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Martini Judaism

The spirituality of a college reunion

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 14, 2022
A bunch of college friends. And then, someone tapped on a glass...

Does Sean Hannity believe in God?

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 12, 2022
(RNS) — Because if he does, we might ask: What does faith really mean?

Hollywood Jews must condemn Kanye

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 11, 2022
(RNS) — Kanye goes full violent antisemite. From the Jews in the entertainment industry: mostly crickets.

Do it today

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 9, 2022
(RNS) — An obscure quote in an old Polish synagogue sent me on the search for the meaning of life.

The greatest contemporary teacher of Judaism is a van driver in Israel

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 7, 2022
An unbelievable story that shook me and shaped me. The ultimate travel story to Israel.

It’s not fear. It’s faith.

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 6, 2022
(RNS) — Yes, I am scared. But I have something else in my pocket. So do you.

‘They hated us. They tried to kill us’ … An old joke becomes a Yom Kippur message

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 3, 2022
You know the joke. Time to go way deeper. It's about your life and your soul.

When Jewish leaders say “I was wrong”

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 1, 2022
It takes moral courage to say that you were wrong. 'Tis the season to do so.

The Jewish word that no one uses anymore

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 28, 2022
(RNS) — A word that comes straight out of the Jewish moral vocabulary list. Sometimes, it is about our own families.

Bring Leonard Cohen home for the High Holy Days

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 22, 2022
What can a late, lamented singer-songwriter teach us about inwardness and the Jewish new year? Plenty.

You must watch Ken Burns’ PBS series on America and the Holocaust

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 19, 2022
(RNS) — This documentary about the Holocaust was made for our times. To understand the darker elements of America, it is required viewing.

The worst college story you’ll read all year

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 15, 2022
You send your kids to college. Everything will be just fine. Really?

The scandal of Hasidic education — a cry from the heart

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 13, 2022
(RNS) — We are reeling from the report on Hasidic education. We needed to hear about this and we need to help repair it.

We need a louder and broader Jewish voice

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 12, 2022
(RNS) — Craig Taubman is not just a singer. He might actually be a latter-day prophet.

Why Queen Elizabeth mattered

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 9, 2022
(RNS) — It turns out we needed a queen all along.
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