I have been asked by alumni to provide my thoughts on the current situation, both from a practical as well as “spiritual” perspective. From a practical perspective, the response is simple. Follow all guidelines and restrictions of the health services. This is necessary both to protect yourself and
We know that the four cups of wine are כנגד ד' לשונות דגאולה, they represent the four expressions of redemption mentioned in the Torah. However, the חיד"א reveals another layer of meaning to these cups. The Pasuk says that were supposed to be in מצרים for 430 years, yet the מדרש tells us that
When we speak about yissurim (difficulties and challenges), we usually think about their impact and their justice in terms of individuals, as in the famous question — Lamah yeish tzadik v’ra lo? — Why do the righteous suffer? But, of course, just like there are yissurim for individuals, there are also yissurim
A few days ago, my young son was lying on the couch in the middle of the day. My wife asked him what was wrong, and he said he didn’t feel well. She asked, “What’s the matter?” and he said, “I think I have kavanavirus.” Baruch Hashem, he is totally fine, but maybe he is on to something.
“It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time.” -Barbara Kingsolver A few years ago, I had the privilege of going away on vacation with a number of people in my family. After a long day of traveling and sightseeing, we sat outside our cabins joking, snacking and playing games.
There have always been epidemics. The world was so simple. Although they spread, relative to what's going on today, they were confined. Face it, between technology and travel, the world has gotten very small. From one individual somewhere in China, all of humanity is going out of its mind.
I spent a lot of my married life in “quarantine.” We had bone marrow transplants and other types of illness that were possibly fatal to my husband, so we had to stay home. Although my children went to school, they had to change clothes and shower the second they got home without touching
My wife and I got an email this past Thursday night that our kids’ schools were closing for Friday and all of this week at the minimum. This didn’t come as a surprise, as schools throughout the country have been closing, voluntarily or otherwise.
A section from today’s newspaper: “… The arrival of the coronavirus has rapidly raised anxiety levels among New Yorkers, many of whom spend their days in close quarters in office and residential buildings, on crowded sidewalks and in packed subway cars.”