The rest of our session today will be very practical and pragmatic, very down-to-earth -- so I thought I would introduce it with just a bit of poetry. From the great Hebrew poet of the last century, Leah Goldberg:
B’chol davar yesh l’fachot shminit / shel mavet.
In everything there is at least an eighth part
that is death.
Its weight is not great.
With what secret and carefree grace
we carry it wherever we go.
On lovely awakenings, on hikes,
in lovers’ words, in distraction
forgotten at the edges of our being
always with us. It doesn’t weigh...