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  • The Poem That Leads Us Backwards

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 28, 2014 | 7:52 am

    I would like to introduce you to a great poet. The poet’s name is Jonathan Reed. He won second place in AARP's U@50 video contest launched in 2007 for his video, Lost Generation. Contestants were asked to create a two minute video describing their vision of the future -- what they... read on

  • Shylock Lives!

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 28, 2014 | 7:41 am

    I want to personally thank Vice President Joe Biden for helping me with this sermon.

    Last week, Vice President Biden was talking about soldiers who had just returned home from active duty. He was describing the financial challenges that they face. And then, he started talking... read on

  • I Want To Be Shimon Peres When I Grow Up

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 23, 2014 | 9:25 am

    Who would have thought that the video that would go viral fastest during this season would be of former President of Israel, Shimon Peres, looking for a new job – at the age of ninety plus?

    If you have not yet seen it, you simply must. ... read on

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  • Smash The Sports Gods

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 16, 2014 | 11:09 am

    Baseball is a Jewish sport. You start at home; you go out into the infield; and the whole purpose of the game is to come home again. It’s Zionism 101. It’s also the game that the soul plays on the High Holy Days.

    Football? I don’t know. I really don’t know.

    But I have been... read on

  • 9/11 Becomes Bar Mitzvah

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 10, 2014 | 8:37 am

    It happened again just yesterday. I was in an office building in New York City, and I was taking the elevator to the fifteenth floor. As I watched the numbers light up on each floor, I noticed that there was a twelfth floor, and a fourteenth floor, and so on. But there was no... read on

  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 2, 2014 | 4:46 pm

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read... read on

  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 2, 2014 | 4:46 pm

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is one of America’s most prolific and most-quoted rabbis, whose colleagues have called him an “activist for Jewish ideas.” An award-winning writer...

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