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  • Fort Lauderdale Could Go The Way of Sodom

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    November 12, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    One of the most iconic lines from 1970s television was: “Book ‘em, Danno!” from the police drama “Hawaii Five-O.” That was how most episodes would end – with Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett telling his subordinate to “Book ‘em, Danno!” – usually specifying a charge like... read on

  • Our Automotive Rebbe Has Died

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    November 4, 2014 | 8:24 am

    It’s a stereotype, but Jewish men have an ancient and mostly well-earned reputation for not being able to fix things. (There have been many notable exceptions to this, including my father, who could fix anything).

    I have done my best to uphold this proud tradition of our people.... read on

  • Welcome Home, Karen Yemima

    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 had been secretly photographing women in the mikveh, as well as compelling prospective... read on

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  • 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

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