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I am Michael Gold, I’m a rabbi and philosopher. My mission is to use science, philosophy, and religion to expand our knowledge.

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Parshat Miketz 5784 2023

PARSHAT MIKETZ INTERPRETING DREAMS “Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it. Now I have heard it said of you that for you to hear a dream is to tell its meaning.” (Genesis 41:15)...

Parshat Vayeshev Hanukkah 5784 2023

PARSHAT VAYESHEV, HANUKKAH THE GREEKS “Yet the chief cupbearer did not think of Joseph; he forgot him.”   (Genesis 41:23)             At the end of this portion, Joseph is in jail and life looks...

Parshat Vayishlach 5784 2023

PARSHAT VAYISHLACH JEWS PLAYING JEWS “Timna was a concubine of Esau’s son Eliphaz; she bore Amalek to Eliphaz.” (Genesis 36:12)             I want to take a break this week from the painful news of the war in...

Parshat Vayetze 5784 2023

PARSHAT VAYETZE GENOCIDE “Jacob also saw that Laban’s manner toward him was not as it had been in the past.”  (Genesis 31:2)             Jacob’s enemy through most of this portion is his uncle and...

Parshat Toldot 5784 2023

PARSHAT TOLDOT REASON VERSUS PASSION “When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the outdoors; but Jacob became a mild man, a man of the tent.”  (Genesis 25:27)             As a philosophy...

Parshat Hayei Sara 5784 2023

PARSHAT HAYEI SARAISAAC AND REBECCA “And Isaac brought her to his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebecca, and she became his wife, and he loved her, and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.” (Genesis 24:67)...

Parshat Vayera 5784 2023

PARSHAT VAYERA SODOM, NINEVEH, GAZA “Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?”  (Genesis 18:25)             We are known as the people Israel, a term that literally means “wrestles with God.” ...

Parshat Lech Lecha 5784 2023

PARSHAT LECH LECHA SARAH “Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the wealth that they had amassed, and the persons that they had acquired in Haran; and they set out for the land of Canaan.”  (Genesis 12:5)...

Parshat Noach 5784 2023

PARSHAT NOACH VIOLENCE “The earth became corrupt before God; the earth was filled with violence (hamas).”  (Genesis 6:11).             This week we read the story of Noah and the great flood which destroyed...

Parshat Bereishit 5784 2023

PARSHAT BEREISHIT EVIL “Surely, if you do right, There is uplift. But if you do not do right Sin couches at the door;Its urge is toward you, Yet you can be its master.”  (Genesis 4:7)             There is...

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