Rabbi Gold's Blog

Jul 26 2015 - 10:23am | Comments: 4

Today (Sunday, July 26) is the sad day in our calendar known as Tisha B’Av, a day which has become a spiritual magnet for all sorts of catastrophes that occurred throughout our history.  The fast begins on Saturday evening, and is symbolized by the...

Jun 28 2015 - 1:52pm | Comments: 0

 “The arc of the moral universe is long,” quoted Martin Luther King, “but it bends toward justice.” 

Dr. King employed that phrase in several important speeches during his lifetime. He was quoting Rev. Theodore Parker, a 19th Century Massachusetts...

Jun 21 2015 - 9:36pm | Comments: 0

There’s been a lot to say about the act of American terrorism in Charleston, SC, last week, where 9 people were murdered in the historic Emanuel AME Church—a lot to say about gun violence; the progression of racist violence this year from Ferguson, to Staten Island, to Baltimore, to Charleston;...

Jun 8 2015 - 1:15pm | Comments: 2

Last Sunday I sat in the pew of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Wayland for the last time.  After fifty years the church is closing its doors and its members are scattering. 

I’m not privy to the inner machinations of the church, but the explanations for its demise aren’t hard to fathom...

Jun 7 2015 - 12:27am | Comments: 1

For I have given you a good instruction; do not forsake my Teaching.  (Proverbs 4:2) 

 What a pleasure to learn Talmud from Dr. Ruth Calderon this evening at the gala for ARZA in New York City.

Dr. Calderon is a cultural phenomenon—and a symbol, for me,...

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...

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