1 Nissan 5780

March 26, 2020

“Therefore the prudent doth keep silence in such a time; for it is an evil time.”

– Amos 5:13, JPS 1917 Tanach

I am challenged, flummoxed, and trying to refrain from being outspoken. Yet, there is an urge to speak my voice, within reason, as well as the parameters of my belief and practice. Finding the balance, during these times of uncertainty, is no small task.

Even so, I believe that consideration needs to be made for my own peace of mind; not in a selfish way, rather, to gain perspective for the sake of clarity. Then, I will be better able to express my thoughts in response to what is happening in the world.

Therefore, I might diminish the quantity of my writings, over the next two weeks. Using these two weeks before Passover, to reflect without feeling compelled to write, will hopefully be a way of renewing my soul, so that I may start anew with fresh insights.

Yet, I will post at least once a week, towards the end of the week, to continue publishing a brief shiur on the weekly reading from the Torah. Here are a few words, concerning my recommendations for self care, during these challenging times: “Do not allow yourself to be inundated by the news. Be selective, find realistic perspectives, and nourish your soul with eternal truths that will outlast this plague.”

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