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Living with the Enemy

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Who would have thought that going out for coffee with a couple of friends could be so liberating and energising? Who would have imagined that being able to have Shabbat dinner with one of your kids or being able to daven / pray indoors with just a minyan could be so deeply satisfying?

That’s the power of this little virus we have been living with for most of this

year. It has recalibrated our way of living, refocused our way of thinking.

I felt it keenly when for the first time I met with a group of multifaith representatives and officials on our first day of freedom to do a filming at Fed Square (see article further down). That eye-to-eye contact (faces still masked); that energy that comes from live interactions; the spontaneity of connecting; affirming the deep social need that makes us human. Of course, it did help that Melbourne put on its best face – the aching beauty of a perfect spring day in our lovely, liveable city.

Daniel Andrews timed it well to coincide with the parasha / Torah reading of the week! Lech Lecha, go forward; get moving; get away from your “family home” (Gen 12:1). The parasha does continue “leave your country, your birthplace” (Ibid): Leaving Australia however remains an obstacle as most citizens are banned from leaving the country. Not that most of us would be keen to travel when the world is experiencing a huge increase in Coronavirus infections and deaths.

It’s a sobering reminder that despite our Melbourne elation at liberation, the pandemic is far from over; that even with the........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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