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thank you god.

05/29/2024 06:28:16 PM

May29

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Hopefully the allergy season will end shortly, as the mild winter has made for an incredible outburst of pollen.  We did our usual spring planting, primarily herbs, replacing those that did not survive the winter, and a small assortment of flowers. It really doesn’t matter what flowers we buy, as the deer will eat them, even showing the temerity to climb our front steps to nibble on plants...Read more...

The Cantors Assembly

05/23/2024 12:59:27 PM

May23

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Professional development is a crucial component of being a good professional. You certainly would want your accountant to be knowledgeable in the current IRS regulations as opposed to
an audit and sizable fine. You would want your doctor to be familiar with the newest techniques and practices as well as medicines. You would want your attorney familiar with the newest changes to the law. How does that apply to Cantors?

First you...Read more...

memory

05/15/2024 06:43:45 PM

May15

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Is there a best way to remember someone? Are there best practices that have proven most effective? I ponder that every time we hold Yizkor, the memorial service for our departed. Then I attended our community’s annual Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day. I would not expect every Jewish community to hold such a commemoration, but the sizable Israeli community in Pittsburgh, our close...Read more...

a good education

05/09/2024 08:10:26 AM

May9

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Is the old adage of the three R’s sufficient for a good education to properly provide a child with the tools to be successful: Reading, Writing and ‘Rithmetic? We continue to read about schools that cut back or eliminate arts education to save money, suggesting that the arts are unnecessary for a good education. On the contrary, I have seen much research over the years that demonstrates that the best students...Read more...

gratitude

05/02/2024 09:11:34 AM

May2

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The Passover dishes, pots and pans, cutlery and everything else have been safely stored away until next year.  You most probably put on 10,000 steps just going down and up from the basement. The leftovers that you have had enough of are now history. Of course in the back of the drawer you just found an extra meat fork, but the box is underneath six boxes that are all carefully taped...Read more...

dayenu

04/25/2024 08:43:43 AM

Apr25

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The Passover Seder is filled with moments of celebration and joy, both as texts in the Haggadah as well as conversation at the table. At least it is supposed to be.  Many will feel the diminished element very strongly not merely by removing one drop of wine for each of the Ten Plagues as we are to lessen our joy, but by the empty chair that symbolizes day 200 of captivity of the...Read more...

can all who are hungry come eat?

04/18/2024 10:58:33 AM

Apr18

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The Passover Seder is the only meal that is didactic, meaning that instruction is folded into the experience. We are commanded to teach our children about the exodus from Egypt, no matter if they are wise, wicked, simple, or do not know how to ask.  The Seder is also remarkably fluid, nimble and responsive to the call of the day. I would not be able to fathom a guess as to how many different haggadot...Read more...

let there be light

04/11/2024 09:08:54 AM

Apr11

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

According to the National Center for Environmental Information, Pittsburgh averages 59 clear days per year and 306 cloudy days. However, the 306 cloudy days includes partly cloudy days too, in which clouds cover 40 to 70 percent of the sky. If only overcast days are taken into consideration, the city averages 203 per year. As if that lessens the pain. In terms of the presence of sunlight,...Read more...

truth and facts

04/04/2024 09:05:20 AM

Apr4

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

There is a story told that Columbus’ voyage to North America included not three, but four ships. We all remember the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria from our elementary school education. Sadly, the fourth ship, the Locura (folly), has been relegated to a few footnotes in obscure documents of that time period, because it fell off of the edge of the earth.

Until there was...Read more...

from where shall my help come?

03/28/2024 09:38:02 AM

Mar28

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

That feeling of just too much has returned. It’s different from eating way too much at the Passover Seder, as that passes. It is the continuous flow of bad news with no escape. I’ve experienced it twice within the past 5 ½ years. The first was within the first six months of 10.27, when the onslaught of media, requests for interviews, telephone calls, text messages, a steady flow of visitors and so much more...Read more...

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