Looking at The Vaccine & COVID from a Jewish Perspective

Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Are you over 65 and still waiting for an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Are you younger, or have family members who have no idea when they can be vaccinated? Are you being careful in your daily activities? Are you taking any risks to be with family or friends?

Jewish tradition places a high value on “Pikuah Nefesh,” saving a soul. In fact, you can transgress any of the mitzvot, except for the big three (murder, idolatry, and adultery) to save a life. The rabbis and sages in ancient and medieval times were aware of the importance of taking care of your body, especially as bodies were considered as belonging to G-d. The Torah knows about the preventive significance of quarantine. The Talmud proclaims that “physical cleanliness is conducive to spiritual purity” and the Talmudic rabbi, Samuel, declares that “washing one’s hands and feet in the morning is more effective [in securing health] than all the lotions in the world.” Maimonides tells us which food to eat with which food, not to eat too much, and to exercise.

Rabbis and Jewish ethicists today have opinions on how our Jewish values should reflect our behavior during this terrible pandemic. But there are so many questions. What is the responsibility of our community and government to provide medical care for all of us? How do we allocate scarce medical resources? Whose life is more valuable? What blessing should we say when we receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Join us on Thursday, March 4, to explore COVID-19 and Jewish tradition with Sue Spector. Share your thoughts as we learn what our Jewish values say about our present situation. (Note: This program will not deal with the medical and scientific aspects of COVID. We’ll leave that to Drs. Sachs and Krinsky, our medical experts.)

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