Category: Rabbi’s Blog


In Their Honor

Memorial Day may not be a Jewish holiday per se, but the concept of remembering and honoring our brave military people who risk, and sometimes give, their lives in service to the rest of us is certainly a Jewish value….

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Animals Teach Us the Meaning of “Oneness.”

Parshat Emor, 5/4/18 While writing this sermon, I had in mind our 4th Graders who co-lead the service with the guidance of their teachers, Ms. Beth Julie, and our educator, Ms. Marian Kleinman. They did such an amazing job: everyone’s…

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It’s All Your Fault!

Parshat Achrei Mot/Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27) This past week’s short sermon catered to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders who participated in leading the service (they did such a beautiful job BTW), as well as their families. It is written in…

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For Everything There is Time Under The Heavens: A Time to Speak, and a Time to Remain Silent

This week holds a very powerful place in the heart of almost every Israeli: it is the week between the Holocaust Memorial, Yom Ha’Shoa, and Yom Ha’Zikaron, Memorial Day for slain Israeli soldiers and victims of terror attacks. Both commemoration…

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Questioning the Counting of the Omer

On a Facebook Jewish Women’s clergy group the other day, someone posted the question, “Are you counting the Omer? Why/why not?” My response, “No, No. It’s an old custom/ritual that simply doesn’t speak to me…and since my congregants don’t seem…

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Chag Aviv Sa’meach!

Does Moses’ name appear in the Passover Haggadah? Are we still subject to enslavement? These questions and more in the Rabbi’s Blog will help you have a happy and thoughtful Passover.

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Live From Israel, It’s TBT!

Highlight photos of Rabbi Meeka’s 2018 tour of Israel.

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Before Our Group Leaves for Israel

My Dear Congregants, Before we leave for our Israel trip, please allow me a few moments of your time by reading this message: Friday is here. Everyone is busy planning for the long weekend, the celebratory “Presidents’ Day,” coming up…

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Va’era: What if this time we are the pharaohs?

Rabbi/Cantor Meeka Simerly

What if we are the pharaohs?

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A Hannuka Miracle

How 3 Rabbis from very different backgrounds have come together and listen to each other.
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