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a shana Tova indeed

09/21/2023 07:05:43 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The sign seemed simple enough.  It was informing people that services were deferred until 5:30PM. But upon a more careful reading, it was what the sign implied that was so very powerful. It read:

Sunday, September 17
There will be no morning
services at Calvary to allow
Tree of Life to hold their
High Holiday...

happy, good, or both?

09/07/2023 10:38:03 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

My Jewish friends have begun to wish one another L’shana Tova, a happy New Year. Curious it is, the Hebrew and the English, in that L’shana Tova means “a good year”, not a happy year. The Hebrew word for “happy” is Sameach. You may have heard the word when we recognize birthdays during services, singing Yom Huledet Sameach, happy birthday to you. So how might it be that we say...Read more...

i too have a dream

08/31/2023 09:27:04 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I had the privilege this past Shabbat to participate in the March on Washington at the invitation of Dr. Bernice King and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King III. The invitation was facilitated through Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the ADL. Watching the crowd of people and thinking about the duration of speeches in the hot sun, I wondered how might I make a difference? Would I simply be another droning...Read more...

a portrait of healing

08/09/2023 04:13:43 PM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Much of my thoughts this year have been focused on after the trial, specifically to answer the question: How do we heal? Would it be comparable to the processes of the past four years and nine months? Would it be similar yet different? How do I start it? And ultimately, will we ever be fully healed?

As Judge Colville pronounced the sentence...

all you need is love

08/02/2023 09:31:56 PM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

There is a little known date in the Jewish calendar that most likely is overlooked by many in the Jewish world. The date is the 15th day of the month of Av, known in Hebrew as Tu B’Av, occurring this year on August 2. Why should it be of any concern? It is a day for love. It has been regrettably conflated with St. Valentine’s Day as the Jewish version, although thematically they are...Read more...


07/27/2023 08:59:55 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

We have an expectation that anytime we gather with other people, the rules of civility reign. Kindness, compassion, warmth, hospitality and generosity of spirit should be ever-present. Should be has become the operative verb, because those expectations are not always fulfilled. Do you wonder if you have set the bar too high, that our standards of human behavior are relics from a bygone era?...Read more...

Preparation HHD

07/20/2023 07:32:14 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I’ve been involved in the High Holy Day services since I was a boy soprano in my synagogue’s choir. Without coming across as arrogant, I’d like to think that at this point in my professional life, I’m somewhat familiar with the liturgy. Yet now is the time that Rabbis and Cantors begin their annual preparations, which in my case includes my davening, offering six sermons, and interesting English readings. There is a Midrash that tells...Read more...

spiritual nourishment

07/13/2023 12:15:56 PM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I recently had the privilege of attending the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs biennial convention, participating both as a Rabbi and Hazzan. I had been invited over the years, but the timing had not worked well until this year. There were several opportunities to teach as well as sing in the Saturday evening Cantorial concert, which is apparently an event widely anticipated by the attendees,...Read more...

Now What?

06/22/2023 04:17:42 PM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

We waited four years and eight months for one word, repeated sixty-three times loudly and clearly: guilty. While this might have created an opportunity for catharsis, sadly this is just the beginning. The past three weeks were incredibly painful for so many of us, and while this week offers a brief respite, the proceedings resume next week. This next phase, called the penalty phase, will be the time where the jury must determine if the crimes...Read more...

human kindness

06/14/2023 09:30:03 PM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Kindness, especially from strangers, is not something that we are accustomed to receiving. Even though Blanche DuBois uttered the immortal words “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers” in Tennessee Williams “A Streetcar Named Desire”, that is most likely not the norm for most of us. While it is certainly a bit of a utopian dream to hope that one day kindness will rule...Read more...

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