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Jeffrey Salkin

Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is the rabbi of Temple Israel in West Palm Beach, Florida and the author of numerous books on Jewish spirituality and ethics, published by Jewish Lights Publishing and Jewish Publication Society.

All Stories by Jeffrey Salkin

David Crosby was my first Bible teacher

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 24, 2023
(RNS) — He lived hard, played well, sang beautifully and died in a good old age. What else could you ask for?

Why every Jewish kid goes on Birthright

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 19, 2023
It is a rite of passage for almost every Jewish college student. Its impact goes even further than you know.

A great historian unlocks the key to antisemitism

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 18, 2023
He "got" the Jews -- even more than the Jews do.

Our kids need heroes. This book will give them who they need.

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 16, 2023
Call it the altruism deficit. It's real, and there are solutions.

Some of my best friends are Islamophobic

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 13, 2023
(RNS) — Remember Dr. King by fighting back against the small bigotries of life.

Israel. Relationship: Complicated

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 11, 2023
(RNS) — He was the greatest Jewish hero of the last two hundred years. Time to meet him.

Does the state of Israel still have a prayer?

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 9, 2023
(RNS) — I love Israel. Its current government — not at all. I pray that it changes, or that its policies change. Too much is at stake.

Is this antisemitism, or something else?

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 4, 2023
(RNS) — It’s not Jew hatred. But even still, it stings.

George Santos lied. Here is why it matters.

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 29, 2022
(RNS) — Rep. George Santos is a poseur, a wannabe and a liar. He should not be allowed to serve in Congress.

The best books of 2022

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 27, 2022
They piled up on my nightstand, crowded my Kindle, and invaded my brain. You will love them, as well.

On Hanukkah, celebrate the Jewish counterculture

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 23, 2022
Jews are different. Judaism is different. Just ask Walter from "The Big Lebowski."

Eight things that will surprise you about Hanukkah

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 19, 2022
(RNS) — Great truths about Hanukkah. One for each night. (As for the 'right' way to spell it, you're on your own.)

Why a Florida school district banned a book about Shabbat

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 16, 2022
(RNS) — A Florida school district knows the truth about Shabbat. It is subversive.

Will Chat GPT rot our brains?

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 12, 2022
(RNS) — In which I test drive Chat GPT. So you don't have to.

How to be the wrong kind of Jew

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 9, 2022
A primer on intra-Jewish bigotry. It isn't pretty, but we can fix this.
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