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we are so much alike

05/06/2021 03:57:30 PM

May6

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I had the privilege of attending an iftar this past Sunday evening hosted by the Turkish Cultural Center. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset each day, with the meal that ends that day’s fast called an iftar. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims pray, performs acts of kindness and give to worthwhile causes. About fifteen of us sat in a tent outdoors. We saw a...Read more...

have we met god's expectations?

04/29/2021 08:26:41 AM

Apr29

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

We read the following in Genesis 1:28: God blessed them [Adam and Eve] and God said to them, “Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it; and rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and all the living things that creep on the earth.”  God then makes provisions to sustain all life on the planet, and at the conclusion of Chapter 1, God found all that God had made to...Read more...

i refuse to become numb

04/22/2021 09:29:24 AM

Apr22

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

How does one not become numb when learning of another mass shooting? What words of consolation can I offer that do not appear insincere or trite? Why is it that the most famous product “Made in America” is the mass shooting, with nearly 130 taking place since January 1 of this year?

While I do not know if your response to a mass...Read more...

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...

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