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Aug 8, 2019, 5:46 AM
Shabbat, Tisha B’Av, and the key to Jewish survival
A fashion designer once said, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” While there is truth to this statement throughout the year, it is particularly accurate this Shabbat, known as Shabbat Chazon, the...
Jan 28, 2019, 10:52 AM
Learning from Failure: We Can Do Better with Our Converts
Integrating Jewish converts into mainstream Jewish life has been a perennial challenge. The roots of the issue appear in the Torah itself. This past Shabbat, in synagogues throughout the world, we read how Jethro, inspired by all of G-d’s wondrous...
Nov 5, 2018, 6:29 AM
Searching for Light after Terror
This has been a trying time for the Jewish People. Eleven innocent Jews were savagely murdered while attending services on Shabbat morning. What is there to say in the face of such sadness, darkness and gloom? This past week's Torah...
Sep 30, 2018, 9:07 AM
One Confirmation Hearing — Three Jewish Lessons
I, along with millions of others, was glued to my screen watching Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. Beyond the general fascination and intrigue, I believe there are three meaningful Jewish lessons to be learned from this painful episode. The first lesson...
Mar 23, 2017, 10:53 PM
No Ordinary Graduation
By many accounts, the future seems uncertain for the Jewish People. Anti-Semitism is on the rise, Iran’s nuclear ambitions continue and here in the United States, we face an unprecedented polarized political environment that threatens the stability of the...
Jul 14, 2016, 7:50 AM
Jewish Values, Bagels and Police
This morning I, along with two members of my congregation, Young Israel of Fort Lee, were taken to our local police station. No, we were not arrested. Rather, we were taken there by the words of a wise rabbi...
Apr 6, 2016, 9:22 AM
Rethinking expectations about expecting
For couples who struggle with infertility, even innocent questions about children may be excruciating
Rabbi Zev Goldberg is the rabbi at Young Israel of Fort Lee in Fort Lee, NJ.