Rabbi Gold's Blog

May 17 2015 - 9:52am | Comments: 0

Chag Samayach – Today is Yom Yerushalayim, celebrating the unification of Jerusalem and its centrality in Jewish spiritual life. My favorite city in the world, and the place which is perpetually in my thoughts and our prayers.

Of course, Jerusalem isn’t really “unified,” and it can seem a...

Apr 24 2015 - 5:08pm | Comments: 1

I walk across some stones
The day is blue-tiled light.
The sun is sealed across.

My mother leads me by the hand
into the den of names.
I walk across some stones.

The mirror is black.
The candles have...

Apr 19 2015 - 4:10pm | Comments: 0

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks, I’m thinking back to where I was at that fateful time.

 After watching the early runners go past our home in the morning, we set about our errands for the day. Most important was buying a suit for my son,...

Mar 16 2015 - 10:28pm | Comments: 0

I’m at the annual convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (with Rabbi Jen Gubitz), the organization of North American Reform rabbis. 

There have been several powerful moments, and there are sure to be more tomorrow – it’s a good atmosphere to be in as the Israeli elections...

Mar 3 2015 - 12:01pm | Comments: 5

You knew it was going to be one hell of a speech, and so it was. Even his opponents have to acknowledge that PM Netanyahu is a fantastic speaker and a master of the art of politics.

Right off the bat, his tone was conciliatory, acknowledging the controversy of his visit, saying “that was...

Feb 14 2015 - 6:37pm | Comments: 0

Jon Stewart’s announcement that he was leaving his nightly “fake news” show sent sad ripples of “Say it ain’t so!” through at least the progressive community. The man has been a national treasure for over a decade, not necessarily for his political commentary, but more than anything for his...

Feb 2 2015 - 11:43pm | Comments: 1

Tu BiShvat is the mini-holiday that begins on Tuesday evening, the so-called “New Year for Trees.”  It is first mentioned in the Mishnah over 1800 years ago as one of four “New Year’s Days” that fall during the Jewish calendar. But I have an Orthodox friend, half a generation older than me, who...

Jan 16 2015 - 1:13pm | Comments: 1

As Shabbat and Martin Luther King Day arrive, I’m thinking about the work we’ve been doing at Shir Tikva hosting Family Promise.

For the past two weeks, three homeless families – adults, children, and a baby – have been living in our shul.  Scores of volunteers in our temple community...

Jan 12 2015 - 12:02am | Comments: 1

The terror attacks in France have most certainly had a ripple effect: The first response of many Parisians and people all around the world was “Je Suis Charlie” – an act of identification with the satirical magazine that was attacked by jihadi terrorists on January 7. Twelve people—ten staff...

Jan 4 2015 - 6:05pm | Comments: 2

Whenever I have the opportunity to officiate at the funeral of a Holocaust survivor, I consider it a special and sublime privilege.  I got that privilege again this morning – and although it’s not my habit to post about such a thing, I wanted to share some observations about the man we laid to...

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