Rabbi Gold's Blog

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...

Jun 30 2014 - 10:43pm | Comments: 1

Such sad and heartbreaking news coming out of Israel today, as the slain bodies of three Jewish boys kidnapped by Hamas terrorists have been found.  Our community, like virtually every Jewish community in the world, has been praying since this began that this moment would not arrive.  Like...

Jun 17 2014 - 11:26am | Comments: 1

After the Rolling Stones packed up from their performance in Tel Aviv last week, I found myself wondering:  Is it possible to separate the artist from the art?  Is it possible not to?

That’s a classic philosophical question, and most of the time we have to agree that we’d have to make...

May 26 2014 - 8:52pm | Comments: 2

I’ve been watching the Pope Francis’s visit to Israel with great interest over the past few days – I even watched his some of the events live on EWTN, which was a station that I didn’t even know until this weekend that my cable system carried.

When people have asked me over the past year...

May 13 2014 - 9:08am | Comments: 0

A special guest arrived at Shir Tikva last night:  A Torah scroll that has been crossing the country, stopping at communities across the way like a Jewish version of the Olympic torch.  (And why not?  The Torah is likened to a flame. A famous midrash compares the two:  “Fire:  up close, one can...

Apr 27 2014 - 10:36pm | Comments: 3

The Holocaust doesn't explain why we're here. The Holocaust explains why we fight as fiercely as we do to stay here, but it doesn't explain our rootedness.  -   Israeli journalist & author Yossi Klein Halevi

 It’s Yom HaShoah, the annual international day...

Mar 30 2014 - 4:56pm | Comments: 0

I.  THE PROBLEM WITH MOVIES

The new Noah movie isn’t exactly what’s being marketed. The trailers and commercials appear make it look like the latest Marvel action flick (“If you liked Gladiator…”, goes the TV commercial) but the movie itself is something quite different.

A caveat...

Feb 25 2014 - 1:09pm | Comments: 0

Back on the ground in the Old Country and I’m thinking what the takeaways from this ARZA Leadership Mission are. 

It was a very full week. Each day was densely packed with meeting inspiring people—activists for social justice, pioneers living their ideals, and leaders of the Reform...

Feb 24 2014 - 5:02am | Comments: 0

A beautiful Shabbat evening with the chevra at Kehillat Birkat Shalom on Kibbutz Gezer. Many thanks to Rabbi Miri Gold, David Leichman, and many new friends for another Shabbat that was invigorating, fun, and inspirational.  It was the antidote to a heavy, heavy day – and it was the perfect way...

Feb 23 2014 - 6:15pm | Comments: 0

Friday our ARZA mission spent in Ramallah, just a few miles (a stone’s throw?) from Jerusalem.

Ramallah is the de facto capital of the Palestinian Authority. The influx of money meant to catalyze the peace process means it is a relatively affluent city; there are some beautiful homes,...

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