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Civil Discourse

01/23/2020 10:53:09 AM

Jan23

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I have felt compelled during this somber period in our history to watch the Impeachment trial of the President, as I have a responsibility as a citizen to be informed of the words of both the House Managers and the Defense Team. Much to my dismay, the tone gradually increased in emotion, and uncivil discourse rang through the hallowed halls of the Senate. I must commend Chief Justice Roberts for chastising both...Read more...

I Still have a dream

01/16/2020 10:44:47 AM

Jan16

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

If ever there was an American during my lifetime who filled the role of the ancient Israelite prophets, it was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He regularly quoted the Biblical prophets, and chastised us all of the inequalities in America, the promises unfulfilled, the suffering of his people. He was not merely a speaker, but a doer. Dr. King knew that his words would ring hollow if not supported by his...Read more...

Pride

01/10/2020 11:34:23 AM

Jan10

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The AJC had a lovely idea when they named Monday, January 6, 2020, as “Jewish Pride Day”. Coming in response to the seemingly non-stop anti-Semitic violence in the greater New York area culminating in the attack in a Rabbi’s home in Monsey, it created a moment where safety in numbers was a powerful, uplifting event. Then everyone went home. What happened to the pride? Is it still there?

We must be proud to be Jewish every single...Read more...

hope

01/02/2020 01:05:05 PM

Jan2

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

You most likely have heard me speak of, or write about the H word. It remains a foundation to the violence that it creates. Many would think of the spate of anti-Semitic violence in the Greater New York area as the answer to the question of “how’s that going for you?”. The news that is reported to us on a daily basis reflects a profound imbalance towards violence. Television stations believe that is all we want to see and know. I say...Read more...

Let's do jewish!

12/19/2019 09:42:39 AM

Dec19

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Every December, we are constantly reminded of the arrival of Christmas.  While I too enjoy the music and beautiful decorations, sometimes it can be overwhelming.  There are many ways to enjoy what the Jewish community has to offer, and below are some suggestions to nourish your soul and that of your family:

Set aside time every evening to light the Chanukah menorah. Come to services.  Whether it is a weekday morning or...Read more...

When will it change?

12/12/2019 10:52:50 AM

Dec12

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I was originally writing about how saddened I was to welcome Honolulu and Pensacola to the ever-expanding club to which no one should belong. Then came Jersey City. Every time a massacre occurs, I feel thrust back into my own personal version of the movie Groundhog Day. I try to stay informed of news on a regular basis, but when I tuned in, and saw emergency vehicles and first responders, it brought me back to 10.27. Alas, it does every time....Read more...

'Tis the season

12/05/2019 11:45:14 AM

Dec5

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Certain holidays and seasons have vocabulary that symbolizes them. Thanksgiving says it all in its title: a time to give thanks. I expanded this concept a bit more in a recent post, encouraging people to develop an attitude of gratitude.

The Christmas season is one where you will read and hear the following: Peace on earth, good will towards men. Other than the fact that this...Read more...

Attitude of gratitude

11/25/2019 11:58:13 AM

Nov25

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Jewish tradition teaches us that even the poorest person in the town was expected to give tzedakah, because there is likely someone ever poorer nearby. It is easy to let the difficult things in life overwhelm the good.  Whether it be illness, financial stress, employment or lack of employment issues, family struggles, or lack of food, the challenges that we face can obscure the good that is in our lives. When we let that happen, it can...Read more...

The First Yahrzeit

11/14/2019 07:38:56 AM

Nov14

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Heal us, God, and we shall be healed.  Help us and save us, for You are our glory.  Grant perfect healing for all of our afflictions, for You are the faithful and merciful God of healing.  Praised are You God, Healer of His people Israel. [Siddur Sim Shalom, p. 5]

I don’t think that the author of this bracha, recited thrice daily in the...Read more...

11/14/2019 07:38:41 AM

Nov14

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