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What will they say?

04/30/2020 09:07:09 AM

Apr30

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Amid this period of self-quarantine, we continue with Sefirat Ha-Omer, the period where we count up from the second Seder for forty-nine days, until we arrive at Shavuot, the agricultural festival that celebrates God giving the Torah at Mt. Sinai. There is another counting period that began prior, and that is the number of days that we have been primarily in our homes. There is no specific beginning date, as it...Read more...

How Do we Measure Success?

04/23/2020 09:52:23 AM

Apr23

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Is success measured by the amount of money in your bank account or in your pension? Or might there be different tools that measure it? Is the new standard for success the fact that I was finally able to purchase a package of toilet tissue at a...Read more...

From where does my help come?

04/14/2020 09:19:25 AM

Apr14

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

During challenging times, people of faith will turn to their religion to provide them with strength and hope.  Many have seen or heard me quote Psalm 121: I turn my eyes to the heavens; from where shall my help come?  My help comes from God, Maker of heaven and earth. I began including that Psalm every morning after 10.27, and continue during this time of self-quarantine.  I find that it provides me...Read more...

What do we miss most?

04/07/2020 10:55:01 AM

Apr7

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Every Rabbi, and most likely everyone who will be participating in the Passover Seder, will find the opening question of the Four Questions very powerful this year: How is this night different from all other nights?  There will be an immense range of answers, from the serious to the sublime, from the humorous to the hallucinogenic. Obviously it will be different, but that does not mean unfamiliar. The matza...Read more...

How is this Night Different From All other NIghts?

04/02/2020 12:00:21 AM

Apr2

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

How will this night be different from all other nights? Indeed, there are potentially many answers. But to back up a bit, even though all of us will not be privileged to have the usual Seder with family and friends in person, that does not mean that Passover is canceled. It is not. It is always good to give the house a spring cleaning, although for many, the disinfecting and cleaning has been ongoing for quite a bit of time. I have read of...Read more...

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.

Our...Read more...

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...

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