  • Look Who’s Jewish!

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    June 11, 2014 | 8:22 am

    A redneck walks into a bar in the deep South. He grabs a few beers and guzzles them down. Looking for a fight, he yells: “All right now, who’s a Jew?!!!!!!!”

    Dead silence.

    The redneck yells a little louder. “I just asked y’all – who’s a Jew?!!!!!!”

    Still dead silence.

    The... read on

  • I’m Proud To Be A Heretic

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    June 3, 2014 | 6:58 am

    At the very least, the Mayor might have said something.

    Well, OK – it’s not exactly his issue.

    Here’s what happened. Last week, at a fundraising gala for the ultra-Orthodox Agudath Israel of America, its head, Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, said, in the presence of Mayor Bill DeBlasio,... read on

  • What Hath Roth Wrote?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    May 27, 2014 | 6:34 pm

    I'd like to imagine that the famous writer had the last laugh, but I suspect that he's far too much of a gentleman for that.

    I am referring to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America awarding an honorary doctorate to Philip Roth last week. ... read on

  • Let’s Stop Coddling Our College Students!

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    May 20, 2014 | 8:44 am

    This past weekend, my youngest son graduated from college. It was a true shehecyanu moment for our family, not least of all because it might mean that this was the last tuition check that I will ever have to sign.

    The commencement speaker was Jose Andres, a celebrity chef and... read on

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