Jewish Journal

My gypsy soul—and ours

By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

October 29, 2013 | 2:11 pm

My parents thought that it was funny. But it wasn't.

They used to threaten to “sell me to the gypsies.”

The gypsies (or, more properly, the Roma) are back in the news again. In... read on

  • When Tony Met Tevye

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    October 23, 2013 | 7:04 am

    Tony – as in Tony Soprano.

    Tevye – as in, well, Tevye (did he ever have a surname? Good research project).

    That was my reaction when I first learned about the ring of ultra-Orthodox rabbis who have been involved in violently coercing recalcitrant husbands into giving their... read on

  • Fellow Seinfeldians…

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    October 15, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    Seinfeldian. n. A Jew whose major source of Jewish connection is an attachment to reruns of the “Seinfeld” show.

    I imagine that to be the definition. I first heard the term this afternoon on a NPR broadcast, in which a panel of young Jews were discussing the Pew report –... read on

  • The Jews, We Are A-Changin’

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    October 8, 2013 | 11:22 am

    By now, any Jew who has been awake for the past week has read numerous essays on the implications of the Pew research study on the current state of the American Jewish community. Like many others, I find the results of the study to be of great concern. I believe that there are... read on

  • The Judaism shutdown

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    October 2, 2013 | 1:05 pm

    It has not been a good week. Not for America, and not for the Jews.

    Actually, the government shutdown will eventually go away. We should be so lucky with the Jewish shutdown.

    These are my main takeaways from the Pew Center study on American Jewish identity.