School is starting up, and the dog days of summer are here. The High Holy days (too early this season!) follow on the heels of Labor Day Weekend. And amidst all the normal, unexceptional benchmarks, there’s the elusive and disruptive (and dangerous) reality of covid.
As I write these words (August 2), there are in-person plans in place for High Holiday davening, but we all already understand that life in this pandemic is about negotiating the shifting guidelines of public life.
I close with a plea that we all stay safe, and that we look out for each other. In the Talmud we’re taught that — if we were to save someone’s life, we’d be credited with saving a whole world. Soak in these words of teaching — how we behave, how we encourage each other — these gestures may well save a life, a whole world.