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New beginnings

01/21/2021 09:37:47 AM

Jan21

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

New beginnings should be a time of hope and promise for a brighter tomorrow. Consider for a moment these beginnings, and what they mean or have meant to you: Rosh Hashanah (for my Jewish readers); January 1; acquiring a new car; moving into a new dwelling; getting married; the birth of a child, grandchild or great-grandchild; the start of summer if you live by the shore; the start of winter if...Read more...

sheep attack

01/14/2021 10:59:14 AM

Jan14

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The challenges that clergy have faced have expanded far beyond their expectations and skill sets over the years. Whether one might be a Rabbi, Cantor, Imam, Priest, Reverend, Pastor, or Nun, for example, what is required goes far beyond what one learned at a Seminary. Of particular note are two areas of concern: pandemics and politics. No clergy was trained in the appropriate steps to take...Read more...

please god, bless america.

01/07/2021 08:53:48 AM

Jan7

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I’m speechless. I really don’t have the words. To watch an insurrection at the US Capitol, and learn that the previous assault at the Capitol was in 1814 when the British Army stormed during the War of 1812 and burned down the Capitol is horrific. I was brought to tears and traumatized, as I’m sure many of you were. For shame. Only questions remain.

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the cat's in the cradle

12/31/2020 09:03:44 AM

Dec31

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The most valuable resource that any of us can possess is time. Yet unlike money, one cannot bank it for use at a later date. One cannot hold it in your hands, or interfere with its’ progression. As you are reading this blog (thank you for reading), the future has quickly become the past. It is only through age and wisdom that we learn how invaluable it is, and wish that there were occasions...Read more...

12/24/2020 09:24:24 AM

Dec24

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shalom

12/24/2020 09:23:45 AM

Dec24

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

With the Winter Solstice occurring this past Monday, the day with the least amount of daylight in the year has passed, although that is independent of the seemingly non-stop overcast days here in Pittsburgh. Each consecutive day now adds about one minute of daylight more than the prior day. For those who light Shabbat candles every week, you will notice that each Friday the time is...Read more...

be proud

12/17/2020 05:01:50 PM

Dec17

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The most frequently referenced English name for Chanukah is The Festival of Lights, which is a direct translation of the Hebrew phrase used to greet people – hag ha-urim. We have witnessed a different type of light this year, and it is not of the standard candle flame nor electric type. It is the light of Divinely-inspired creativity. The pandemic has certainly taxed our imaginations, for...Read more...

What Dilemma?

12/10/2020 10:33:19 AM

Dec10

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

We’ve entered the period of time called by some the “December Dilemma”. Are you unfamiliar with the term? While I do not know who first coined it or when, it refers to the overwhelming reminders of Christmas that people who are not Christians face every year in December. How does one remain uplifted by their own faith when surrounded by constant reminders of Christmas?

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Let there be light

12/03/2020 10:33:14 AM

Dec3

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I do not think it unintentional that there are holidays that celebrate light during the month of December. The amount of sunlight present in Pittsburgh during this month is roughly 9.5 hours, meaning that there is 14.5 hours of darkness. While the amount of sunlight will vary in other parts of the world, winter in the Northern Hemisphere is the period with the least amount of light. It impacts...Read more...

i have nothing to be thankful for?

11/24/2020 08:54:50 AM

Nov24

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

It is easy to feel that there is nothing to be thankful for this coming Thanksgiving. We have been advised by authorities not to travel to family, which is what my family decided to do. Instead, we will have an intimate meal over Zoom with family. The inability to gather with family and friends during holidays certainly puts a damper on the celebratory nature of a holiday, and when you add the...Read more...

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