Jewish Journal

  • The Best Holocaust Novel You Never Read

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    April 29, 2014 | 7:23 am

    I have spent the last almost four decades years of my life in an intensive journey through higher Jewish learning.

    I had thought that I had heard of every Jewish thinker and every Jewish philosopher.

    But I had never heard of Otto Weiss, and Otto Weiss turned out to become one... read on

  • Will Bubba Be A Zeyde?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    April 22, 2014 | 7:37 am

    The EPT had barely stopped rattling around in the bottom of the wastebasket before the wishes of mazal tov could be heard reverberating around the country.

    I am referring of course, to last week’s announcement that Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first... read on

  • Four Questions For Overland Park

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    April 16, 2014 | 9:08 am

    The Jewish community of greater Kansas City – and by extension, the entire American Jewish community -- is still reeling from this past Sunday’s attack on the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas. There were undoubtedly many Passover seders that... read on

  • Are You Not Entertained?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    April 8, 2014 | 8:31 am

    It’s time for that annual Pesach contest: "Find The Real Translation of Afikomen."

    And why does it matter? Because the fate of the Jewish mind depends upon it.

    No one is quite sure what the word afikomen really means. Neither are we sure what language it really is. Is it Greek... read on

  • What Pages Do You Skip?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    April 2, 2014 | 6:43 am

    I was sitting and talking with my friend, Dave, about his family's Pesach. He was telling me about his late father's haggadah.

    "This is the tenth Pesach since my father's death. We have a pile of Maxwell House haggadot that we use every year. I was going through the pile. Just... read on