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New Year: the good, the bad, and the ugly

As the Jewish New Year gets under way, it’s time to assess whether things will get any better in coming months

As the Jewish New Year begins, we should look backward and forward in time to decide what is good, what is bad, and what is ugly.

Looking backward, the last category is easy. This past year, which began with the usual mix of good and bad, turned ugly after four months. A coronavirus, an entity too small to see without a microscope, brought the great and mighty human race to its knees. An astonishing void of competent, much less great, leadership in the Western world led to a serious economic/political/social/health situation almost everywhere. There can be little doubt that the effects of the corona-crisis will be felt long into the future.

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