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Sonny Fox and the Holocaust: a little-known connection

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 28, 2021

He was a childhood “friend.” Here is the story that few people know.

Debbie Friedman is still singing

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 26, 2021

No one changed modern worship like Debbie. May her memory be a blessing.

Healing and unity? Not yet

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 19, 2021

(RNS) — There is such a thing as ‘cheap grace.’ This is precisely not the time for it.

If you’re religious and supported President Trump

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 11, 2021

(RNS) — Can you simultaneously believe in God and the president?

How Jewish is “Ma Rainey”?

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 5, 2021

The late Chadwick Boseman was amazing in “Ma Rainey.” Even more than you think.

The religious word of the year: COVIDOLOGY

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 29, 2020

Is COVID-era faith a Nehru jacket? Or a Brooks Brothers suit that simply needs a new tie?

The best religion books of 2020

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 23, 2020

Biblio-therapy for the ill at ease. That means — all of us.

That’s Dr. Biden to you!

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 15, 2020

(RNS) — You call a professional what that person wants to be called. End of discussion.

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.

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