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The Tiger Mom Gets Us Wrong

By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

January 7, 2014 | 7:55 am

Amy Chua (credit: David Shankbone/wikimedia commons)

I was the product of strict parenting. My parents insisted on discipline, good grades in school, and a generally no-nonsense approach to childhood. They disapproved of anything that... read on

  • Is the Pope Catholic?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 25, 2013 | 7:08 am

    There has been near-universal joyous reaction to Pope Francis’s recent proclamation that the Roman Catholic Church needs to focus less on issues like homosexuality, abortion and contraception and more on other, deeper spiritual matters. The Holy Father has been lauded for his... read on

  • When Perry Como Recorded “Kol Nidre”

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 11, 2013 | 4:49 am

    This s the sixtieth anniversary of one of the most unusual, one of the most obscure, and one of the most significant moments in American cultural history.

    I am referring, of course, to Perry Como’s recording of "Kol Nidre."

    Nostalgia warning: I am about to mention records.... read on

  • Who’s Your Daddy (Or: Who’s Your Mommy)?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    August 6, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    My old friend (and one-time youth grouper) Rabbi Aaron Panken was recently chosen to be the new president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform movement’s flagship seminary. It is an excellent choice. Aaron is a scholar, blessed with great intelligence,... read on

  • Mazal tov, Madonna?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 23, 2013 | 9:44 am

    Time to cue the band. Let’s see now: “Hava Nagilah?” “The Hokey Pokey?”

    Um, can you do the hora to “Material Girl?”

    Those were the questions on everyone’s lips this past week as the gossip pages roared the news that Rocco, son of the pop sensation Madonna and her ex-husband Guy... read on

  • Do You Davven With That Mouth?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 10, 2013 | 9:26 am

    A number of years ago, I attended a rather large gathering of Jews. On Shabbat, I found myself sitting at a table with a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews, including some rabbis, who hailed from Brooklyn.

    Right after motzi, some of them started talking about what we would now call the... read on

  • Aunt Trudy Will Not Be Saying Kaddish For Prop 8

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 1, 2013 | 2:53 pm

    The first wail of mourning that I ever heard in my life was at my great-aunt Trudy’s funeral.

    For forty-five years, Aunt Trudy had been my great-aunt Charlotte’s – what’s the word here? “Room mate?” “Apartment mate?” That’s what they were, technically – sharing a small, plainly... read on

  • Martini Judaism: for those who want to be shaken and stirred

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    June 25, 2013 | 4:46 pm

    “It’s Only Rock And Roll…
    …but I like it.”  Those were the immortal words of the Rolling Stones.

    And I do. I do like rock and roll, especially when its practitioners like Israel -- or, at the very least, are benignly neutral towards it.

    Unfortunately, it would seem that... read on