Jewish Journal

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... 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

  • 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 all already been said?), we have not come up with any other institution that could possibly be... 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

  • A Great Teacher Turns Ninety

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    February 24, 2014 | 5:03 am

    As those who know me well, I have a thing about puns, both in English and in Hebrew as well. That was why I had to smile when my friend Dr. Aaron Panken, the new president of Hebrew Union college-Jewish Institute of Religion, paid public tribute to Professor Eugene B. Borowitz on... read on

  • Reinhold Niebuhr, Where Are You Now?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    February 18, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    If you were a Presbyterian minister, or simply a Presbyterian in the pew, you might ask yourself the following question: is it good that a Presbyterian-sponsored anti-Israel document gets an endorsement from both David Duke and Iran? Wouldn't you be concerned about what is being... read on

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