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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

Is “Succession” Jewish?

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 1, 2023
The story of “Succession” seems like Shakespeare. Or, like Greek tragedy. And a little Bible as well.

Can you see the face of a friend?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 30, 2023
Social justice, kosher-style 101. Wrapped up in one poetic piece of Jewish law.

The hidden Torah of Steely Dan

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 24, 2023
Listen closely, dig deeper. There is far more to Steely Dan than meets the ear. Just like our sacred texts.

You’re More Resilient Than You Think • Rabbi Denise Eger & Rev. Dr. Neil G. Thomas

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 21, 2023
COVID isn't over. How has it affected our faith? Two pioneering clergy share their anguish and their hope.

Paul Simon gets religion

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 19, 2023
It only took him 82 years, but Paul Simon has created a masterful piece of Jewish liturgy.

Why can’t Israel be better?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 18, 2023
When it comes to Israel: "relationship complicated." The case against perfectionism.

Why there is no ice cream at Auschwitz

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 16, 2023
Because some places are holy. The survival of our culture depends on our ability to recognize that.

What Governor DeSantis needs to learn about the Holocaust and the Bible

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 12, 2023
On a daily basis, the anti-intellectual forces are gathering steam. What will we do about it?

Should the Tree of Life shooter get the death penalty?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 9, 2023
(RNS) — A new podcast: Should murderers be executed? For the Jews of Pittsburgh, the question is personal.

How King Charles III became a royal mensch

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 9, 2023
(RNS) — Pomp and circumstance, yes, but beneath some of it a tale of moral heroism.

God might be an underachiever

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 4, 2023
Rabbi Harold Kushner figured something out about God. Let's go one step further.

Harold Kushner was America’s rabbi

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 1, 2023
(RNS) — Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote the bestselling Jewish book of all time — with the possible exception of the Bible. His gentle wisdom helped and healed millions of people.

Happy 95th birthday, Cynthia Ozick!

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 27, 2023
"All the world wants the Jews dead." Cynthia Ozick was the prophetic voice that we needed. And, still need.

What Israel restored to the Jewish people

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 25, 2023
(RNS) — A love song to the state of Israel, on her 75th birthday. Even now. Especially now.

Is it time to reform Reform Judaism?

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 20, 2023
Whatever Jewish movement you are part of, make it better. That is what more than two hundred Reform leaders are prepared to do.
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