Translation by Yehoshua Siskin
Once again we are returning to severe restrictions in coping with corona. Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein said yesterday in a press conference that not every generation in our history was privileged to grow up with a grandpa and a grandma. Our generation was so privileged and we need to carefully guard these precious assets.
Even adults in their sixties need to be especially cautious during this time. The weekly Torah portion reminds us of our special relationship with them: we protect them since they are our foundation and our roots.
Bilaam looks at the nation of Israel and declares: “For from their beginning, I see them as mountain peaks, and I behold them as hills.” Rashi explains that Bilaam in essence is saying what those mountain peaks and hills represent:
Our story did not begin this morning. We are built upon the previous generation which was built upon the generation that came before it, and so on all the way back to Avraham and Sarah, to the founding fathers and mothers of the nation. Bilaam gazes upon us and understands the source of our awesome strength. We too should understand this and protect the generation that came before us, our most precious asset.