About the Author


Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

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


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.

What Is Freedom?

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

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 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?

Is Zoom a Window or a Mirror?

Plastic surgery for the soul.

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.

How One Small Brave Act Saved Thousands of Lives

Becky overcame her fear and was the last of 60,000 people tested, at the very last blood drive. She was a perfect match.

The Bad Habit We All Need to Eliminate

This is the time we need to work on judging fairly and accurately.

Pandemic of Hate

We can either choose to divide or connect. Dividers spew hate, connectors share love.

The End of Anti-Semitism

We need to stand up and speak out.

Outrage Without Rage

What stimulates positive change, and drives people to pursue justice, equality, goodness, and truth is not anger or rage, but outrage.

My Jewish Privilege

Privilege is not a luxury, it’s a legacy; it isn’t a free pass, it is a weighty responsibility. Privilege shouldn’t breed entitlement, it should demand exceptional behavior.

A Life Full of Uncertainty

How to navigate the waters knowing we don't have control.

8 Tips to Improve Your Marriage Under Lockdown

Because most relationships will not emerge from this extraordinary time the way they went in.

Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary People

Battle coronavirus by loving your neighbor like yourself.

Essential vs. Non-Essential: Dayeinu During the Pandemic

Now is the crucial time to focus on what we have.

God is Not in Quarantine

Seeing God everywhere, even during this crisis.

Going Viral: Coronavirus in a Polarized World

We're all interconnected, whether we like it or not.

At the White House for Release of Trump’s Peace Plan: A Historic Day, No Matter the Outcome

On the day after we marked the liberation from Auschwitz, I had goosebumps sitting in the East Room of the White House.

No Boundaries: Are We Giving Up on a Life of Holiness?

We are watching, listening to, reading and emailing things that just a few years ago we would have blushed and been ashamed to do.

Torah Is Food for the Soul: Celebrating the Completion of Learning the Talmud

We defeat the anti-Semites by embracing Torah stronger and dedicating ourselves to share it with our brothers and sisters.

Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz is Lighting Up the World

Completely paralyzed, this righteous person continues to inspire with his indomitable spirit, his courage and faith and his joyful soul.

Don’t Put Me in a Box: The Death of Nuance

One day we will all be placed in a box; let’s enrich our lives by not putting ourselves or others in one until then.

Identical Twins: One a Nazi, the Other a Member of the Israeli Navy

Our nature predisposes us, but through the way we nurture our lives, we can choose who we are and the legacy we leave.

Thanksgiving and Being a Jew

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

How to Say You're Sorry

Don’t replace “I’m sorry” with “Thank you”.

What Will You Do with Your Extra Hour?

We are blessed to live in the greatest era of technological breakthrough of all time. What are you doing with all that extra time?

The Best Things in Life are Not Things

How the holiday of Sukkot contains the key to finding happiness.

God Loves You – Do You Love Him?

We want to count on God, but can He count on us? We want Him to think of us but how often do we think of Him?

High Intensity Interval Spiritual Training

Orange theory and pushing yourself to grow this time of the year.

Bombs Bursting in Air: The Growing Problem of Profanity

Don't believe the research that says cursing has positive benefits.

Hurricane Dorian: We're All Living in the Cone of Uncertainty

How to react to feelings of mortality and fragility.

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