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Yes, Roald Dahl was a Jew-hater

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 8, 2020

(RNS) — The family of the late British novelist and screenwriter has given the Jewish people an early Hanukkah gift: an apology.

No tears for that Iranian scientist

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 1, 2020

(RNS) — That Iranian scientist was planning mass murder. That is all you need to know. Almost all.

When visible Jews endanger lives

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — You think it’s anti-Semitic to criticize Orthodox Jewish gatherings? Then you might want to rethink Judaism.

President Trump is a religious leader

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 17, 2020

(RNS) — Trumpism, like other bad religions, denies science, identifies dark forces and denies reality.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks taught Judaism to the world

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 9, 2020

(RNS) — You know that whole ‘light to the nations’ thing? That was Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. His memory is a blessing.

Welcome to Sodom, USA

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 4, 2020

(RNS) — Cry the beloved country. No matter who wins.

‘Borat’ is dead serious

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — Forget, for a moment, about the banality of evil. There is also a banality of goodness, and Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie finds it, despite itself.

The hidden Jewishness of the Chicago 7

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 20, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ on Netflix hints at the internal Jewish drama that played out in the trial of Abbie Hoffman and his accomplice, Jerry Rubin.

COVID Judaism is now competitive religion

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The danger of online worship is that the individual worshipper abandons his or her own community and becomes a browser via the browser for spiritual audiovisual experiences.

For Trump, COVID-19 is about toxic masculinity

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 6, 2020

(RNS) — Donald Trump should heed how King Hezekiah — a ‘real man’ of the Bible — handled adversity. He cried.

POTUS has COVID. What should Jews be saying?

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 2, 2020

(RNS) — I hope he gets better soon. There. I said it.

Dear AOC: You blew it

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 26, 2020

(RNS) — US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made a huge mistake. There is still time to correct it.

The most Jewish thing that Ruth Bader Ginsburg ever did

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 20, 2020

(RNS) — What made RBG? You might be surprised.

COVID has led us all into sin

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 15, 2020

(RNS) — As Jews approach the High Holidays, we need to avoid the sins of perfectionism, envy — and becoming couch potatoes.

Synagogue awards for creative worship on the High Holy Days

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 9, 2020

These synagogues are doing unbelievable things for the High Holy Days. Like, really, unbelievable.

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