Judaism is and always has been about community. When COVID-19 hit and the delicate balance of community and safety began, there were concerns about the effect this tension would have on congregations all over the world. Nowhere was this felt more than in ultra-Orthodox communities, which put unity above all else. So, almost a year into the pandemic, should the way we define a community be redefined and are there Jewish laws that should be changed to reflect this new reality? Utilize the accompanying educational resources to engage your students.
“Judaism has no language to describe the existential “I,” the experience of the lone individual struggling with life. Jewish language is built on the premise that there is no “I” without a “we.” But the “I” without a “We” is precisely the condition of modernity.”
How do we deal with our need for community while simultaneously pursuing self-interest?