About the Author


Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

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


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.

What to Say (and Not Say) When There are No Words

How to best interact with someone going through a crisis.

Doing This for 3 Minutes a Day has Changed My Life

When is the last time you sat still with no technology, without talking, listening, watching, or reading something?

How to Leave Your Mark on the World

A Jewish community rallies together to bury an elderly waiter at a local Kosher restaurant.

What Are You Doing to Confront Anti-Semitism?

A crucial lesson from Mordechai and the story of Purim.

You Won’t Believe What This Man Did for His Competitor

A great example of what it really means to have faith in God.

Vaccination and Communal Policy

Jewish law regarding health and medicine has always mandated following what the medical establishment and majority of doctors believe.

It’s Time for Outrage, Not Silence

Where are our friends protesting anti-Semitism?

Preparing for Death

8 things you can do now to avoid compounding your family’s pain later.

LeBron James Doesn’t Deserve a Free Pass

LeBron’s apology is the perfect example of how not to say you are sorry.

The Psychopath Inside: Yom Kippur, Free Will & Determinism

How a happily married family man and accomplished scientist could demonstrate the same anatomical markings of serial killers.

Do You Know Your Rating?

I was shocked when I discovered mine.

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.

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