Martini Judaism

The Hamas attack on Israel is pure evil

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 8, 2023
(RNS) — An anguished cry from this broken Jewish heart. This was the worst day in Jewish history since 1945.

Why social justice in Israel cannot wait: a conversation with Orly Erez-Likhovski

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 5, 2023
One of Israel's most important social activists speaks out. We all need to hear her.

When life gets boring

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 4, 2023
We live with the constant threat of meh. How can you deal with it?

God gets needy, too

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 2, 2023
This year, let's keep God company. Because God is also lonely.

Don’t erase yourself. Re-write yourself.

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 26, 2023
A fancy word that you've never heard before. A process that we all need.

Is it really a “happy New Year?”

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 24, 2023
Not to be the grinch who stole the High Holy Days, but...

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
(RNS) — None dare call it Jew-hatred. I do. This is no way to start a new year.

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

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 18, 2023
Has religion failed us, or have we failed religion? A century old book contains an answer to our spiritual emptiness.

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.
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