Rabbi Gold's Blog

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: 0

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...

Dec 30 2014 - 11:14pm | Comments: 4

There’s a fine, thoughtful movie in theaters now about the meaning of freedom, and it’s not “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” It’s “Into the Woods,” the new cinematic version of the Sondheim musical.

“Into the Woods” intertwines several classic fairy tales:  Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack & the...

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...

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