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A gift

I have the good fortune to share a birthday with one of the great poets, Robert Burns. The reason I say good fortune is because Burns’ birthday is no mere date on the...

The most meaningful Passover yet

A Colorado lawmaker recalled the Gestapo as he objected to the rules that have almost all of us confined to our homes. The comparison is ignorant. In 2020, unlike in...

Dying alone

Ma Nishtana? How is this night different from all other nights? This year, the refrain might be, “How is this Passover different than all other Passovers?” In every...

‘How will we get through this?’

Howwill we get through this? Wrong question. But I need my mother for the seder. Or: I lost my deposit for Pesach at the hotel. Or: I have nowhere to go for seder. Wrong...

Kaddish on Riverside Drive

When this is all over, none of us will be the same. Nothing will ever be the same after corona. We are living through so many firsts and so many lasts. This truly will...

Inexorable optimism

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks describes himself as an inexorable optimist. In a podcast discussing the good and bad that emerges from a crisis like coronavirus, the former UK...

Coronavirus: Who is in control?

Am I the only one thinking of the Holocaust? Darkness descended: Suddenly. Dangerously. Transforming reality, totally. Impossible to get a grip on because never seen...

The implications of communal shut-down

For many Jewish communities in the US, this was the week when synagogues were abandoned. In an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, houses of worship were...

Community, despite social distancing

“Eicha yashvah badad, Alas, she [Jerusalem] sits in solitude.” Thus opens the Scroll of Lamentations. It’s what I said to a friend of mine living in Jerusalem...

How fast it comes

It’s amazing how quickly things change. I had tickets for the Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights game for this past Sunday, March 15. As a huge fan of both...