Coping With Anxiety
What "gods" are we in danger of making at our time of uncertainty? What "gods" have you already seen people creating?
When should we push away our anxiety? What is a healthy way to do that?
And, when do we talk to others about our anxiety?
Is the possibility of death the only reason not to worry about the future?
The value of this advice today is clear. What is the value of it in normal times?
Why are these texts right next to each other in the Talmud? How might they be related?
As opposed to the previous texts that advise us not to worry, this text speaks to the possible value of anxiety. What is that value?
In our context, what is the distinction between a "danger" and a "sin"? What do we think of these (very strict) rabbis drawing the distinction between the two?
How might we interpret the consequences that this text suggests befalls people who fail to wash their hands?
When is putting people outside the camp no longer sufficient?
Why is it so hard for us to self-quarantine when, apparently, we've been at it for thousands of years?
What do the "varieties of fruit" have to do with the rest of the text? What does it have to do with our current situation?