As quarantines and lockdowns spread, the descriptions of tzara-at in Leviticus 13 (Parashat Tazria/M'tzora) come to mind. Tzara-at refers to a scaly skin affliction that caused people to sent "outside of the camp" into quarantine so they wouldn't spread tzara-at to others.
A m'tzora, a person with tzara-at, would be examined by the priest to determine whether they could wait for a recheck in seven days or actually had to...Read More
During these uncertain times, it’s difficult to find a routine and a sense of normalcy – but being a part of the largest Jewish movement in North America can help ground us.
Reform Judaism reminds us that our Judaism is one that is adaptive and manifest in many forms, from attending Shabbat via livestream to reading Jewish texts at home, and even listening to Jewish podcasts.
Here are six Jewish podcasts...Read More
While I pray that the coronavirus pandemic will pass over quickly, that turnaround is unlikely to happen by Passover. With the holiday just weeks away – so soon that Manischewitz and Streit’s products are already in markets – now is the time to make backup plans for our seders.
The seder that I am privileged to attend, one of the highlights of the year, is no ordinary in-home event.
Started by seven sisters and brothers in 1950s Los Angeles, the...Read More
Out of an abundance of caution, I’m staying home.
Out of an abundance of caution, I’m washing my hands for at least 20 seconds, sometimes singing the ABCs, sometimes singing the itsy-bitsy spider, and sometimes saying a prayer.
Out of an abundance of caution, I am telling people how much I love them every day, sometimes multiple times a day. I can get annoying.
Out of an abundance of caution, I am waving frantically to the stranger across the street while I am out for my walk, making eye-contact, smiling and saying hello.
Out of an abundance of caution, I am...Read More
There was something slightly eerie about watching the Knesset’s swearing-in ceremony this week, as each legislator-to-be filed in Noah’s-ark-style – two by two, or in some cases, threes – to avoid going over the mandated maximum of gathering. The irony of the name Knesset, which means “gathering,” was not lost.
During this time of a near breakdown in societal norms, Israel is rapidly dealing with the spread of COVID-19, closing all major opportunities for gathering, including restaurants, bars, and the school system; it...Read More