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an attitude of gratitude

11/24/2021 10:06:37 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

While much has circulated over the past few years regarding the authentic origins of Thanksgiving, the concept of a Fall harvest festival with a meal to celebrate and offer thanks to God is ancient. In fact, it is called the holiday of Sukkot. There are some who claim that the early pilgrims copied this from the Hebrew Bible. It is easy to get caught up in other matters and forget about the...Read more...

a spreader of hope

11/18/2021 08:42:32 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

When I think about what is the thing most lacking in people’s lives, despite when some might consider the potential of a lengthy list, my answer is “hope”. When we have hope, then seemingly impossible things can happen. When we are without hope, when things seem hopeless, it is less likely that they will come true. A belief in miracles exists because we have hope. A belief that one’s...Read more...

can you pass this test?

11/11/2021 08:13:08 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The stories of the progenitors of Judaism in the book of Genesis are very open and honest. Their faults and mistakes are not covered up, but spoken of openly, so that we might learn from them. Unlike Dr. Spock’s book on how to raise children that was popular in the 1950’s, the book of Genesis shows us how not to raise children. Certainly favoring one child over siblings is a feature, be it Cain’s jealousy of...Read more...

all you need are hugs

11/04/2021 08:29:57 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

I’m writing this blog the morning after the 10.27 Commemoration, as numerous thoughts swirl through my head, and I wanted to capture them in a timely manner. It has indeed become for me, and no doubt many others, the most difficult time of the year. Because of the proximity of the yahrtzeit on October 24 to the public commemoration on October 27, the time between to recharge the batteries...Read more...

it takes a community

10/28/2021 09:38:38 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

There is no way to prepare oneself for the remembrances and commemorations of 10.27. There is that slowly creeping dread that grows a bit stronger each day. This year it felt like one long day from Saturday evening, when the yahrtzeitin commenced, through the commemoration at 4:30PM at Schenley Park on Wednesday. It was interspersed with various media interviews, local, national and...Read more...

may their memories always be for a blessing.

10/21/2021 09:14:09 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

We are on the cusp of the week that none of us look forward to, as we observe the third commemoration of the massacre at the Tree of Life. One of the questions that I most frequently get asked is: how are you and the community doing? My general answer is that when viewed from 30,000 feet, I would hope that there is an upward trend towards healing. When viewed under a microscope, that same line...Read more...

10/14/2021 10:15:42 AM


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the pain came back

10/14/2021 10:14:34 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The pain came back. I knew that it would, and that there is no pain medication to take it away. It is the pain of being a survivor, of witnessing the worst horror in the history of the American Jewish community, and of the daily bombardment from all around the world through newspapers, television, radio, books and movies. Once the recording starts playing in my head as I lay in bed, it is...Read more...

recessive or dominant?

10/07/2021 10:17:07 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

The initial stories of humanity in the book of Genesis are not very encouraging. God creates humanity and gives them free rein and reign over all in the Garden of Eden. They are given an easy set of instructions: You may eat of anything except for the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Seems rather simple. Yet what they do is disobey, failing God’s test. Eve could have refused the snake,...Read more...

a positive outlook

09/30/2021 09:59:24 AM


Rabbi Jeffrey Myers

For many who have observed all of the Fall Holidays, there is usually a bit of relief that they are finally OVER!  Hopefully the weather will be nice and the Sukkah can be disassembled and stored away before it rains. The sheer volume, intensity and pace of sermon writing, Torah reading preparation, review of prayers specific to each holiday and incredible number of festive meals will now...Read more...

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