Saul Aaron Kripke was born on November 13, 1940, in Bay Shore, New York, United States to the family of Rabbi Myer Samuel Kripke and writer Dorothy Karp. The family soon moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where Kripke spent the rest of his childhood. His father was a Rabbi at the Conservative Jewish Beth El synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska and mother was an author of Jewish educational books. He grew up with two sisters, Madeline and Netta. He is the second cousin once removed of the television writer, director, and producer Eric Kripke.