Jewish Journal

Learning From All People

By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

March 25, 2014 | 11:11 am

I write this column for anyone who cares about synagogue life – its health, vitality, creativity, leadership, and struggles. Say what you will about the American synagogue (and hasn’t it... read on

  • Channel Surfing With God

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    March 19, 2014 | 4:46 am

    One of my favorite television programs is the NBC series "Parenthood," which airs on NBC on Thursday evenings. It is the ongoing story of the family of Zeek and Camille Braverman of Berkeley, California, and their four grown children and grandchildren. They all live in close... read on

  • Happy Purim, Vlad!

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    March 11, 2014 | 10:22 am

    There is a television show called "Who Do You Think You Are?" The show shakes the family trees of various celebrities and then presents them with interesting and bizarre aspects of their family backgrounds. Imagine how Chelsea Handler, who was raised Jewish, felt when she... read on

  • Rabbi Lists: Who Needs Them?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    March 4, 2014 | 10:52 am

    Jimmy Fallon has a signature routine on "The Tonight Show." While soft music plays in the background, Jimmy thanks someone or something for having done (a usually unnecessary) something.

    Several years ago Jimmy Fallon might have included this item in his “thank you” routine.

    ... read on