Monthly Archives: April 2020

אחרי מות־קדשים

A week ago I mentioned that the combined Torah reading for the upcoming Shabbat was the biblical portion occurring on the centennial year of my father’s birth.  This week is another dual portion, and its combined name, “Acharei Mot – … Continue reading

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Wake Me Up When It’s All Over

The official music video of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” has a staggering number of views, verging on two billion. Avicii was the stage name adopted by the Swedish musician Tim Bergling, and knowing that he committed suicide at the tender … Continue reading

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The Final Exam

Daniel Mason is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, with research interests in the subjective experience of mental illness, the use of the humanities in treatment, and the influence of literature, history, and culture on modern medical practice. He received … Continue reading

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Prophet and Loss Statement

Yesterday I blogged about this week’s Torah reading, the double portion of Tazria-Metzora in the Time of Corona.  This Shabbat is the second day on which Rosh Chodesh Iyar is greeted, with its dedicated haftora portion from the Prophet Isaiah … Continue reading

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Tazria-Metzora in the Time of Corona

I’m sharing these thoughts in honor of my father, Dr. Israel E. Press, on the centennial of his birth and during the week of his bar mitzvah parshiyot of תזריע־מצרע  Tazria-Metzora is nestled in the midst of וַיִּקְרָא spanning Leviticus 12:1 to … Continue reading

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How to Do Nothing

Did you ever think you’d need to read a book on How to Do Nothing?  Even before the new coronavirus chased you indoors, you may have been weighing the merits of more contemplative time.  Jenny Odell, an artist and writer … Continue reading

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What Are “Essential” Services?

Pundits have already begun to refer to the era preceding COVID-19 as “BC” or Before-Covid, and “PC” as Post-Covid, but at the moment most of us are focused on life in the midst of C.  Stay-at-home orders enacted in most … Continue reading

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