Rabbi Gold's Blog

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...

Aug 12 2014 - 5:04pm | Comments: 2

I know, I know. I don’t think I am, but sitting in the gate at Logan Airport (and wondering why the free Wi-Fi isn’t working) gives me the opportunity to reflect on why I’m going to Israel.

On July 1, I didn’t anticipate going to Israel this summer. But watching the war unfold these past...

Aug 3 2014 - 11:22pm | Comments: 2

What is Tisha B’Av?

The 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, which always falls during the heat of the summer months, is sort of a spiritual magnet for all kinds of historical catastrophes that befell the Jewish people.  This was most deeply represented by the destructions, half a...

Aug 1 2014 - 3:24pm | Comments: 0

My heart is in the East, and I’m in the distant west… (Yehuda Halevi 12th C. Spain)

Dear Friends,

As events in Israel continue to unfold, many of us are asking, “What can we be doing?” With this letter, I’d like to suggest a few possibilities.

• A...

Jul 4 2014 - 11:23am | Comments: 0

After the massacre of Naftali, Eyal, and Gilad, part of our anguish has been to demand that the Palestinian community respond appropriately to the extremists in their midst.

Now it’s our turn.  It is not clear yet exactly what happened to Mahmoud Abu Hadir, and whether the death of this...

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