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Choice Voices for the Week of
Thursday, March 19, 2020
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From the blogs
Corona in Jerusalem: What story will we tell?
Yossi Klein Halevi
The morning after Israel’s first non-military emergency, will we awake even more divided against ourselves or remember we were all in this together?
It’s an epidemic that proscribes individual freedoms, spreads divisive messages and erodes the checks and balances of democracy
My neighbor’s cough
Musings from a Tel Aviv apartment that gets fresh air, but no sunlight, as I can’t escape hearing the incessant symptoms of possible COVID-19 through the walls
From the blogs
Dreaming in the time of Corona
There is something absolutely stunning about the fact that all of humanity now is suffering from the same threat. This is life.
Staying home with God
Sure, praying and studying Torah in public is nice, but you can fulfill these mitzvot very well in the privacy of your own home — and you should!
Rachel Sharansky Danziger
The intimacy that is yet to come
I’m already thinking of my future nostalgia: ’Remember how we’d sit together in a room, unafraid? How we’d let the toddlers run around, touching everyone, boogers and all?’
Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Video communication in the time of Corona
Sure, you may be great in front of a live audience. Connecting with online viewers is different. Here’s how to get your message across
Underwear for a month: Lone soldiers and corona
As our wise, resilient children are teaching us, now is the time to see the bigger picture and put personal desire to one side
Back to the sources: Jewish wisdom for a time like this
Unite. Leave no one behind. Pray. Preserve hope. It’s all there in the texts that have always offered sustenance in a crisis
Elana Stein Hain
Soul and breath: A prayer
In the absence of all the communal gathering that provides comfort and focus, I have written a prayer to help us cope
We’re all women now
With quarantines and shuttered synagogues keeping us home, we have a golden opportunity to recalibrate Jewish observance
Talking to my 6-year-old about coronavirus
It’s okay to be scared, even when we need to make sure that we’re not *too* afraid. And I’m kind of ’sad and nervous’ too
The Coronavirus test we will all take
“This is a test. This is a test of the Emergency Broadcasting System. This is only a test…” When I was growing up, that’s what we would ominously hear late at night on television with a test pattern on the screen. Then a long piercing tone would sound. Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the test. We can pass or we can fail, it’s our choice. You think you can’t handle what’s now in front of us, but you can, because you have been studying for this test your whole life. I...
Naomi L. Baum
Coping with coronavirus: Free yourself from fear
Tips from a trauma psychologist, including: practice good hygiene, talk to your kids, and find a reliable news site, but DO NOT tune in to news all day
COVID-19: The numbers game
We still have a short window of time before our hospitals reach capacity, which means that how well each of us self-isolates has a real impact on the public good
In Trump’s COVID-19 response, a troubling echo of the past
Once upon a time there was an unhinged, megalomaniacal, authoritarian leader who turned an epidemic into a humanitarian crisis
How to safeguard your mental health in the new normal
Israelis are used to stress, but the new reality, with its reduced social contact, pushes us to accommodate our strengths and weaknesses in fresh ways
Erris Langer Klapper
Has COVID-19 affected our common sense?
Do you seriously think you can avoid the virus by gargling? Well, you can’t. Stick to the boring and scientifically factual websites
Jews, cancel everything
I’m a veteran expert in stopping epidemics. My medical and Jewish advice is: Don’t congregate, touch, kiss, share challah. Do be kind.
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