Since the advent of the pandemic, governments, communities and individuals have been faced with the question: do we lock down, or open up? Beyond this binary lies a series of questions: What health risks are worth taking in order to prevent individual or communal economic loss? How should individuals and governments balance risks of virus spread with risks of impoverishment, especially when economic burden and health risk are not evenly distributed?
Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein lives in Chicago and is the National Jewish Educator for Avodah, Educational Consultant to the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), and Staff Educator for the Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA).
Rabbi Meesh Hammer-Kossoy, Ph.D. teaches and is on the leadership team at the non-denominational bet midrash Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, where she also directs the Social Justice Track.