Our new president’s statements have been chaotic, confusing, and seemingly devoid of any kind of ideological coherence.
Here is the question that Peter Beinart does not ask, the question that lurks behind his observation of Jared’s observance. It is a deeper, and even darker question about American Jews and their Judaism. The truth is: while many Jews are connected, at least ritually, to Judaism, when we talk about the values that they live and promote – is there is a vast Jewish disconnect?
When Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, a retired rabbi from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, performed an intermarriage ceremony for his stepdaughter and her fiancé in 2014 more than a glass got shattered at the end of the wedding ceremony. Rabbi Rosenbloom’s membership in the Rabbinical Assembly wound up in pieces as well. In December 2016, the rabbinical body expelled him for disobeying the ban on rabbinic officiation at intermarriages. Not only officiating; also attending intermarriages, even those of close relatives, is asur (forbidden).
When it comes to rising sea levels, we can’t afford denial, writes Jeffrey K. Salkin.
Feeling numb about the tragedy in San Bernadino? Judaism says that’s a normal reaction — and offers some suggestions for how to move beyond it.
On American college campuses, anti-Semitism has become politically correct — even chic. Jeffrey Salkin says we’re only making matters worse by sending Jewishly-ignorant kids to school.
How do you say kaddish for a magazine that is 100 years old? Jeffrey Salkin explains why Jewish readers have special reason to sit shiva after the bloodbath at The New Republic.
NPR radio host Tom Magliozzi has died — and that’s a distinctly Jewish loss, Jeffrey Salkin writes. ‘Car Talk’ had deep Torah in it.
The story of Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai is inspirational. Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin says we should incorporate her vision for girls education in the bat mitzvah ceremony.
Fountain pen collector Jeffrey Salkin has spent years obsessively hunting for the perfect blue ink. Is it really a modern version of Judaism’s centuries-old search for the biblical tekhelet?