“You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.” This quote from Pirkei Avot is recited so often among Jewish activists that it can feel like a cliche. Many of us have heard it in moments of exhaustion, pessimism or despondence.
Of course, Orthodox Jews are not the only individuals who have struggled to comply with the changing restrictions.
It is the public health crisis of 1918 with the racial violence of 1968 and a Lindbergh-style fascistic leader at the helm.
Revising or revoking New York’s nascent no-bail law won’t help to prevent anti-Semitic attacks.