Martini Judaism

Goodbye, Baba Ram Dass

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 23, 2019

(RNS) — Why did Richard Alpert become Baba Ram Dass? It is the story of American Judaism.

Trump made us ask, again: Who are the Jews, anyway?

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 18, 2019

(RNS) — The president’s executive order seeks to protect Jewish kids on campus. But we have to do our part as well.

To the Jews who applauded Trump

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 10, 2019

(RNS) — Trump uses anti-Semitic themes and Jews love it. What is wrong with this picture? Everything.

Anti-Semitism is a public health crisis

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 4, 2019

(RNS) — Let’s start treating Jew hatred the way we treated cigarette smoking. Make it taboo.

Was Mister Rogers the messiah?

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 27, 2019

(RNS) — Why the explosion of Fred Rogers-mania? Because the children’s TV host is the antithesis of everything in this country today.

What about those Israeli settlements?

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 20, 2019

(RNS) — Evangelicals are cheering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that the U.S. no longer considers Israeli development of the West Bank illegal, but some Jewish values take precedence over land.

God’s Uber driver in Pittsburgh

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 11, 2019

(RNS) — In a modern Hasidic story, Melchizedek appears as an Uber driver in Pittsburgh.

When a Jewish magazine dies

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 5, 2019

(RNS) — Sh’ma, the 40-year-old journal of Reform Jewish thought, utters Sh’ma, the deathbed prayer. Don’t mourn too much. It did its job.

For our own sake, no one should ‘die like a dog’

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 28, 2019

(RNS) — How we deal with his death, and the postures that we bring to that death, shape the fate of our civilization and make it worthy of defense against the likes of ISIS.

Why did Robert Bowers attack Tree of Life synagogue?

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 23, 2019

(RNS) — Jews’ pesky determination to bring an ethical, spiritual vision to the world has made us a target since ancient times.

On Sukkot, think of the Kurds

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 17, 2019

(RNS) — While, as Tom Petty sang, we don’t have to live like refugees, we do have to remember what it means to live like a refugee.

Your rabbi has sinned

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 6, 2019

Religious professionals screw up in all sorts of ways. Forgive them.

American Jewry’s very bad, terrible year

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 2, 2019

It’s not about how they hate us. It’s about how God loves us. That is the lesson for Jews on Rosh Ha Shanah.

The religious vision of the Grateful Dead’s Robert Hunter

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 26, 2019

(RNS) — Note to Deadheads: There is a hidden link between Robert Hunter and Rosh Hashana.

Academic antisemitism returns

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 20, 2019

Has Judaism become not cool for school?

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