Hard times take many forms: the loss of a job or other economic hardship; the devastation of a flood or other natural disaster; the horror of violent assault. Just getting out of bed can be an act of great courage at times like these. Whisper a prayer for yourself, or say one for your friend, community, or the world. Hope will find you.
What do we do when our Jewish practices are painful, when instead of anticipation and joy one is filled with hesitancy and dread?