Smiling behind a Mask is Episode 107 of a Dash of Drash.
Today is Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of counting towards Sinai. As well as bonfires, this is a festival whose themes include the power of the eyes and the mouth. I have been pondering the question of how to greet each other during these days and how to smile from behind a mask out on the trail.What will happen when we come out of the isolation of our caves?
I hope we can be kind.
Lag BaOmer also marks the end of the plague that killed 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva. May this plague end soon!
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what profound parallels! May we step into our ancestors shoes with even more empathy to the plight of the stricken and the poor students who were the most vulnerable to losing life during a plague.And the request to be kind. Yes, we should be kind. It's the last vestige of civilization.