A time to demonstrate wisdom and faith
צילום: פלאש90
Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

Here’s an important message from Rabbi Haggai Lundin: “The time is ripe for fear and mysticism. Every few years society in general and people individually face some sort of palpable danger: a natural disaster, an economic collapse, war, or an unknown disease. The means of dealing with the fear is directly determined by the spiritual world that is found in people’s hearts. Mastery over wild imaginings and fears is an essential part of our spiritual development. There is no reason to flee towards those mystical domains where each Hebrew letter equals a number and so the value of ‘corona’ equates to that of ‘Gog and Magog at the end of days’. No, there is no reason to go to extremes and say that the world is going to be destroyed.

We need to pay close attention to the directives of the Health Ministry and to follow them strictly. Beyond this, most of us really have nothing to do and therefore the best thing to do is to continue to occupy ourselves with what benefits our lives and not to waste our time with baseless rumors that only deepen our fears.  And above all – prayer. Because the foundation of this sensible approach is faith in G-d with a clear mind that defeats all wild imaginings and fears. The end of the world is not coming now and never will come – because faith teaches us that this world is good and G-d gives people the wisdom and the ability and the courage to stand before such challenges. Self-control, optimism, courage, stability, faith – these are the words the believing person needs to nurture and live by in the 21st century.”

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Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya, the mother of five. Lives in Jerusalem. She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Radio). Her lectures on the weekly Torah portion are attended by hundreds and the live broadcast attracts thousands more listeners throughout the world.
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