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we remember them

07/29/2022 12:10:38 PM

Jul29

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

There is a point in time when attacks upon houses of worship became an acceptable expression of H to some Americans, and that date was August 5, 2012. On that date, a gunman entered a gurdwara (a place of worship and assembly for Sikhs) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and murdered six worshippers. I do not propose to ignore bombings of Black churches in the previous millennium, but rather note that...Read more...

for these i cry

07/28/2022 09:07:15 AM

Jul28

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I had the privilege on Tuesday of participating in a Congressional Briefing Honoring Oak Creek, Charleston and Pittsburgh Through Action organized by the Sikh Coalition. For those who do not recall, on August 5, 2012, a gunman entered a gurdwara (a place of worship and assembly for Sikhs) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and massacred six worshippers. Immediately after the massacre at Tree of Life,...Read more...

just call it h

07/21/2022 09:18:14 AM

Jul21

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The Rabbis of the Talmud had a term for it: Sinat Chinam, causeless H. This was their explanation of the cause for the destruction of both Holy Temples, which we recall on Tisha B’av, and occurs this year on August 7. The Rabbis even went so far as to memorialize a story about one man publicly insulting another at his daughter’s wedding, with one Rabbi witnessing it and saying nothing as a silent assent. The...Read more...

ruffles and flourishes

07/14/2022 07:57:46 AM

Jul14

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I had the privilege, along with my wife Janice, to attend an event on the lawn of the White House this past Monday, at the invitation of the President of the United States. Coming not that soon after having had the privilege of a private conversation with the Vice President and the Second Gentleman, it has been an incredible thirty days. At the White House, we heard from Dr. Roy Guerrero, a...Read more...

oh no, not again!

07/07/2022 09:11:33 AM

Jul7

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

“Oh no, not again!” was my initial response to the mass shooting in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. Why should it surprise me that there was another mass shooting, this on July 4? There have been 314 mass shootings in the United States this year, which is 314 too many, and mathematically approximating two per day. How many times can the scab continue to be ripped off, the wound never...Read more...

establishment

06/30/2022 09:37:23 AM

Jun30

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The trajectory of the United States Supreme Court is of great concern to me, and it is not due to any one decision, but a body of evolving decisions. This past Monday, the Court decided in what has become a 6-3 conservative supermajority, that public schools must make more accommodations for religion, as the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment slowly dissolves. This case involved a...Read more...

you've got to be carefully taught

06/23/2022 09:12:45 AM

Jun23

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I was listening to the news on the radio the other day when a shorter version of a prior evening’s broadcast was shared. The essence was a tragic story of a woman whose son had been pulled so far into the deep darkness of H that he was teaching his children the same, and she could no longer take it and kicked her son and family out of the house. Immediately the song from South Pacific, “You’ve Got to be...Read more...

06/02/2022 08:43:53 AM

Jun2

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policy renewal

06/02/2022 08:41:48 AM

Jun2

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Most people who have access to good health care have an annual physical. We know that this is an important maintenance task. So too we arrange to have the oil changed and our car checked out thoroughly so that we drive in a safe vehicle. We should have our HVAC system cleaned and checked regularly. The insurance policies that we purchase are annually reviewed and renewed as well.  These...Read more...

where is God?

05/26/2022 07:16:44 AM

May26

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Our Biblical ancestors seemed to have a personal relationship with God. Of greatest prominence was Moses, whom we are told spoke with God face to face. God spoke with the prophets in dreams, as we read of Isaiah’s vision of the cohort of angels reciting “Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh…” when God entered, and as we read of Ezekiel’s vision of God’s heavenly chariot. Both of these visions...Read more...

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