Reasons to Stay at Home – Sh’lach (Aliyah 2)

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There we saw the giants . . . In our eyes, we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we were in their eyes.

When opening the front door feels the same
as going to war

When getting groceries is a risky proposition
where nothing is guaranteed

When the masks that keep the virus out
now come in paisley on Etsy

When people are taking the windows
out of the stores

When, in certain localities, they say it’s all a lie
while the death number goes up

While email after email comes telling us
we’re open now

accompanied by pictures of servers dressed
in head to toe plastic

When you’re afraid to let the arms of a stranger
wrap around your torso

When people are hanging from trees for
suspect reasons

When no-one can agree on
whose lives matter

When the virus and the hate commingle
like sisters

When people are convinced this is
the apocalypse

You can understand why a homeless
chosen people

would want to go back to Egypt where
life was hard but predictable

Where we knew the giants
by name

Where the choice between slavery and life
was always life.

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