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?
The new iPhone will let you set your clock to the time of any city in any country — except Jerusalem. It is the lone city listed without a country. ‘This is not upgrading. It is degrading,’ writes Jeffrey K. Salkin.
Pope Francis has won praise for his move towards a more universalist church. What would stop Israel’s chief rabbis from following the same path?