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An Attitude of Gratitude v. 2.0

03/25/2020 11:28:47 AM

Mar25

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

It might seem peculiar to read someone use the word “grateful” during this pandemic. Rather, it is far easier to inject into one’s writings a slew of negative adjectives describing our lot at this time. During bleak times, hope seems to be absent. We need to remember that despite the cloudiest of days, the sun is still shining. We just cannot see it, but it’s there.

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I just called to say i love you

03/18/2020 04:05:09 PM

Mar18

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

So, who have you called in the past few days?  I reference a blog I posted last week suggesting a reworking of the title “social distancing”, that a far better choice of words might be “physical distancing”.  We must increase our physical distance, yet simultaneously decrease our social distance.  Call.  Text.  FaceTime.  Skype. Zoom. There is nothing more reassuring than...Read more...

Post-purim redux

03/12/2020 03:13:15 PM

Mar12

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I want to thank the clergy, staff and parishioners of Calvary Episcopal Church for so warmly and enthusiastically welcoming this year’s Purim Shpiel. When davening there on Rosh Hashanah, the magnificent architecture and beauty of the main sanctuary reminded me of Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films. Thus “Hershel Potter and the Gantse Megillah”. It was offered solely out of love and respect, and I hope...Read more...

Let's elbow in.

03/05/2020 04:25:58 PM

Mar5

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

A good example of the reliance by too many on social media for facts is the current spread of the Coronavirus. I have no doubt that there are those that feel that our government’s response has been insufficient, that information will empower us to make intelligent and informed choices.  Just witness the run this past weekend on basic supplies. Stores ran out of soap, Purell, Lysol, wipes, and various paper...Read more...

Shout halleluyah, c'mon get happy.

02/27/2020 09:15:07 AM

Feb27

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The Talmud teaches us “Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’simcha”: With the advent of (the month of) Adar our joy increases. How interesting that of all of the holidays in our calendar, the one that is noted for the increase of joy is Purim. Is there no other time during the year when we experience joy? In the liturgy, Sukkot is called z’man simchatenu, the season of our joy, yet no such proclamation is uttered....Read more...

I'm not pinocchio

02/20/2020 11:15:35 AM

Feb20

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I still believe that there is much good in the world. Some might call me naïve. Some might suggest that I am a version of Pinocchio in the television ads, and my nose keeps growing. Others tell me to take a long, hard look at the condition of the city/state/country/planet, and get back to them when I return to reality. Then I share with them these emails:

A pastor wants to bring his Confirmation Class and...Read more...

utopia

02/13/2020 12:37:12 PM

Feb13

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

One of the ways that humans evolve over time is by accepting things that they might not have been comfortable with at a prior stage of life. Sometimes that acceptance is more of a resignation, a passive acknowledgement that it does not matter what your opinion might be, this is the way things are. Just because something is done one way does not make it right nor does it have to be acceptable.

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Heal us, we pray

02/06/2020 09:51:58 AM

Feb6

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Our nation has experienced the trauma of the impeachment of the President of the United States. As I have come to learn, trauma takes many forms, and its duration can vary from victim to victim. What we so badly need as a nation right now is courageous, moral leadership to help us heal. Where will that come from?  With no clear answer in sight, I return yet again to Psalm 121:

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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...

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