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Inclusion during covid-19

04/30/2020 10:04:40 AM

Apr30

Shalom Lewis, Rabbi Emeritus

 

She is a quiet member of our shul. A sweet modest soul whose fate is undeserved. I have witnessed her heartbreaking deterioration over the years. A body rebelling with cruelty against health and vitality. From a wobble and a cane to virtual bed ridden immobility. It is Mother Nature at her nastiest. Cold. Heartless. And yet this woman's spirit soars in defiance.

 

In a recent conversation, her nearly indecipherable words expressed a new gratitude born out of our shared COVID-19 tragedy. Social distancing has become the mother of invention. Zoom has brought us together from sheltering in place through the magic of technology, but it has also enabled the once sadly exiled to re-engage. This young lady who was a davener and student of Torah is now able to once again be part of a service and part of a class. She is profoundly grateful for this new connection to community. Laying in bed, an undeserving prisoner of pitiless biology, she once again, worships and studies among us.


Lemons into lemonade. Silver linings in clouds. Cliches abound of the human spirit transforming darkness into light. Often in the distance but for us an intimate, proud celebration with a member of our mishpachaWhen this horror ends let us not bid farewell to Zoom too quickly. Let us not forget our congregants who don’t make it to shul, not because of sloth, but because of insurmountable obstacles. Let us continue to praise God, study His words and live lives of divine, holy, inclusive love.

 

When this horror ends let us not bid farewell to Zoom too quickly. Let us not forget our congregants who don’t make it to shul, not because of sloth, but because of insurmountable obstacles. Let us continue to praise God, study His words and live lives of divine, holy, inclusive love.

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