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.

All Stories by Jeffrey Salkin

When technology says: “Hold on a second…”

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 22, 2023
Just think: you can now instantly know someone's name. Cool, huh? Not so fast.

Donald Trump’s Rosh Hashana ‘gift’ to the Jews

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 20, 2023
(RNS) — None dare call it Jew-hatred. I do. This is no way to start a new year.

REM was right. We are “losing our religion.”

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 18, 2023
Has religion failed us, or have we failed religion? A century old book contains an answer to our spiritual emptiness.

What do Jews want to hear on the High Holy Days?

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 12, 2023
(RNS) — To my rabbinical colleagues, just when you thought you were done with your sermons.

“Rabbi, about the dust on my windows…”

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 11, 2023
"Never forget what your eyes have seen and your ears have heard." I won't. I can't.

Is ‘You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah’ good for the Jews — or Judaism?

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 5, 2023
(RNS) — Why is American Judaism bar/bat mitzvah-centric? Ask Adam Sandler and his family.

Who are the “rich men north of Richmond”?

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 29, 2023
Is the top song in the USA a dog whistle for a deeper, more ancient form of hatred? I wonder.

“Golda” is a triumph

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 28, 2023
Come for an Oscar-worthy performance by Helen Mirren. Stay for a tear-stained history lesson that is still relevant and powerful.

The thing about Bradley Cooper’s nose

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 21, 2023
Bradley Cooper playing Leonard Bernstein? No big deal. The nose thing? Meh. Let's all get a grip.

Am I still a centrist?

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 16, 2023
(RNS) — A plea from the anguished middle of the road.

The most important word in movie history

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 11, 2023
"Plastics." All the rest is commentary.

Robbie Robertson, the Band, and a song of exile

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 9, 2023
I already miss Robbie Robertson of the Band. Ah, but there is one song....

“The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem” is great drama and great history

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 8, 2023
On one level, the saga of a Sephardic Jewish family. On another, Israel 101.

Out of the death penalty in Pittsburgh, a testament of life

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 3, 2023
Robert Bowers cannot become the best known name from that horrific day. Let us remember his victims. Each one had a name.

Why Pee Wee Herman mattered

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 1, 2023
Paul Reubens, aka Pee Wee Herman, was in the tradition of the great Jewish comedians.
Page 1 of 54