Rabbi Gold's Blog

Dec 19 2014 - 8:47am | Comments: 0

For years at Temple Shir Tikva, we’ve had Alan Gross’s name on our Mi Shebeirach list, the list of individuals whom we remember for ‘healing’ every time we gather for prayer.

Alan Gross is a Jewish American who had been working to strengthen and develop the Jewish community in Cuba when...

Dec 9 2014 - 11:10pm | Comments: 0

It was about 15 years ago that Danny Siegel first introduced me to the magnificent students of the Broad Meadows Middle School in Quincy, MA, and their inspirational teacher Ron Adams. Today it was such a pleasure to go back and meet a new generation of Quincy kids with Danny, my rebbe and...

Nov 21 2014 - 10:34am | Comments: 0

In the 48 hours since the terrorist attack on Jews at prayer in Jerusalem, I’ve received several emails from members of the Islamic Center of Boston just across the street from Shir Tikva.  All of them were personal correspondence to me, and each of the them forcefully expressed sorrow and...

Nov 18 2014 - 10:36pm | Comments: 1

It’s not like there haven’t been atrocious Palestinian terrorist attacks in the heart of a Jewish neighborhood before, obviously.  But somehow, the massacre of Jews at prayer in a Jerusalem synagogue early Tuesday morning feels different. (And that’s not just a short American attention span...

Oct 12 2014 - 1:33pm | Comments: 0

The rabbis' sermons from Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur are up on this website. 

Enjoy!  We love to hear your comments, always.

Oct 2 2014 - 11:45pm | Comments: 0

The (potentially) holiest day of the of Jewish calendar is less than 24 hours away.  Let’s review some of the customs that we’ll experience together:

The most important word of the season is TESHUVAH.  Teshuvah means “turning-back-in-repentance”; changing the patterns of our lives that...

Aug 17 2014 - 6:08am | Comments: 3

Now this is how you end a trip like this:  Shabbat in Haifa, with dear and special friends. The week began with war, but was marked by a cease-fire that continues to hold.  Still, the country is on edge, wondering if the war is over or just on pause.

At the end of an exhausting couple of...

Aug 15 2014 - 8:09am | Comments: 1

“Lone Soldiers” are an Israeli phenomenon.  There are some young people around the world who are so inspired by the notion of a Jewish state – with a Jewish army to protect itself, the first one in nearly 1,900 years – that they go and enlist. Some of them end up staying and making Aliyah....

Aug 14 2014 - 7:54pm | Comments: 0

When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the corners of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. – Leviticus 19:9

We came to the land to build and to be built [livnot u’l’hibanot] – Early Zionist Song & Slogan...

Aug 13 2014 - 5:33pm | Comments: 0

Sderot is the city of about 25,000 people that sits on the edge of the Gaza Strip. Plenty of villages and cities in Israel, especially its southeastern region, have been on the receiving end of the rockets and missiles from Hamas, but “Sderot” has become a sort of shorthand—and more than any...

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