Jewish Journal

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By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

October 28, 2014 | 8:22 am

If it is true that “Jews are news,” then it is even more true that “new Jews are even more news.” I am talking about the recent discovery that a prominent Orthodox rabbi in Washington, DC... read on

  • The Adventures of Super Jew

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    October 21, 2014 | 8:01 am

    You just never know what people are going to hear in a sermon. Especially kids.

    That was my reaction when Ari, an eight year old boy in my congregation, came over to me after Rosh Ha Shanah services. He had been listening to my sermon about Israel and its battle against militant... read on

  • Malala’s Bat Mitzvah

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    October 15, 2014 | 6:36 am

    You would have to have a heart encrusted with cynicism to not be moved by Malala Yousafzai.

    It is, in many ways, a modern miracle. An activist for equal education for young girls in her native Pakistan, Malala survived a Taliban bullet and expanded her local quest into an... read on

  • The Blues Brothers Were Right

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    October 7, 2014 | 6:57 am

    Someday, I will start a Jewish oldies program on late night radio. My theme song would be the classic hymn: “All The World Shall Come To Serve Thee,” which is an authentic musical souvenir of our classical Reform heritage.

    All the world shall come to serve Thee
      And bless Thy... read on

  • The Sermon For The Teenagers

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    October 1, 2014 | 7:36 am

    My Yom Kippur fantasy: I want to speak to a congregation that consists only of teenagers. Imagine that it is Yom Kippur. This is what I would say.


    If you have been paying attention, it has been a bad year for celebrity deaths. There was, of course, the late comedian and... read on

  • 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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