Jewish Journal

The Jews Of The Year, 2013

By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

December 31, 2013 | 6:15 am

Every year, at precisely this season, Time magazine has its man/woman of the year. There should be a Jewish list as well. Here is a list of the Jews who moved me, challenged me, and/or... read on

  • A Christmas Sermon For Jews

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    December 24, 2013 | 7:24 am

    I have a recurrent fantasy. Actually, it would make a pretty funny television movie. In the fantasy, I am very good friends with a Protestant minister. In early December, a church calls him to be its spiritual leader. Because they had only interviewed him by phone, they have never... read on

  • How Open Should Hillel Be?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    December 17, 2013 | 5:32 am

    I am in favor of open-mindedness.

    But your mind should never be so open that everything falls out.

    That would be my message to the board of Hillel at Swarthmore College.  They want to open their Hillel chapter to anti-Israel activists, even though Hillel International bars its... read on

  • Bibi’s Boo-boo

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    December 10, 2013 | 11:45 am

    If you believe that the Jews are a small people and a large family, then consider the various familial roles that Israeli prime ministers have played in our global mishpacha.

    There was Golda Meir, the ultimate Jewish grandmother.

    There was Menachem Begin, our pugnacious... read on

  • Open Day Schools To Non-Jewish Students

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    December 4, 2013 | 7:10 am

    Jewish day schools are in very serious shape. To be perfectly blunt about it, they are going out of business. I see it happening locally, where I live in New Jersey. And it seems to be a national phenomenon.

    It seems to have hit Solomon Schechter schools particularly hard.... read on