Resilience: During the High Holy Days of April & May   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "As three of the world's major religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - prepare to observe their High Holy Days in the next few weeks, people all over the world are suffering and dying alone. Families are saying their goodbyes, and clergy administering last rites, via Facetime. Living rooms where neighbors and friends would normally drop by to offer comfort sit empty. Memorial services are postponed, or canceled completely. Never has the comfort offered by a community of shared beliefs been more needed, but rarely has it been more difficult to achieve, than in the current COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] crisis. Perhaps for this reason, accounts have been multiplying of religious gatherings in defiance of stay at home and social distancing orders. [...] These gatherings can prove disastrous from a public health perspective, affording the virus opportunities to spread, and proving lethal to some of those who attend or to people they contact. At the same time, practitioners of all faiths are adapting their rituals to the harsh new reality, and rediscovering the depth of the message their faith holds for times like these. The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York is being converted for use as a hospital. Family seders are being planned over Webex, Zoom, Facetime or Skype. Good Friday and Easter services are being livestreamed, or broadcast over television."

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