High Holiday reflections in the age of COVID-19

As the High Holidays approach and I reflect on the past year, I’m bombarded by thoughts of COVID-19.

Pandemics and racism


It felt like an impossible choice: what do I write about at this time? How can it be anything but the pandemic? But, too, how can I not write about the calls for racial justice? And then it all fell into place: these two issues are actually deeply connected, are both relevant to us as Jews.

Resources on racism and Black Lives Matter

Moriyah Kleiman and Miriam Sager have compiled a list of anti-racism resources for a specifically Jewish audience, with a focus on Canada and Hamilton.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

Many, many years before COVID-19 threw our world into turmoil, a young woman named Brownie and a young man named Sam rebelled against physical distancing guidelines.

It would have been enough already

This year was an uncanny Passover. Plagues? We know from plagues: we’re in the middle of a pandemic. And as we thought about the Jews’ vast migration, our leaving Egypt, we all were staying home, Zooming from the Seder table with our absent families.