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Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg is the rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue.


Coronating the King: 4 Ways to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

We may not be invited to King Charles coronation, but we’re all eagerly wanted at a more prestigious coronation – the installation of the ultimate King on Rosh Hashanah.

Transforming the Pain of Tisha B’Av to Active Responsibility

It is not enough to hope for redemption; we must be the catalyst for it.

Why Get Married?

The marriage rate today is the lowest it’s ever been. Does it matter?

Did Anne Frank Have Privilege? Do You?

For a Jew, privilege doesn’t mean access, opportunity, or favors. It means responsibility to set an example, to live elevated, meaningful lives.

What Happened to the Truth?

Destroying lives through false accusations, innuendo and distortions has never been easier.

The Stockdale Paradox

Surviving what life throws our way requires maintaining the sometimes-contradictory attitudes of hope and optimism, and realism and pragmatism.

Pivoting from Funeral to Wedding

How do you change gears from the death of a young person to the celebration of a marriage of two young people?

Why Is Israel One of the Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World?

Despite the daily dangers, Israelis are remarkably happy. Here’s a Jewish secret to happiness.

Judaism and Privacy

The more valuable and treasured something is, the more private and protected we keep it.

A Woman Called Me and My Family Ugly Jews

The frightening incident reminded three reasons why the Holocaust still matters.

What Is Freedom?

Yosef Mendelovitch was free even while behind bars in a Soviet prison.

Marijuana and Judaism: What Does Jewish Law Say about the Subject?

Medical marijuana is permissible, but recreational use prevents us from being our best selves.

Hanukkah and Breaking Free from Mindless Routine

Imagine eight nights of quality, uninterrupted family time.

Dr. Henry Heimlich and Being Someone's Angel

Proactive step up and step in to make a difference in the lives of others.

Thomas Edison’s Mother: The Power of Words

Words can be weapons that diminish and destroy, or they can be tools and instruments that create, encourage and uplift.

Beacon of Faith: A Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Sacks on faith in God, making prayer meaningful, Jewish music and more.

To All Those Who Doubt You, Including Yourself

You don't have to listen to that voice that weighs you down, holds you back, or causes you to give up on your dreams.

For Those in Recovery, Be a Blessing

Take whatever blessing you have and use it to become a blessing in other people’s lives.

What is the Mezuzah?

The mezuzah is hung on the doorpost as a subtle reminder about our values every time we enter and exit our homes.

The True Legacy of 9/11

The enduring image of 9/11 must not be people falling from buildings but of a nation lifting each other up.

Why We Blow the Shofar

A powerful tool to wake up and live mindfully. It's a new year, and a new you.

The Only Thing to Worry About on Rosh Hashanah

The judge is in fact our Father. He understands our struggles and He wants our success.

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

Why Keeping Your Word is So Important

Don’t say anything you won’t keep, and keep anything you say. That is the basis for integrity.

How to Quiet Your Mind

You have the power to decide what thoughts are productive, healthy, and positive and what is a negative distraction to lock out.

A Rabbi Walks into an AA Meeting

And walks out with a greater connection to God.

The Chameleon Effect: Yawning, Smiling & Going on the Phone

We are all impacting each other. The question is how.

UFOs and Jews Living on a Different Planet

Judaism's differing views on the possibility of life on other planets and how some Jews are living in an alternative universe.

Small Acts, Cosmic Implications

The camera is always on. You never know which small deed you do that can have cosmic implications.

Covid and Our Mental Health

Now, more than ever, we need to educate ourselves about mental health issues.

Bert Smith's Scary Fall Saved His Life

When we fall, we can stay on the ground, wallowing in our circumstance, or we can extract its lessons and come back stronger.

The Bitter and the Sweet

The fact that we can taste something as bitter is an affirmation of how sweet our lives generally are.

Why are Compliments Important and Why Do We Rarely Give Them?

We grossly underestimate the power of our positive feedback.

Why You’ve Never Heard of This Man

There’s a good reason why you never heard of Yehoshua Zvi Hershkowitz.

Purim’s Lesson on How to Defeat the Enemy: Keep Calm and Carry On

A year ago we put on masks for Purim and haven't taken them off. Don’t panic.

Collecting Crumbs: How to Become Wealthy

Some become wealthy by making a ton of money overnight. Others gain wealth by collecting the small, seemingly insignificant things.

The Smile Behind the Mask

What milk does for the body a smile does for the heart and soul.

Paying the Utility Debts for 114 Strangers

What drove Mike Esmond to generously pay overdue utility bills for strangers at risk of their gas and water being turned off?

Seeing 20/20, Even In 2020

Hanukkah teaches us how to see beyond the surface.

The Pandemic, Anxiety, and the Jewish Home

Harvard researchers found that children who do this have lower risks of mental illness.

This Scares Me More Than Antisemitism

The statistical threat of antisemitism pales in comparison to the damage we are doing to ourselves that is spurring the disappearance of our people.

Why Were Comments Disabled on My Last Article?

We can disagree vehemently and vote differently, but we cannot turn differences into divisiveness, or dialogue into bullying, vitriol, and demeaning language.

Talking to Ben Shapiro without Discussing Politics

How not to let the election ruin your friendships with those you vehemently disagree with.

The Joy of Admitting We Don't Know

Humility, nuance and admitting we don’t know are not signs of weakness, but strength.

The Right to be Forgotten

Erasing your actions is a lot harder than deleting an internet post. Here's what it takes.

Helpful Things We Can Do Instead of Corona Shaming

When looking out at the world, make sure to clean your windows first.

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