Rabbi’s Blog

Yom Kippur Morning – by Reb Jamie Hyams

Yom Kippur Morning – by Reb Jamie Hyams

I have been blessed with my first 0ne-on-one bat mitzvah student, a lovely 11 year-old girl. It has been a long time since I was 11, and I have no daughters so hanging out with an 11 year-old is a new experience for me. Clara and her parents are Argentinian and she spent 4 years in Hong Kong, and then Ohio, and now in our community, so her perspective is fresh, enriching and causes me to think.

Kol Nidre – by Reb Jamie Hyams

Kol Nidre – by Reb Jamie Hyams

Last week on Rosh haShanah, I commented on the idea “May we be inscribed for a good year.” I explored the idea that in the coming year there will be things over which we will have no control, and other things whose outcome we can affect through our actions.

Shabbat Inspiration – by Reb Jamie Hyams

Shabbat Inspiration   by Reb Jamie Hyams, Student Rabbi, Congregation P’nai Tikvah, June 21, 2019 Tonight, I want to think a bit about our Judeo-Christian religious landscape in this country.   Two weeks ago, we gathered to celebrate Shavuot, the...

Shabbat Inspiration – Acharei Mot by Reb Jamie Hyams

Shabbat Inspiration -  Acharei Mot by Reb Jamie Hyams, Rabbinic Student, Congregation P’nai Tikvah, May 3, 2019 Shabbat shalom, It has been quite a couple of weeks…. My head is swirling with the sense that anti-Semitism is on the rise; the shooting at the Chabad in...

Shabbat Inspiration – VaYekhel by Reb Jamie Hyams

Shabbat Inspiration -  VaYekhel by Reb Jamie Hyams, Rabbinic Student, Congregation P’nai Tikvah, March 1, 2019 Shabbat shalom. I am taking a really interesting class this semester entitled “Modern Jewish Ideas, Beliefs, and Practices.”  The class explores Jewish...

Shabbat Inspiration – Mishpatim by Reb Jamie Hyams

Shabbat Inspiration -  Mishpatim by Reb Jamie Hyams, Rabbinic Student, Congregation P’nai Tikvah, February 1, 2019 Shabbat shalom, I recently read a great quote  - “Pray as if everything depended on God, Act as if everything depended on you.”   We are in a covenant, a...

Shabbat Inspiration – B’shelach by Reb Jamie Hyams

Shabbat Inspiration -  B'shelach by Reb Jamie Hyams, Rabbinic Student, Congregation P’nai Tikvah, January 17, 2019 Shabbat shalom, As I stand up here tonight it is such a joy to see everyone as we begin a new phase of P’nai Tikvah’s journey.  Thank you to everyone who...