Related Blog Posts on Shabbat

Shabbat as Alternate Time, Especially During the Pandemic

Michele Braun
July 8, 2020

Friday’s sunset could be no different than Thursday’s, a time marker notching off another day or another week, but Shabbat requires us to mark a more substantial difference,  Regularity is key to keep track of our lives between other Jewish times and when days blur into each other.

The Power of Shabbat, Even Over the Loudspeaker

Cantor Laura Stein, LMSW
July 6, 2020

Even as structure and routine begin to crumble, ritual observances don’t stop for the virus. As did many generations of Jews before us, we must adapt ritual to this unprecedented way of life, and Shabbat services, a mainstay for nursing home residents, necessitated creative adaptation.

Pandemic in the Petri Dish of Prison: A Jewish Call for Justice

Rabbi Hilly Haber
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
April 23, 2020

The Book of Proverbs instructs us to “speak up for those who cannot speak...to raise our voices on behalf of the vulnerable and downtrodden.” (Proverbs 31:8-9). The individuals who make up America’s prison population are isolated, vulnerable, and voiceless.

How I'm Finding Blessings Amid the Separation

Cantor Lauren Phillips Fogelman
April 22, 2020

As challenging as these days of quarantine have been, I take comfort in the many ways this strange time of separation have enabled us – however ironically – to come together. Here are a few of the “blessings of separation” I’ve experienced in the age of COVID-19.

What's Real about a Virtual Shabbat Service?

Howard Richard Debs
April 21, 2020

Frankly, I was skeptical about attending services online – but it was the occasion of the yahrzeit (anniversary of death) for my wife’s brother, and this was our only option for respecting her wish to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish with our Jewish community.