About the Author


Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

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


From Montana to New Square: Breaking Out of My Bubble

This summer I broadened my geographical and religious horizons.

Freedom of Speech

Why a central theme of Passover is talking.

Darkness and Light in Florida

Seventeen candles in our backyard were extinguished. We owe them our best effort to make our light burn brighter.

How Would You Spend Your Last 38 Minutes?

You don’t have to be from Hawaii to live like you were dying.

Substance Abuse and Our Children

Invisible or inimitable? Our kids need to feel that have unique value and are irreplaceable.

Seeing More with One Eye

Luis Salazar and a new look at the miracle of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah: Seeing Beyond the Surface

Why is Hanukkah called the holiday of vision?

Conduct Unbecoming: Society Is No Longer Willing to Tolerate Sexual Harassment

Men abusing their power to exploit women is not new. What's new is the huge shift in society’s refusal to look the other way.

5 Questions to Ask for a Happy Marriage

Five conversations that should take place over the course of dating and even within marriage itself.

Make Resolutions, Not Wishes

A practical guide to real change.

Tisha B’Av: Turning Mourning into Action

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

American Jewry is Disappearing

Patrilineal descent and intermarriage are the problem, not the solution.

Tuning In to the Sinai Frequency

Was God’s revelation a thing of the past or is it a voice speaking to us today?

Crazy Busy!

Busyness is a harmful epidemic that’s wreaking havoc on our relationships and our emotional and physical well-being.

Strategies for Making Real Changes in Your Life

Design your personalized Spiritual Fitbit.

The Morning After the Election

Like it or not, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected the 45th president of the United States of America. Here’s how we can prepare.

Moses and the Secret of Greatness

Moses, not Muhammad Ali, was “the greatest” because he never acted as if he was superior to anyone else.

Thanking Those who Packed Your Parachute: The Essence of Dayeinu

The real meaning of dayeinu and how it can transform your Passover experience.

Oversharing

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

Jewish Time

If time is more precious than money, why do we treat is so cavalierly?

Powerball Mania

Why I bought a ticket and why you should too.

Wishes are Not Resolutions

Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.

Thanksgiving and Being a Jew

Giving thanks goes to the essence of what it means to be a Jew.

Are You Concerned about Iran?

Like the destruction of the Temple, many people don’t believe the warnings and don’t expect Iran will ever attack Israel.

Joe’s Impossible Bar Mitzvah

Joe Greenbaum wasn’t going to let his autism and apraxia get in the way of celebrating.

Dealing with Depression

There is a world of difference between clinical depression and having a bad day.

Exodus: Retelling Our Family’s Story

Passover connects our children to something larger than themselves.

The Art of Saying Hello

A simple way to change your life and the life of others. Seriously.

Infertility Etiquette

Becoming more sensitive and more aware of the pain couples struggling with infertility are going through.

How to Pay a Proper Shiva Call

Proper etiquette and practical advice.

Rosh Hashanah and Alcoholics Anonymous

Members of AA can teach us what it means to confront a bad habit, stare down a relentless temptation, and persevere.

The Real Robin Williams

We never really knew him.

3 Keys to Being Happy

Stop pursuing it and start experiencing it.

Not All Dreams Are Created Equal

Martin Luther King had a dream. Did his wife and family support it?

Someone who Matters

Hanukkah and celebrity worship.

Giving Comfort: The Ring Theory

How to best interact with someone going through a crisis.

United in Tragedy

It shouldn’t take the death of a 12-year-old girl or an act of terror to bring us all together.

Shoshi’s Bright Light

Shoshi Stern, a beautiful, sweet flower, has been plucked from the Almighty’s garden, but her fragrance will last forever.

Do It Today

A timeless lesson from Nachman Glauber, of blessed memory, who was tragically killed with his pregnant wife.

When Every Millisecond Counts

Take advantage of every moment and be a champion at whatever you aspire to do.

Lag B’Omer & Gratitude

Tony Robbin’s secret to happiness and achieving success.

Purim’s Wakeup Call

Purim is unfolding again right before our very eyes. How can we go about business as usual?

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