Jewish Journal

Muddied Waters

By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

August 27, 2013 | 6:14 pm

Last night, I had a bizarre dream. I would ask a therapist to help me analyze it, but it’s August and there are none to be found.

In the dream, I was back in college, and Mick Jagger... read on

  • Let’s Move Bar/Bat Mitzvah

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    August 21, 2013 | 7:01 am

    Last week, you would have hardly known that there were peace talks happening in Jerusalem. That wasn’t the biggest Jewish news.

    No, that prize goes to the viral Sam Horowitz bar mitzvah dance video. 

    I have spent the better part of my career thinking about bar/bat mitzvah. Ever... read on

  • We Are All Sikhs

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    August 14, 2013 | 6:29 am

    Exactly one year ago, a white supremacist attacked the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Six people were killed. And from that tragedy went forth a chant that even made it onto a T-shirt: “We are all Sikhs.”

    A few days later, I attended an interfaith Ramadan break fast in... read on

  • Who’s Your Daddy (Or: Who’s Your Mommy)?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    August 6, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    My old friend (and one-time youth grouper) Rabbi Aaron Panken was recently chosen to be the new president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform movement’s flagship seminary. It is an excellent choice. Aaron is a scholar, blessed with great intelligence,... read on