As I write this, Shavuot has just come to a close. As fulfilling as it was to engage in Tikkun Leil Shavuot programs facilitated by the Reform Jewish community, a lot weighs on me. With COVID-19 continuing to ravage Black communities and racist violence all over the news, I almost feel like it’s Yom Kippur instead – the time when Jews are supposed to be most aware of their own mortality.
I’m a Black man living in America, and I have never felt more mortal than I do in 2020.
In February, two white men murdered Ahmaud Arbery while he was out for a jog in Brunswick, GA. Further, the county... Read More