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Covid-19, stress & Mashiach!

Tuesday, 14 April, 2020 - 8:58 am

Passover’s first days confirmed a new reality for all of us: Judaism can be enjoyable even in isolation. We celebrated with family Seders, Minyan’less prayers, Torah study without holy scroll readings and, for me and Chavie, more kid-time than we could’ve ever imagined experiencing. We are now gearing up for round two as we usher in the two day finale of Pesach. We will celebrate the splitting of the red sea without singing Moses’ and Miriam’s songs from the Torah, we will memorialize our loved ones without a formal Yizkor service in Shul (If you’d like me to mention your loved ones while holding the Torah on Thursday in Shul, please email me) and we will eat the Mashiach meal, at a time when Mashiach seems most needed, yet, seemingly so far away. 

Earlier this week, I caught a glimpse of “Health” magazine in our home. In it, author Sunny Sea Gold, in an article entitled “Begin your day mindfully”, talks in great length about an idea that has been at the core of Judaism since Sinai. She writes about the value of a “mindful morning routine”; talking about “turning inward”, focusing on “consciousness” and emphasizing “immediate gratitude” before even getting out of bed upon awaking.

The Jewish basics: Modeh Ani. Washing hands. Immersing in a Mikvah. Morning Prayer. Blessing before eating. Kissing the Mezuzah before heading out. Always focusing on the current moment.

We are now living in the “now”. Chavie and I aren’t thinking about the summer or when schools will reopen, as we are clueless and thinking about it just freaks us out and creates unnecessary anxiety. We aren’t thinking about our kids’ dentist appointments or climbing gym lessons as those are canceled until further notice. We aren’t planning events at Chabad for Lag B’Omer, Shavuos, summer or even Rosh Hashana yet, as we don’t know where things will be at those particular times. We are living day by day, expressing gratitude for that which we have, mourning those who we've lost and praying for those who are ill. So we will enter the holiday in a most peaceful mode: We will have two days to think about “now” and that is the essence of Mashiach, living in the moment, stress-free. We need to stop “bringing” Mashiach, and start “living” in a Mashiach mindset. Covid-19 is making that possible; don’t miss out on internalizing it.

Chag Sameach

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Chag Sameach! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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