Jewish Journal

  • If an app can make you cry

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 15, 2014 | 7:51 am

    Yes, that’s a direct “steal” from Daniel Gordis’ memoir of life in Israel, If A Place Can Make You Cry. http://www.amazon.com/Place-Can-Make-You-Cry-ebook/dp/B000QCSA1S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405435927&sr=8-1&keywords=gordis+make+you+cry

    Along with every other feeling known to... read on

  • But They’re Trying To Kill Me!

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 8, 2014 | 11:33 pm

    Someone once said that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged. The Israeli version of that maxim would be this: a right-winger is a left-winger who has just spent time in a bomb shelter.

    When it comes to what Israelis and others call ha-matzav (the situation), I have... read on

  • There Are Many Walls On Facebook

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 2, 2014 | 3:18 am

    I write this from Israel, from the city of Jerusalem -- and even more precisely, from the upscale neighborhood of Mishkenot Sha'anim. It is a rarified, beautiful zone of artists and intellectuals, with spectacular views of the old walled city.

    Mishkenot sits on top of the valley... read on

  • The Presbyterian speech we needed to hear

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    June 22, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    Anger. Sadness. Disappointment. Even disgust.

    Those are the emotions that have accompanied the recent resolution of the Presbyterian Church USA to divest from the three companies – Motorola, Caterpillar, and HP – that the church deems to be complicit in the occupation of the West... read on

  • This Jew Rocks!

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    June 18, 2014 | 9:09 am

    I will be the first to admit: I do write about rock music a lot.

    Most of the time, my focus is on performers who have either participated in the BDS movement and chosen to not perform in Israel, or those artists like the Rolling Stones who not only enthusiastically played in... read on

  • Look Who’s Jewish!

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    June 11, 2014 | 8:22 am

    A redneck walks into a bar in the deep South. He grabs a few beers and guzzles them down. Looking for a fight, he yells: “All right now, who’s a Jew?!!!!!!!”

    Dead silence.

    The redneck yells a little louder. “I just asked y’all – who’s a Jew?!!!!!!”

    Still dead silence.

    The... read on

  • I’m Proud To Be A Heretic

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    June 3, 2014 | 6:58 am

    At the very least, the Mayor might have said something.

    Well, OK – it’s not exactly his issue.

    Here’s what happened. Last week, at a fundraising gala for the ultra-Orthodox Agudath Israel of America, its head, Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, said, in the presence of Mayor Bill DeBlasio,... read on

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