Jeffrey Salkin

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is an activist for Jewish ideas. A columnist, popular lecturer, and thought leader in the American rabbinate, he is the author of numerous books on Jewish spirituality and ethics. His new book on the future of liberal Judaism in America will be published in early 2024. His accompanying podcast, Martini Judaism, is available on Google, Apple and other sites.

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Dr. Ruth was a Jewish heroine

By Jeffrey Salkin — July 15, 2024
(RNS) — How many people’s lives became richer and more joyful because of this short, sweet, funny Jewish woman?

The woman who skipped the Nova music festival on Oct. 7

By Jeffrey Salkin — July 11, 2024
(RNS) — She was supposed to go. She didn’t. Therein lies a story.

When they say they are anti-Zionist

By Jeffrey Salkin — July 5, 2024
(RNS) — Which Zionism are you anti? Which Zionism might you support?

Why Kinky Friedman still matters

By Jeffrey Salkin — July 1, 2024
(RNS) — No, they ain't making Jews like Jesus anymore. And, for good reason. Thanks, Kinky.

The problem with social media and kids is also spiritual

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 27, 2024
(RNS) — For every parent who has wanted to rip the phone from their kid's hands — you are not wrong.

Synagogues and churches in Dagestan. A synagogue in LA. There is a connection.

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 25, 2024
(RNS) — There is an odd, terrible unity in all this. Pay attention.

Is President Biden too old to be president?

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 24, 2024
(RNS) — Leave politics aside. How we treat the diminished and the feeble matters.

Why the posting of the Ten Commandments is wrong

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 20, 2024
(RNS) — How could a rabbi criticize the Ten Commandments? Just watch me.

The best things my father ever said

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 17, 2024
(RNS) — He knew me, far more than I could have imagined.

Should I stay or should I go?

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 14, 2024
(RNS) — Or, to quote The Animals, is it time to sing ‘We gotta get out of this place’?

How to make Jerry Seinfeld cry

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 10, 2024
(RNS) — This is as far from yada yada as you could ever imagine.

The 39th-generation rabbi who is reinventing Judaism: Amichai Lau-Lavie

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 6, 2024
(RNS) — A Conservative rabbi? There is nothing conservative about Amichai Lau-Lavie.

The Trump trial reflected Jewish ideals

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 3, 2024
(RNS) — Donald Trump's day in court reminded me of how Judaism views rulers. Even, ex-rulers. Don’t let this man anywhere near office again.

‘Grandpa, tell us about Abbie Hoffman’

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 28, 2024
(RNS) — I search for the sources of today’s campus unrest. Was it Hoffman and Rubin?

Ivan Boesky was not good for the Jews

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 22, 2024
(RNS) — The word is ‘shanda.’ Ivan Boesky embodied it.
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