Friday, March 20, 2020

See Each Other During the Pandemic

Danny Cohn, CEO of the Birmingham Jewish Federation shared an interesting insight from a Midrash on Exodus 14. (A Midrash is an ancient commentary on part of the Hebrew scriptures, attached to the biblical text.) This is the Scripture of the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea. I believe this Midrash can add meaning to what we are experiencing at this time with the unknown of the coronavirus pandemic.
"The Midrash was on how the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea via twelve different paths separated by towers of water. Although each tribe had its own private path, each tribe could see with perfect clarity every other tribe during the passage. The Midrash recounts how the experience was frightening and being able to see each other comforted the tribes. As we are all taking our own paths during this time, let’s remember to “see” each other as much as we can to bring comfort to ourselves."
Your path may be rather smooth during this challenging era in history. Others feel that they are going under and about to drown. May we not be so preoccupied with our own lives that we forget to see others less fortunate. We are blessed to be a blessing.

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