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Pearl Harbor and the fuel that still flows

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 7, 2021
(RNS) — If my late mother’s boyfriend had not perished at Pearl Harbor ...

‘To those who celebrate.’ What’s up with that?

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — It is a rather timid religious expression. Why do we insist on saying it?

No, Thanksgiving is not Sukkot

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 24, 2021
(RNS) — Actually, the Jewish connection is much cooler than we had thought.

A conservative Reform rabbi dies

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 22, 2021
(RNS) — An oxymoron? No. Therein lies a heartwarming and tear-stained story.

Larry David curbs his enthusiasm for Judaism

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 17, 2021
(RNS) — I wouldn't call the ADL on him. Not yet, anyway.

Michael Flynn, American theologian

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 16, 2021
(RNS) — Someone needs a basic lesson in the Constitution. That would be Michael Flynn.

Gal Gadot represents. Seriously.

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 11, 2021
(RNS) — Gal Gadot made me cry tears that were about 2,000 years old.

They returned to synagogue. Now what?

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — What we do not know yet is simply this: When they can come back to live, in-person worship, will they?

The Republican Jewish Coalition blew it

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 4, 2021
(RNS) — A Jewish group invites Trump to address them. This is the definition of shanda.

No, Jewish characters do not require Jewish actors

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 3, 2021
(RNS) — The problem of gentiles playing Jews? Is this really a thing?

Why Mort Sahl mattered

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 29, 2021
He was the alter zeyde, the grandfather of today's comics. He was also my rebbe.

The worst day in American Jewish history

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 27, 2021
(RNS) — Eleven people died the day of the Tree of Life shooting. They died the death of the righteous. They died as kedoshim, as martyrs.

When progressives betray their Jewish allies

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 22, 2021
(RNS) — When progressive groups turn against Israel, Jews need to step up and make our voices heard.

For Rabbi Earl Grollman, death was the classroom

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 20, 2021
(RNS) — Rabbi Earl Grollman has died. His books taught us how to cope with that.

A Jewish case for not liking ‘The Sopranos’

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 18, 2021
(RNS) — When it comes to media stereotypes, how did we let this one have a free pass?
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