Jewish tradition is about confronting rather than denying negative events, not to be morbid, but as a way to reconcile with one’s past in order to move forward.
Accounting for how our minds and bodies sync up during moments of care and concern helps us understand how we can perform hesed – acts of loving-kindness.
The vulnerabilities of illness do not define the person, but require that they receive extra care.
Right now we are living with communal grief, if not also personal grief. It is hard to see our holiness, but it is there.
I kept waking up at night with the image of field hospitals in my head and thinking, “We’re going to have to build field hospitals.” My only experience with field hospitals was watching M*A*S*H* and seeing news reports from other countries in crisis.
Answering difficult questions about the world and comforting people in a time of need requires the best wisdom from both religion and science.