Author Archives: Rabbi Justin Goldstein

Rabbi Justin Goldstein

About Rabbi Justin Goldstein

Ordained in 2011 by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA, Justin serves as rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Asheville, NC. Rabbi Goldstein was selected as a 2012-2013 Fellow with Rabbis Without Borders. His writings can be found in various books, at the Jew and the Carrot - Hazon's blog at the Forward and at On1Foot.com . Find Justin at rabbijustingoldstein.com, on Twitter @RabbiJDG and at facebook.com/rabbiJDG

I don’t need a synagogue, but is there a community garden?

Rabbi Justin Goldstein
June 27, 2014

Talmud Yerushalmi, Kiddushin 4:12 :ר’ חזקיה רבי כהן בשם רב: אסור לדור בעיר שאין בה לא רופא, ולא מרחץ, ולא ב”ד מכין וחובשין. אמר ר’ יוסי בי ר’ בון אף אסור לדור בעיר שאין בה גינוניתא של ירק Rabbi Hezekiah and Rabbi Kohen in the name of Rav said: It is forbidden to live in a city More »

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When the Small Still Voice is Screaming in Your Ear

Rabbi Justin Goldstein
April 29, 2014

We all want prayer, or any “spiritual experience,” to be transcendental, transformative, transformational and inspirational each time. It doesn’t work that way. It really does not matter which tradition, which religion, which philosophy, which anything, these types of experiences are few and far between. There’s a story I’ve heard, I don’t know if it’s true, More »

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The noble ideal of striving

Rabbi Justin Goldstein
March 25, 2014

In this month’s Sh’ma print publication, Nigel Savage of Hazon offers us an unfortunate and potentially deflating reality: we live in a broken world with seemingly unsolvable challenges. He closes his thought provoking piece by alluding to the Mishnah, “We will not resolve many of the greatest challenges of our time — but neither may we desist from More »

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We are all Jews by Choice

Rabbi Justin Goldstein
April 5, 2013

It has always fascinated me that a people who make up but a mere .02% of the world have a litany of words to identify the other 99.8% of people.  Over the generations, our language to describe “the other” has changed, varying in its degree of offensiveness to modern sensibilities.  I know myself, and I More »

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Fear, Power and Taxes

Rabbi Justin Goldstein
March 28, 2013

American culture, from day one, has been based on fear of power and distaste of taxes – these attributes were very much the motivation of the revolution which shook off the British from the colonies, and over two hundred years later, these attributes encourage much of the debate and discord in our political dialogue. There More »

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