Of the many things I have missed these past two years, near the top of the list is getting together and seeing people face to face. I like faces. So much of our communication is done without words, only with our expression.
Our face shows who we are, our experiences, and our divinity. Of all the billions of faces in the world, past and present, no two people look exactly alike. No two people have the same face.
Each of us contains an entirely unique spark, meant to be shared with others. I understand the role of masks in public health, but K95 masks all look the same. Masks have hidden our faces, and Zoom has digitized them. Still, there is no substitute for real world, whole-self presence.
We NEED to be together. To SEE each other. Anew. In person. Face to face.
Hillel Norry is the rabbi at Temple Beth David in Snellville.