Jewish Journal

My Role Model’s Gone

By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

August 19, 2014 | 5:27 am

If you are reading this blog, it is because of Leonard Fein. 

Leonard, known to everyone as Leibel, died this past week at the age of eighty. He was a writer, sociologist, educator,... read on

  • Shazbot, shalom

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    August 12, 2014 | 11:59 am

    The modern Hebrew poet Hayim Nahman Bialik put it this way:

    There was a man -- and see: he is no more!
    Before his time did this man depart
    And the song of his life in its midst was stilled
    And alas! One more tune did he have
    And now that tune is forever lost
    Forever lost!

    ... read on
  • We Are Not Alone

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    August 6, 2014 | 6:30 am

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

    Two Jews are walking in a dangerous neighborhood late at night. Suddenly, they hear footsteps behind them. One of them turns to survey the situation, and then says to his companion: “We had better get out of here quickly. There are two of... read on

  • We Never Wanted To Be Tough Guys

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 29, 2014 | 7:07 pm

    Call it an occupational hazard.

    Because I am a rabbi, I have this bizarre habit of looking at what’s going on in the world, and seeing it reflected in the weekly Torah portion.

    A few weeks ago, while we were still in the book of Numbers, in a primitive act of vengeance Pinchas... read on

  • You’re Not My Friend Anymore!

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 24, 2014 | 7:34 am

    Shakespeare began “Richard III” by speaking about the “winter of our discontent.”

     Fuhgetaboudit. This is the summer of our discontent. Israel has already lost 36 soldiers. There have been close to 700 deaths in Gaza.

    And I just lost two friends.

    Well, I didn’t exactly “lose”... read on

  • 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

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