Rabbi Gold's Blog

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,...

Feb 19 2014 - 6:10pm | Comments: 2

Of all things I love about Israel, I think there is one umbrella that captures most of them:  The opportunity to live out, on a daily basis, a life of idealism.  I know that’s possible anywhere – but it doesn’t happen everywhere.

A journey south into the desert puts this most obviously on...

Feb 17 2014 - 6:27pm | Comments: 0

I'm in Tel Aviv on the ARZA Leadership Mission. This is Part 2 of Monday's reflections.

The second half of Monday careened between two poles of the best and worst of Israel.

The afternoon was very powerful.  Our group from ARZA went to the most depressed...

Feb 17 2014 - 6:16pm | Comments: 0

I'm on a leadership mission to Israel with ARZA. Here's some reflections from Monday, which needs to be divided into two parts.
 

The morning started with another eye-opening lecture about modern Israel, by Professor Eilon Schwartz, founder of Shaharit (“...

Feb 15 2014 - 5:40pm | Comments: 0

Today my travel partner Joe Volman and I spent Shabbat with Rabbi Edgar Nof, a whirlwind day of special people and beautiful Mitzvah work.

The itinerary started with Shacharit at Rabbi Nof’s shul in Netanya (called, unsurprisingly, Kehillat Natan Ya), a small intimate sanctuary housed in...

Feb 15 2014 - 4:22pm | Comments: 3

Shabbat Shalom from Haifa!  It was wonderful to return to Congregation Or Hadash for Kabbalat Shabbat.  Or Hadash really has become our primary synagogue in Israel, and entering their sanctuary genuinely feels like coming home.

Rabbi Shai Beloosesky welcomed us warmly as he always does;...

Feb 9 2014 - 7:34pm | Comments: 3

In London for the 50th Anniversary of the Czech Memorial Trust with 7 members of our congregation. 

Fifty years ago, 1500 Sifrei Torah from 153 annihilated communities of Bohemia and Moravia were acquired by the Trust at the Westminster Synagogue.  Some of Torahs are in tatters, damaged...

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