Rabbi Gold's Blog

Nov 25 2015 - 9:14am | Comments: 2

I’m not sure we’re paying attention.

I’m not sure we’re paying attention to the evil scapegoating that is unfolding before our very eyes. In the din of a world that is truly seething—with multiple terror attacks and millions of refugees seeking a haven—one political party’s leading...

Nov 2 2015 - 2:50pm | Comments: 1

There are a few historical touchstones in our lives where we’ll always remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. The assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King come to mind for those of that generation. 9/11, of course, is that day for all of us.


Oct 25 2015 - 11:26am | Comments: 1

When I went to Israel last week, lots of people said, “Be safe.” To each of you I’d like to say: I get it. I will be; I was.

It’s been a rotten few weeks in Israel. In the wake of Mahmoud Abbas’s speech at the U.N., where he announced that his Palestinian Authority is no longer bound by...

Oct 23 2015 - 4:30pm | Comments: 1

Thursday was Show Time, the opportunity to take all those resolutions to the floor of the World Zionist Congress for its approximately 500 voting members to consider.

It was a forum that—for a place full of such serious themes—could break out into comedy amazingly quickly. One of the...

Oct 21 2015 - 4:59pm | Comments: 0

Did you vote in the elections for the World Zionist Congress last year?  You’ll recall that we spent a lot of time registering progressive Jews to vote. Well, today I saw the results of our success at the polls firsthand.

And have no doubt, we were successful. ARZA garnered the largest...

Oct 20 2015 - 5:23pm | Comments: 2

Numbers 2:2 says The people of Israel shall camp each under his own banner, and that’s what it felt like walking into the convention center in Jerusalem this morning on the opening day of the 37th World Zionist Congress.  Jewish groups from around the world were each assigned a place in the room...

Oct 19 2015 - 4:45pm | Comments: 0

Jerusalem is a port city on the shore of eternity. 
–Yehuda Amichai

Nighttime in Jerusalem, and I’m reflecting on a full day of preparations for the 37th World Zionist Congress, which opens Tuesday morning.

The First Zionist Congress was convened by...

Oct 16 2015 - 5:54pm | Comments: 0

Parashat Noach
4 Cheshvan 5776 / October 16, 2015
Rabbi Neal Gold

This week’s Torah portion is Noach, the story that we’ve all known since we were little kids: G-d, who last week looked upon all of Creation and found it טוֹב מְאֹד (“very good”), this week looks again and...

Sep 5 2015 - 11:52pm | Comments: 4

[Plays the beginning riff of “Right Off.” Leaves it playing in the background during the opening paragraphs.]

This is the opening track of a record by Miles Davis, called A Tribute to Jack Johnson. Miles Davis, of course, was the great trumpeter and bandleader...

Aug 8 2015 - 8:55pm | Comments: 1

Today, August 8, 2015, is the 100th anniversary of when my grandmother Evelyn Gold came into the world.  She died about 14 months ago, on a Shabbat morning a few weeks before her 99th birthday, quickly and painlessly and unexpectedly.

She was such a big part of our lives, right up to the...


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