Jewishly thinking about suffering under COVID-19

Daniel Gordis on America, Israel, and the sources of Jewish resilience.

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Recovering coronavirus patient
Recovering coronavirus patient

The year 2020 has been one of real suffering. The coronavirus has infected tens of millions the world over and has taken the lives of a quarter of a million Americans.

It’s decimated the economy, shuttered businesses, brought low great cities, and immiserated millions who could not even attend funerals or weddings, visit the sick, or console the demoralized.

This podcast focuses on how to think Jewishly about suffering and about the sources of Jewish fortitude in the face of tragedy and challenge. In his October 2020 Mosaic essay, “How America’s Idealism Drained Its Jews of Their Resilience,” Shalem College’s Daniel Gordis examines recent experiences of Jewish suffering and how different Jewish communities responded to it.

In doing so, he makes the case that Jewish tradition and Jewish nationalism endow the Jewish soul with the resources to persevere in the face of adversity. Liberal American Jewish communities, by contrast, have no such resources to draw upon.