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  • Pandemic of Hate

    Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Aish Hatorah Resources|Aug 7, 2020

    We can either choose to divide or connect. Dividers spew hate, connectors share love. People can be divided into two categories: connectors and dividers. Connectors look for commonalities, dividers focus on differences. Connectors give the benefit of the doubt, dividers look to find fault. Connectors let things go, dividers bear grudges. Connectors look to compliment, dividers look to criticize. Connectors feel good through (not surprisingly) connecting, and dividers thrive by fostering division. Dividers spew hate, bully, call names, and...

  • It's time for outrage, not silence

    Rabbi Efrem Goldberg|Feb 1, 2019

    Where are our friends protesting anti-Semitism? Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday we marked this last week, spoke powerfully about the danger and potential damage of silence. He once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” On another occasion he said, “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Both of these insights, separately and the combination of the two together, resonate deeply for me these days, days in which the silence from too many is... Full story

  • LeBron James doesn't deserve a free pass

    Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Aish Hatorah Resources|Jan 4, 2019

    LeBron’s apology is the perfect example of how not to say you are sorry. LeBron James has a following on Instagram more populous than 203 countries. When nearly 46 million people sign up to read everything you have to say, you have a responsibility to be extra thoughtful, careful and mindful of what you post. LeBron is well aware of the platform he has, as he mentioned in his statement reacting to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia last year: I know there’s a lot of tragic things happening in Charlottesville. I just want to speak on it rig... Full story