How much we depend upon each other
התמונה מתוך העלון "עולם קטן"

Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

The corona panic brought Chani Lifshitz, Chabad emissary in Katmandu, Nepal, to write the following words:
“Suddenly we need to think very well: Which route did we take? Which people were in our area? How long were we in the presence of those people? Do we recall other people who passed by, their exact proximity and what exactly happened between us? Did we shake their hand, embrace one another? How many of us stop and think about such things when we are not talking about the coronavirus?  Day quickly follows day and suddenly we need to stop – to understand how critical it is to remember every detail concerning those we met along the way. This can have a major impact on our lives. Suddenly it becomes clear how much long term influence there is in every encounter with another person. We should never think for a moment that the contact we make with another is arbitrary. It becomes clear that contact with another can stay within our body and soul for many days, can change our life from one extreme to the other, for good or for bad. And one can infect another who infects another. So it is in this world. We are dependent upon each other.The influence of every action is felt from one end of the earth to the other. And there are those who need to be quarantined.They are given time to look inside, to reflect in isolation, kept far away from everyone. I am sure that when they are released from quarantine, they appreciate anew the energy generated in every contact between two people. Shabbat shalom.”

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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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