Jewish Journal

Why Mick Jagger’s Seventieth Birthday Is A Jewish Issue

By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

July 30, 2013 | 1:28 pm

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger performs at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park in London on July 6. Photo by Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Anyone who has been following the cultural news this past week, and who wanted to take a break from the media’s Anthony Weiner-thon, knows that Stones’ lead singer, Mick Jagger, just... read on

  • Mazal tov, Madonna?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 23, 2013 | 9:44 am

    Time to cue the band. Let’s see now: “Hava Nagilah?” “The Hokey Pokey?”

    Um, can you do the hora to “Material Girl?”

    Those were the questions on everyone’s lips this past week as the gossip pages roared the news that Rocco, son of the pop sensation Madonna and her ex-husband Guy... read on

  • I Have Seen The Future, And It Is Brooklyn

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 16, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    When I was a kid growing up on Long Island, Brooklyn was the punch line of an old, tired joke. It was the embarrassing great-uncle of New York boroughs, the place where people came from, an irritating accent.

    No longer. It hasn’t been that way in decades.

    I once defined... read on

  • Do You Davven With That Mouth?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 10, 2013 | 9:26 am

    A number of years ago, I attended a rather large gathering of Jews. On Shabbat, I found myself sitting at a table with a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews, including some rabbis, who hailed from Brooklyn.

    Right after motzi, some of them started talking about what we would now call the... read on

  • Aunt Trudy Will Not Be Saying Kaddish For Prop 8

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 1, 2013 | 2:53 pm

    The first wail of mourning that I ever heard in my life was at my great-aunt Trudy’s funeral.

    For forty-five years, Aunt Trudy had been my great-aunt Charlotte’s – what’s the word here? “Room mate?” “Apartment mate?” That’s what they were, technically – sharing a small, plainly... read on