Nov. 19, 2020

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg on Exodus 12:1-3 – “Lech Lecha: Going to Seek the Essence of Who We Are” - S1E97

Joining Mark on the podcast today is Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), the largest Orthodox Synagogue in the Southeast United States. In addition to his role at BRS, Rabbi Goldberg also serves as Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America, and as a member of both the Board of Trustees of the Beth Din of America and the AIPAC National Council. He has been deeply involved in Israel in a variety of ways over many years, and his popular blog and podcast, along with his frequent contributions to and, allow him to regularly connect with a vast number of people throughout the world. This great Torah intellectual, scholar, and communicator has selected Exodus 12:1-3 to discuss with Mark. Rabbi Goldberg begins by sharing his summary of the passage, its meaning for him, and the invitation it offers for all to interpret it. He and Mark engage in an extensive analysis of the importance of the journey in life, our spiritual antenna, Abraham’s role as the father of ethical monotheism, and the passage’s central theme of discovering yourself. They also explore the notion of running away from honor, the meaning of Genesis 12:3 to both Evangelical Christians and to the Rabbi, the sacred obligation of the Jewish people, and our ability to overcome our nature and biology. The episode draws to a close with a discussion of the relationship we have with ourselves, and, of course, with the lessons about humankind that Rabbi Goldberg has learned. As you listen in on today’s conversation, you will quickly discover precisely why so many people refer to Rabbi Efrem Goldberg as ‘a legend’, and will undoubtedly just as quickly agree with them. Episode Highlights: · Rabbi Goldberg’s summary of the passage and its meaning for him · The passage’s invitation for all to interpret · The importance of the journey · Our spiritual antenna · Abraham as the father of ethical monotheism · Discovering yourself · Running away from honor · The meaning of Genesis 12:3 to Evangelicals and to the Rabbi · The sacred obligation of the Jewish people · Overcoming your nature and biology · The relationship we have with ourselves · The lessons about humankind that Rabbi Goldberg has learned.

Exodus 12:1-3 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first of the months of the year for you. Speak to the whole community of Israel and say that on the tenth of this month each of them shall take a lamb to a family, a lamb to a household.  Links: The Rabbi’s Husband homepage: Mark’s Twitter: The Rabbi’s Husband Newsletter contact:

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