Jeffrey K. Salkin


My Search for the Perfect Biblical Blue

By Jeffrey K. Salkin

A few of the author’s many blue inks on paper. / Jeffrey K. Salkin Read More


What an iPhone Feud Says About the Ancient Fight for Jerusalem

By Jeffrey K. Salkin

What an iPhone Feud Says About the Ancient Fight for Jerusalem
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.Read More


Is Pope Francis Most Small-C Catholic Pontiff Ever?

By Jeffrey K. Salkin

Is Pope Francis Most Small-C Catholic Pontiff Ever?
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?Read More


A Song Stilled Too Soon

By Jeffrey K. Salkin

The poet-laureate of the Jewish people, Chaim Nachman Bialik, once wrote a poem in which he extolled someone who died “before his time and before anyone’s time. He had one more song to sing, but now that song is stilled forever.”Read More


Sixty Years Since the Peekskill Riots

By Jeffrey K. Salkin

Sixty Years Since the Peekskill Riots
A few miles away from Woodstock in upstate New York Jews and blacks were attacked by local fascists and Klan members. Sixty years ago this week Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and their audience were first prevented from having a concert and then attacked leaving it.Read More






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