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Jul 5, 2017, 7:33 AM
The Wrong Way to React to Israel’s Recent Controversial Decisions
Six million is an impossible number to fathom. We can picture 60 or 600 people in a room, and maybe even identify with being among 6,000 or even 60,000 in a stadium, but beyond that, the number is simply...
Jun 29, 2016, 8:20 AM
Seeing the Rainbow in Grey Rather Than Black and White: LGBT & the Orthodox Community
I often find myself envious of people who live in a world of black and white and for whom everything seems so simple and clear. It would much easier not to struggle, feel torn or grapple with complexity and...
Jun 9, 2016, 5:31 PM
To Achieve Unity, You Don’t Have to Like Everyone, But You Must Love Them
On June 6, over 2,000 people from every denomination, background and affiliation attended the Boca Raton Jewish community Unity Day Event. These remarks were delivered there. “Can he unite the party?” “Can she unite the party?” Everyone is talking about...
Mar 29, 2016, 3:50 PM
Give commensurate with what you spend on your Pesach
Those who go the luxury Pesach route should give in kind to those for whom the holiday is too much of a luxury
Feb 10, 2016, 11:07 PM
Sharing is Not Always Caring
Despite what you may have been told as a child, sharing is not always caring. We are living in a transparent generation where the trend is towards sharing in the extreme. Over coffee with friends, at the water cooler with...
Dec 24, 2015, 11:15 AM
Failing to Plan is Planning for Your Family to Fail
Death is a highly uncomfortable and awkward subject. As a result, most people do all they can to avoid the subject altogether. While we would prefer to see ourselves as living forever, the Torah instructs us that, in fact,...
Dec 24, 2015, 12:33 AM
Failing to Prepare is Preparing for Your Family to Fail
Death is a highly uncomfortable and awkward subject. As a result, most people do all they can to avoid it altogether. While we would prefer to see ourselves as living forever, the Torah instructs us that in fact, reflecting...
Dec 9, 2015, 6:32 AM
Debate Fervently, Love Fiercely
Recently, the United States Holocaust Museum asked my synagogue to host an event of theirs. So this past Wednesday night, we hosted Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic for a conversation about anti-Semitism in Europe and around the world, a...
Nov 22, 2015, 4:35 PM
Accompanying Ezra Schwartz z”l
After the Ben Gurion airport ceremony: Thoughts from a rabbi whose child plans to go on an Israel gap year program
Nov 19, 2015, 4:27 AM
Israel Advocacy and Orthodoxy’s Boundaries: Being Right Versus Being Effective
The second of Stephen Covey’s highly acclaimed “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is to “begin with the end in mind.” In explaining this habit, Dr. Covey invites us to visualize our own funerals and carefully consider how we...
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg is the senior rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue in Boca Raton, Florida.