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Now What?

11/01/2019 01:25:12 PM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The national and international media have left town.  The television, print and online stories have nearly ceased.  Every one of them told their story, and now is the calm and cleanup after the storm.  I remember an article in the NY Times on February 14 of this year, reflecting on the first-year mark in Parkland.  A student asked this question: When do we get the time to mourn? What an astute question, equally applicable...Read more...

Tree of Life, ONe Year Later

10/24/2019 09:00:00 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers reflects on the shooting that claimed the lives of 11 beautiful souls who were worshiping in our building almost 1 year ago on October 27, 2018. He talks about the unintended consequences of this horror and offers words of hope.

Do You Want Faith with That?

10/17/2019 03:03:23 PM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

You can look up the definition of “faith” in a dictionary, and read something such as: belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion; confidence or trust in a person or being; belief that is not based upon proof. They sort of have it right, but I suggest that it is much deeper. Faith is an internal set of controls that impact the choices that we make on a daily basis. It might not be genetic per...Read more...

The Most Important day

10/07/2019 06:52:14 PM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

What do you think is the most important day in the Jewish calendar? Some will answer Yom Kippur, since we fast for 25 hours and plead to God to forgive our sins. Some will answer Shabbat. Some will answer Passover. I submit to you that while these are excellent answers, I offer a different one: the day after Yom Kippur. “The day after?” you inquire. What is so special about the day after Yom Kippur?

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Eleven Months

09/18/2019 09:45:05 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

Today is the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Elul, eleven months after the 18th of Heshvan, which corresponds to October 27. Today concludes the recitation of Mourner’s Kaddish, although there will indeed be differences of opinion in this matter.  For the sake of communal clarity and support, I have suggested today’s date. There are no formal ceremonies. Informal ones have been devised by many creative people, for the starkness of...Read more...

The Lessons I've Learned

09/13/2019 11:36:08 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

There are certain dates within our lives that we remember most vividly, be they joyous or sad. 9/11 is one of those days. My congregation in Long Island was approximately a one-hour drive from Manhattan, and many NYC Firefighters lived in my...Read more...

Hope Springs Eternal

09/05/2019 05:45:09 PM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

It is very easy to lose hope.  The news seems filled with massacre after massacre in the United States, as we become numb. Even “prayers and thoughts” have disappeared from the public vocabulary. Part of my morning prayer rituals is the recitation of Psalm 121, which begins with: “I lift up my eyes to the heavens; from whence will my help come? My help comes from God, Maker of heaven and earth.” I...Read more...

A Different Kind of Alarm Clock

08/30/2019 05:47:25 PM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

This Saturday evening begins the Hebrew month of Elul. It is the concluding month of the lunar calendar, followed by Tishrei, upon which we commence the celebration of Rosh Hashanah.  There are two interesting additions to the liturgy for the month of Elul: we begin the recitation of Psalm 27, and we sound the Shofar at morning services Sunday through Friday (not on Shabbat). Why the sounding of the Shofar?...Read more...

A Tree Grows in Uganda

08/22/2019 05:48:35 PM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

We were privileged on Monday evening to host a whirlwind 24-hour visit by two young men from Kampala, Uganda: Wanini Esav and Yonatan Katz Lukato. Permit me to share a bit of the background story. At some point shortly after October 27, Yonatan found my son Aaron on Facebook, and then Yonatan shared with me a remarkable request. There existed at that time eight Jewish communities in Uganda, all of them in the...Read more...

In The Sandbox

08/15/2019 05:49:48 PM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

There were two significant anniversaries commemorated this week that deserve mention. On August 12, 2017, a white supremacist rally turned deadly as one participant rammed his car through innocent citizens, killing Heather Heyer. That day also marked the beginning of my weekly blog, as our Executive Director at that time, Joel Goldstein, suggested that it would be important that I share a message with the...Read more...

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