Author Archives: Emily Goldberg

Emily Goldberg

About Emily Goldberg

is a freshman at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She loves sharing her perspective on faith and religion, especially with her own growing Jewish community. She began recording her own ideas in her blog, “A Leap of Faith.” In the future, she hopes to pursue interfaith studies, social action, theology, and writing. This past summer she joined a life-long community of Jewish thinkers and leaders, The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel. This year, she pursued her passion for spiritual leadership through her rabbinic internship at Romemu [www.romemu.org], her pastoral internship at St. Patrick's Cathedral and her job as a counselor at Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia. She hopes to lead a liberal and innovative Jewish community of her own someday, one where others can be inspired to pursue coexistence and positive change.

God and Me

Emily Goldberg
May 15, 2014

The ageless idea that God dwells among Jewish unity and tradition has become insufficient for me. Living in a generation where being a white Jewish female no longer makes the uniqueness cut, I crave creativity and authenticity similarly to how colleges view their applicants. As this crucial time in contemporary Judaism presents increasing rates of More »

1

What Megachurches Know About Spirituality

Emily Goldberg
April 8, 2014

When thinking of spiritual intensity, I cannot help but bring myself to my countless experiences sitting in church pews. Growing up in a sheltered Conservative Jewish community, I lived a spiritual bubble–complete with Hebrew day school, religious summer camp and two sets of silverware. I learned how to chant the biblical Hebrew words printed onto More »

0

The Art of Not Knowing

Emily Goldberg
February 21, 2014

“We must never see an end to our own Jewish education and never close our ears to voices new and old that challenge our own Jewish choices and practices.” –Edgar Bronfman z’’l I had always been rather decisive for my age. Throughout high school, amidst the cliques, open minds and unmarked college applications, I took More »

0

How Am I Supposed to Feel?

Emily Goldberg
October 16, 2013

How am I supposed to feel about the Kotel? That topic seems to be left out of the Jewish Day School curricula. We learn about these cold stones and their rich history, starting from the days where they were amalgamated into the great Temples leading to their destructions. We are told to fast and mourn More »

1

Sinning for the Right Reasons

Emily Goldberg
August 29, 2013

I’ve seen it before. The beauty, the simplicity, and success of it. I’ve wanted it before- the lifestyle, the perspective, the culture that revolves around it. I’ve dreamt of it, the actions and consequences, and the redeeming reward that follows it. Yes, I’ll admit it; I’ve wanted to sin. I’ve craved the art of sinning More »

0

Pro-Choice Covenant

Emily Goldberg
May 22, 2013

It does not surprise me that there are thousands of Jews in support of Planned Parenthood. Despite all conflicting opinions regarding abortions, conceptions, and safe sex, it does not faze me that nearly 93% of American Jews support a woman’s right to make decisions over her own body. It is simply in our nature. The More »

0

The Choices We Make

Emily Goldberg
April 17, 2013

I believe with every fiber in my being that one does not need a conversion certificate in order to be considered a “Jew by choice.” One need not convert from the Bible Belt or a Hindu ashram in order to make the choice that each one of us makes on a daily basis. Yes– each More »

1

B’Shem Hashem

Emily Goldberg
February 21, 2013

B’shem Hashem, elohei Yisrael B’ymini Michael u-smoli Gavriel U-milfanai Uriel, me’acharai Raphael V’al roshi, v’al roshi, Shechinat-El This song, also known as Reb Shlomo Carlebach’s “Angel Song,” unifies Jews from every corner of the world. The simple words are chanted into a beautiful chorus of harmonies and melodies that invite the immanent presence of God More »

1

Prayer: A Process Grounded in Community

Emily Goldberg
January 14, 2013

Three steps forward, three steps back. Bow to the left, right, center. Raise heels three times. These seemingly simply instructions have guided the way I pray since I was nine years old. My Israeli teachers distributed our oversized and unfamiliar red Siddurim to my third grade class and called out the motions with the turn More »

0