This unprecedented pandemic is challenging every aspect of our lives, upending daily routines as wells as Jewish rituals. And now: members of our community are dying of this disease. We must find new ways to memorialize them.
As the pandemic’s revolutionary impact on our day-to-day reality became clear this week, the Forward knew our readers needed to hear from clergy.
We have twins in seventh grade, so this pandemic hit at the height of Bnei Mitzvah season.
In the past few days and weeks, we have all experienced shocking changes in our day-to-day lives. As our spiritual leaders, you have been on the front lines. You’ve made difficult decisions about canceling Bnei Mitzvahs and restricting attendance at life-cycle events, you’ve adapted prayer services and study sessions to take place online, you’ve helped your flocks understand the essential importance of pikuach nefesh above practically all else. And you’ve done all this while worrying, like everyone else, about yourself and your loved ones avoiding exposure to this frightening disease.
I paid a shiva call Friday morning. It was the most natural thing I could think of to do, the right thing, the only thing.
If this is the new normal, let’s make it a meaningful normal, a Jewish normal.
Senator Sanders spoke truth to power at J Street — why won’t he do the same at AIPAC?
When I was Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times, I wrote intimate stories about Israelis and Palestinians. And I got flak from all sides.
We made our records requests public more than a week ago, and we have yet to hear a word from New York’s mayor, governor or borough presidents.
We are rededicating ourselves to one of the Forward’s core missions: being a platform for civil discourse.