Esther moments ask the question: When does one choose to show up and take on the leadership needed, risks included, in order to move forward a critical, sometimes life-and-death conversation, policy or initiative?
Jewish ethics regards every human life as having absolute value. What follows from this is a vision of how society must be structured all the time, rather than a prescription for ER triage, as exemplified recently in the coronavirus pandemic.
Are we going to subscribe to an ageist and ableist medical model of decision-making driven by profit, and outmoded ideas about the infallibility of science? Or are we going to seek ethical alternatives that make life-and-death choices more equitable?