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this is how you remember

04/15/2021 08:56:23 AM

Apr15

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

In 1949 and 1950, Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, was observed on the same day as its’ Independence Day. Families of the fallen soldiers expressed concern to then Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, who was also Minister of Defense, that the celebratory nature of Independence Day minimized the solemnity of remembrance. In January 1951, Ben-Gurion established the “Public Council for...Read more...

God is in the crumbs

04/08/2021 08:20:11 AM

Apr8

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Hopefully we remembered to pack away everything that we took out for Passover, and not discover that one item that we forget that belongs in the rear box behind seventeen other boxes. The short amount of time that it took to put everything away was noteworthy, since due to the pandemic we did not host in-person Sedarim for the usually large numbers of people that we are accustomed to, thus...Read more...

how do you count?

04/01/2021 08:51:10 AM

Apr1

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

By now the Seder accoutrements have been safely repacked and stored until next year, and we pray that we will remember where we put all of them same time next year (April 15, 2022 FYI). In some families, it might be the Seder plate that has generations of stories to tell, or perhaps a Kiddush cup, or Elijah’s cup, or the Matza plate. While it might seem superficial to note, but these items...Read more...

03/25/2021 11:42:14 AM

Mar25

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It's worth it

03/25/2021 09:10:32 AM

Mar25

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

After learning of the massacre of Asian-Americans last Wednesday, how could my thoughts not turn to a community that has borne the brunt of 3,800 anti-AAPI (Asian-American Pacific Islanders) acts within the past year, all seemingly blaming them for the pandemic. Particularly after the horrific slaughter in Atlanta, how could they not live in fear for their lives, simply because of their...Read more...

The good old days

03/18/2021 03:11:30 PM

Mar18

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Have you ever heard people wax nostalgic about the “good old days”?  It seems that everything was better back then, although when queried further, many are unclear about what time period the “good old days” refers to. Was it your childhood, your teen years, your college years for those privileged to attend college, your dating years, your courtship years, etc.? I would suppose...Read more...

one year later

03/11/2021 08:22:09 AM

Mar11

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I first began live-streaming Friday evening services from my living room on March 13, 2020. I had never done so before, but when our host building decided on the prior day not to hold Friday evening services that following evening, I had no choice. I felt deep down that despite how little I knew about live-streaming or about COVID at that time, people will need stability and continuity in...Read more...

New Normal version 3.0

03/04/2021 11:00:51 AM

Mar4

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

How would you define the word “normal”, or, more specifically, has the word taken on new meaning since the beginning of the pandemic?  Looking over a number of definitions, perhaps the most meaningful one that I found was “the usual state”. More people speak about “the new normal” when referring to the past 365 days, and, most likely, there will be some sort of...Read more...

They were parents, grandparents, children, siblings and friends.

02/25/2021 09:51:58 AM

Feb25

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

One-half million people. 500,000. Seven full Heinz fields, or, thirteen PNC parks. It is a staggering number that defies our comprehension, yet it only represents the COVID-19 deaths in the United States. The world total stands at some 2.5 million people.

These are not cold, hard statistics. These were parents, grandparents, children,...Read more...

a powerful act of teshuvah

02/18/2021 10:28:43 AM

Feb18

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Teshuvah is a word that most people probably don’t hear much about this time of year. The word is generally translated as “repentance”, and focuses primarily on the season of repentance that begins prior to Rosh Hashanah and concludes with Yom Kippur. During this period of time, when we are outside of the synagogue and/or prayer services, we try to engage with those that we have wronged...Read more...

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