Archive: November 2016

Help the Reform Movement Demand Equality at the Western Wall

Posted on November 2, 2016

Last winter, the Israeli government approved an egalitarian space for prayer at the Western Wall. The long-awaited plan is to create a new area by the Western Wall where the Conservative and Reform movements will be permitted to hold egalitarian prayer services. Under the agreement, this egalitarian prayer section will be located at the southern Continue Reading »

Honoring Those Who Seek it Least and Deserve it Most: Betty and Arthur Roswell

Posted on November 1, 2016

Who are most honorable? Those who honor others. — Pirkei Avot There are those who seek honor. From them, says the Talmud, honor runs away. On the other hand, those who do good for the sake of the deed and for the betterment of others are truly worthy of our respect. To honor such people is Continue Reading »

Welcoming Cheshvan

Posted on November 1, 2016

It seemed as if all through the Holy Day Season, I couldn’t wait to get to the next holy moment. During the month of Elul, I couldn’t wait to get to S’lichot. At Selichot, I couldn’t wait to get to Rosh Hashanah. During Rosh Hashanah, I couldn’t wait to get to Tashlich. After that, I Continue Reading »

Seeing the Possibilities

Posted on November 1, 2016

It was wonderful to see you during the Holy Days. Many people told me the words I shared on Yom Kippur were inspiring. My remarks are excerpted below. I wish you all a wonderful couple of months with much to be grateful for on Thanksgiving, a bright and joyous Chanukah and a happy and healthy Continue Reading »

How to Make your High Holy Days — and Daily Life — More Inclusive

Posted on November 1, 2016

We are now in the middle of what is colloquially known as the Jewish High Holy Days: Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur the New Year and Day of Atonement, respectively. These two events, outside their religious significance for Members of the Tribe, are incredibly special because of their motif and their ability to bring people together. Continue Reading »

What Judaism Means to Me

Posted on November 1, 2016

Every day, my day starts and ends with the words, “Only to do justice, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Those are the words on a plaque next to my sink. The plaque was presented to my father Dr. Murray Goldberg, in 1984 by the UJAFederation, and they are the Continue Reading »

Working to Bend the Arc Toward Justice

Posted on November 1, 2016

As a teenager, I sometimes cannot comprehend what is going on in the world today. Very often I hear of acts committed across America, and across the world, steeped in hatred and ignorance. Far too often, I see hot button issues talked about in the same hurtful ways in which they were discussed decades ago. Continue Reading »