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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

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

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 18, 2023
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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.
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