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View from Central Park

Crossings

It seems we turned a corner in our coronavirus crucible. Whereas until now the word we’ve been living with is “lockdown,” now the word that’s buzzing is...

The same time, but not the same boat

As I spend more and more time out in the park, I’m struck by how many families pass me by. Whereas in the past, to be sure, the park was peopled with some families,...

Corona angels

It’s amazing to witness all the corona angels this pandemic has brought to us. One curious kindness I can’t help but notice is all the inspirational art that has...

Corona inspiration from Israel

In this era of the coronavirus, when so much of our lives as we know it needs to be recalibrated, when each person in their life stations and circumstances needs to...

Each other’s faces

I always thought it very beautiful that in Jewish tradition, the mark of a new day is that of recognizing the face of another. Once dawn has streaked the sky and...

The Lag b’Omer of our time

On the second night of Passover we launched this year’s journey of counting the sefirah — the 49 days from Passover to the holiday of Shavuot, in preparation for...

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...

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...

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...

What about the permanently quarantined?

Bidud. Bedidut. Hitbodedut. These three Hebrew words overlap as they are all rooted in the same three Hebrew letters bet, daled, daled; equivalent in English to B.D.D....