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

Does my alma mater deserve an F in antisemitism?

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 17, 2024
(RNS) — If antisemitism is a test, what does it mean for a college to fail?

Prime Minister Netanyahu, don’t take us to Masada

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 15, 2024
(RNS) — Israel survived a night of dark fear. Let's keep it that way.

Six months of Jewish loneliness

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 10, 2024
(RNS) — Six months. That’s all you need to know.

Shalom, Larry David!

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 8, 2024
(RNS) — 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' was perhaps the most Jewish series on television. Here is why.

Is the eclipse good for the Jews?

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 5, 2024
It's not only the sun that was in eclipse. It's something else, as well.

Where was God on Oct. 7?

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 3, 2024
(RNS) — An ancient question becomes tragically timely. One of Judaism’s greatest thinkers tackles it, and sparks fly.

Senator Joseph Lieberman’s real legacy to America and the Jews

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 29, 2024
(RNS) — A great American, and a great Jew, has died.

That terror attack in Moscow: What the world does not realize

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 28, 2024
(RNS) — From Oct. 7 to Moscow: This is the real battle.

When Stephen Colbert and Paul Simon talked about faith

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 25, 2024
(RNS) — Two amazing personalities open their souls on national television. What a gift!

God loves you. Deal with it.

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 21, 2024
The Jewish eroticism that hides in almost plain sight.

That really nasty part of Purim

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 20, 2024
(RNS) — The end of the book of Esther is monstrous. How do we cope with it?

The speech Jonathan Glazer could have given

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 15, 2024
(RNS) — What would it look like if Jewish celebrities stood up for Judaism and the Jewish people? Maybe this.

A new poetry, post-Oct. 7

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 14, 2024
A new Israeli literature has emerged out of the rubble of Oct. 7. It is powerful, devastating and hopeful.

We need a post-October 7 Talmud: a conversation with Liel Leibovitz

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 7, 2024
You think that the Talmud is just an old, arcane book? Guess again. It might be what our culture needs.

When Jewish rights were human rights

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 6, 2024
(RNS) — A chance encounter with the son of one of the great Jewish moral heroes of the last half century. Few people think of him now, and therein lies the story.
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