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Why Roe v. Wade must stand

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — An anguished plea for choice and moral autonomy. Before it is too late.

For Israel, hope wins over mockery

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 5, 2022
Israel's #2 song -- a hidden historical nugget.

What Stephen Colbert could teach Jews

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 4, 2022
A late night theology lesson. It took all of about sixty seconds.

‘Russian Doll’ is the story of Jewish history

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 2, 2022
(RNS) — We live our lives as stories within stories. This Netflix series shows you why.

An old synagogue in Krakow could heal our social ills

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 29, 2022
(RNS) — From the cobblestone streets, a lesson in religious (and cultural) diversity.

Poland and the Jews. It’s complicated.

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 27, 2022
(RNS) — Yes, these bones can live.

Your life is a seder, and its story is a haggadah

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 22, 2022
No human story is ever complete. We always wind up skipping some pages.

‘I hate the Russians’

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 21, 2022
(RNS) — Can you blame a Ukrainian Jewish refugee for not singing ‘Kumbaya’?

Hey, New York Times — leave my God alone!

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 18, 2022
(RNS) — I like snark. But theo-snark? Not so much.

What I learned at the Ukraine-Poland border

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 14, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Never forget what your eyes have seen.’ Those words from Deuteronomy speak to me, louder than ever.

Amy Schumer is more Jewish than she thinks

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 9, 2022
(RNS) — How do I know? I was her rabbi.

Why I miss Estelle Harris. Even her voice.

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 5, 2022
(RNS) — Estelle Harris deserves ‘serenity now.’

When a rabbinical school closes

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 28, 2022
(RNS) — A requiem for a rabbinical program. Actually, for far more than that.

When Madeleine Albright ‘became’ Jewish

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 24, 2022
(RNS) — A great American, a great immigrant, a great Jew.

Can clergy avoid burnout?

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 21, 2022
(RNS) — Religious leaders cannot be everything and they cannot do everything. Ask Mordecai, the hero of Purim.
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