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Episode 18: Rabbi Jeffrey Myers on Trust, Friendship & Kindness

Episode 18: “I believe in angels” is what Rabbi Jeffrey Myers told a grieving family and community when he opened the seventh and final funeral he officiated, after the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre took the lives of 11 praying people. On October 27, two years will have somehow passed since that tragic day. Rabbi Myers explained to his tearful, pain-stricken audience that his angel had come in the form of a living, breathing, Pastor Eric Manning.  Who is your angel? Do you have more than one?



mindy’s show notes

Interestingly, my guest on Episode 018, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, sneaks in a smidge about the Pittsburgh Steelers (who are known for winning the Super Bowl six times!) and places focus on the ritual’s fans go through to prepare for each game.  His desire is to insight the same type of game time preparation from his congregation, to reach holiness. I dubbed this “tailgating for God” and hope he finds a use for it in one of his sermons.

“I believe in angels” is what Rabbi Jeffrey Myers told a grieving family and community when he opened the seventh and final funeral he officiated, after the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre took the lives of 11 praying people. On October 27, two years will have somehow passed since that tragic day. Rabbi Myers explained to his tearful, pain-stricken audience that his angel had come in the form of a living, breathing, Pastor Eric Manning.  Who is your angel? Do you have more than one?

If every single human stopped using the H word, would our hearts feel more love and kindness? Rabbi Myers states, the four-letter word, the H word, is an obscenity. He felt God ask him to speak about our need to restore civility and in doing so, challenges each of us to pay close attention to the words we choose.

As an act of kindness, thank someone from your past for mentoring you. Share how important they were or are to you. A phone call, email or a, wait for it…an actual written note displaying how their encouragement and perhaps criticism, made you the person you are today, is a true form of kindness. Rabbi Myers fondly remembers those who mentored him, cared for his knowledge, his values and challenged him in life.

“God, what do you need me to do, today?” and “How do you answer the unanswerable?” Each of these questions are carefully talked through as Rabbi Myers shares from where he learned to trust the voice of God, especially, when his own voice and practice of prayer escaped his grieving body.

Prepare yourself. Healing is about to commence.

Stay safe, healthy and wear a face cover for others and yourself.

Together, we can shine a light on peace.

resources to assist you in your preparation of healing:

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers
Rosh Hashanah – a definition
SevenDays® Make a Ripple, Change the World
Faith Always Wins Foundation
Shabbat – a definition
Psalm 121
Pastor Eric Manning, Mother Emanuel AME Church
Psalm 23


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