- moving farther & farther apart from one another > notion of distancing – social or physical – = embedded itself into every facet of our lives.
- minyan – in empty sanctuary > first truly tactile experience in synagogue over entire duration of our social distancing.
- Jewish religion sending message of comfort & consolation. > It’s OK – we got this.
- second paragraph of the Shema = metaphor for our relationship with nature + the environment.
- nature = quixotic + capricious
- It may be time to take a fresh look at the ancient ritual of tefillin.
Over the last whatever number of months (I can’t even remember what day it is), we have been moving farther and farther apart from one another. The notion of distancing–social or physical–has embedded itself into every facet of our lives.
It’s hard to imagine that I haven’t actually shaken anyone’s hand since March. I haven’t seen over 95% of my congregation in person. When I’m out running, I have to interrupt being able to get “in the zone” as I remember to steer around other walkers and runners. If I’m out shopping, I reflexively recoil anytime I feel another person getting too close. I can’t even watch TV shows or movies now without looking at the scenes and thinking that people are standing way too close to each other.
The other day as I was preparing to lead minyan–in my empty sanctuary, standing at my podium (and I mean my
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