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

God – a work in progress

Rabbi Justin Goldstein
January 3, 2013

“What is your personal relationship to, and perspective of, God?”  That’s how I remember the question being worded.  I remember staring at the words.  I hate writing response to vague questions.  How does one concisely, accurately and with integrity explain their “personal relationship to, and perspective of, God?”  I suppose it’s a reasonable question to More »

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Judaism as a Social Movement

Rabbi Justin Goldstein
December 10, 2012

The reason, I believe, the Jewish people have been at the forefront of so many social movements around the world (Socialism, Civil Rights, Feminism, Environmentalism, just to name a few) is because Judaism in its origin was a social movement towards community based monotheism. The clarion call of the movement was the Sh’ma – Hear, More »

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So…What do you do?

Rabbi Justin Goldstein
November 7, 2012

One of my favorite things about the Jewish is that the lines between ritual, ethical, and mundane life becomes blurred, such that many (most?) Jews do not consider it first and foremost a religion; yet to observant Jews Judaism does not necessary seem “religious” because every aspect of our life becomes influenced by our religion. More »

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