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05/17/2022 04:53:58 PM

May17

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

198. That is the number of mass shootings that have occurred in the United States since the beginning of the year. The number averages out to ten mass shootings every week. I just shake my head, but no longer in disbelief or amazement. Not even shock nor dismay. I feel anger, outrage, and disgust. Last year there were 693 mass shootings, which is nearly two every day. What has happened to...Read more...

ode to joy

05/12/2022 09:30:26 AM

May12

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

At Tree of Life we celebrated two B’nai Mitzvot the first two weeks of April, then celebrated eight days of Passover, then celebrated a Bar Mitzvah the first week of May, to be followed this coming Shabbat with an aufruf. What an incredible string of joy! It is indeed my honor and privilege to officiate at all of these, but even more so to witness the joy in the faces of the immediate...Read more...

remember.rebuild.renew

05/05/2022 08:08:42 AM

May5

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

When I venture into something new, I will try to find something comparable to learn from that aids me in my journey. I’ve thought much about this over the past 3 ½ years as Tree of Life continues on its journey. We are in the process of creating something new. The challenge is that there is no comparable model in existence to reference. There is no prior synagogue that underwent what we did...Read more...

 light your yellow candle

04/27/2022 04:08:30 PM

Apr27

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

This Wednesday evening signifies the start of Yom HaShoah, the date in Jewish calendar being the 27th of Nisan, that is the annual commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust. The date was established as law by the State of Israel in 1959 because it coincides with the start of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. More than ever this year is the year to light your yellow candle. This program was begun...Read more...

counting up

04/21/2022 09:10:27 AM

Apr21

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Have you ever counted the days until an important date occurs, be it a life cycle event, the end of the school year, or anything significant in your life or the life of others? We generally count downward, starting from the number of days until the event, taking off one day each day as the moment nears. Yet we have begun a counting period now within the Jewish year in which we count up....Read more...

how is this night different?

04/14/2022 08:56:14 AM

Apr14

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

A rite of passage that many children experience in Judaism is the first time they are called upon to chant the Four Questions in Hebrew. It is a source of great pride for the entire family to watch this young member of the family take their rightful place with every else at the table who has done the same thing over the generations. The moment is one that frequently leads to recalling when...Read more...

genocide

04/07/2022 09:26:30 AM

Apr7

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Raphael Lemkin was born on June 24, 1900, in the village of Volkovyssky in what is currently the country of Belarus, part of the Russian Empire at that time. He was interested as a youth in the subject of atrocities, and is quoted as having said a line of blood led from the Roman arena through the gallows of France to the Bialystock Pogrom. His lifelong writings express the belief that the...Read more...

joy

03/31/2022 08:19:55 AM

Mar31

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I had the honor and privilege this past weekend of officiating at the wedding of a former Bat Mitzvah student of mine.  Just to be asked was indeed thrilling, for it meant that at this very important moment in her life, she wanted me there once again to make it happen. I’ve known her for many years, and when I saw her being escorted down the aisle by her parents, I felt as though it was...Read more...

now what?

03/24/2022 08:33:06 AM

Mar24

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

We so desperately want to return to normal, but frankly, we don’t know what normal should look like? Might any of our regular habits be permanently changed, such as dining out, gathering with people, greeting people warmly, going to events with a large number of people, and attending religious services in-person? Most of us have more questions than we have answers. Tree of Life resumed...Read more...

go to shul on purim

03/16/2022 09:45:59 AM

Mar16

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I have a colleague who is not very enamored by Purim. In fact, he seriously dislikes it. I, on the other hand, have always liked Purim. I have been given the opportunity to write, direct and produce Purim shpiels over the decades, something I would have never expected that I would be doing when I assumed my first pulpit. I have appreciated the support and encouragement of leadership and...Read more...

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