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  • What Hath Roth Wrote?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    May 27, 2014 | 6:34 pm

    I'd like to imagine that the famous writer had the last laugh, but I suspect that he's far too much of a gentleman for that.

    I am referring to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America awarding an honorary doctorate to Philip Roth last week. ... read on

  • Let’s Stop Coddling Our College Students!

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    May 20, 2014 | 8:44 am

    This past weekend, my youngest son graduated from college. It was a true shehecyanu moment for our family, not least of all because it might mean that this was the last tuition check that I will ever have to sign.

    The commencement speaker was Jose Andres, a celebrity chef and... read on

  • Happy Birthday, Batman!

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    May 14, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    This past weekend, I happened to drive through my old hometown on Long Island. It passed by the house of the kid in my neighborhood who put a sheet around his shoulders, climbed onto his roof, and would have jumped off had his mother not intervened. 

    Like every other kid in... read on

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  • A “Supreme” Case for Israel

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    May 6, 2014 | 7:22 am

    Am I the only one who noticed the ironic coincidence? This past week, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway, ruled that it was permissible for that upstate New York town to have explicit religious prayer in its legislative sessions.

    It happened at the... read on

  • The Best Holocaust Novel No One Has 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

  • 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

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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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