For months now, we’ve been making real sacrifices. And since the downsides are clear, apparent and immediate, while the victories are invisible, uncertain and down the road, it’s been really difficult, both emotionally and financially.
The purpose of the mask is not just medical. It is an outward display of an inner feeling of sadness, and it shows others that we are coping with a difficult time, and that this summer lacks the same joy as last year’s.
We sat down with Roger Price, founder of the blog Judaism and Science, to discuss how the Jewish world is looking to the past and future to handle COVID-19.
Since they have diametrically opposed impacts on society, it is virtually unintelligible to link religion and race. However much this may be so, it would be ill advised to consider them radically disconnected or as always operating as opposing forces.
Right now we are living with communal grief, if not also personal grief. It is hard to see our holiness, but it is there.
At the core of our Jewish tradition stands a powerful bulwark against a temptation to insist that creation really took just six days, six thousand years ago.
Like the paradigmatic blessing for rain, the Shabbat practice of blessing children offers the gift of love in exchange for nothing.
At the Jewish Center of Princeton, NJ, Rabbi Daniel Nevins, the Pearl Resnick Dean of the JTS Rabbinical School, joined Michael Graziano, PhD, to explore the topic “How Do You Think? A Jewish & Scientific Exploration of Consciousness.”
Memory, whether personal or collective, seems to be a central feature of Jewish practice.
Some truths are true because they are the stories that shape our perspective on the world. Torah is the inspiration for, and the vessel that holds, this Truth.