I hope all of you are doing well during these uncertain and stressful times. I want to share the following poem that was sent to me last March. It was written by the poet Lynn Ungar on March 11, 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This poem and other readings can be found on Awakin.org. I hope you find these words comforting.


What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath —
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

Kol Tuv (All Goodness),

Rabbi Teri