There's no substitute for physical ritual on the Jewish High Holy Days
By understanding the function that our bodies play in ritual, we reach a deeper understanding of some of the most complex ideas in our religious tradition.
Each year, despite my near obsessive use of hand sanitizer over the High Holy Days, I find that I inevitably end up getting sick a couple days of later. After shaking hundreds of hands over an intense couple of weeks, you might assume that this would be inevitable.
However, I think the reality is that for Jews that's what it means to practice Judaism. Judaism is all about the use...