This morning marked the 18th day I walked off to the Kotel to pray.
It’s been raining pretty much non-stop for 5 days here in Israel, so it’s hard to know how much the bad weather is keeping people away, but today -Shabbat – when I got there, I was like the 13th woman on the female side of the mechitza, at 8am.
That’s pretty sad.
But Baruch Hashem, the sun was even a little bit shining, the showers were temporarily drying up, and I had such a good feeling when I was touching those holy stones. I had the strong impression that things are moving spiritually, and that the dream of geula happening soon, the sweet way, is becoming more real with each passing day.
On the way out, I passed a confused French Lubavitcher who was looking for Kever David.
I was on the way there myself, so he followed after me, and asked me where I was from.
London, I told him.
You sound French, he told me.
A lot of people say that. I’m not.
The young French guy told me that all of his family are in France still, and completely uninterested in making aliya.
I’ve tried talking to them so many times, they just don’t want to hear about it.
Then, the conversation turned, inevitably to COVID-19.
It feels like a big joke to me, he said. Nothing is really going on with it, I can’t understand why it’s a ghost-town round here, he said, pointing to the totally empty plaza.
So I get to Kever David, and there is a solitary woman in there doing a Shemona Esrei. I get in there, and she immediately darts an evil look in my direction and lifts up the collar flap of her coat on one side, to cover her mouth.
10 seconds later, she left, clearly upset that I’d entered her space.
I rolled my eyes as loudly as I could, then read through Rav Natan of Breslov’s prayer to be saved from a plague, that someone has kindly stuck on the Kever.
Half way through, I heard someone come in behind me who was hacking and coughing away like a champ.
I turned my head to see who it was – and noticed it was the paranoid woman who’d rushed out as soon as I entered. Yet again, she lifted up the flap of her coat to cover her mouth – she really should patent that – and darted another dirty look in my direction.
The irony of it all. With her hacking cough she was 100% more likely to have COVID-19 than me….
Anyway, on the way back from the Kotel, Hashem put the idea in my head that as I’m going there, BH, every day for the next 22 days, and that most people can’t or won’t have that opportunity, I should try to share my Kotel visits more widely with you, dear readers.
So, if you want me to ‘take your prayers with me’ to the Kotel, here’s your chance.
In return for you taking something upon yourself to help the Tzaddik HaDor Rabbi Berland to get all this Coronavirus stuff sweetened and over by Pesach – which is currently looking like an open miracle of the highest order – I will ‘take your prayers with me’ to the Kotel, when I go.
Here’s 3 ways you can do something to help Rabbi Berland get this sweetened:
- Recite at least 1 Tikkun Haklali a day (up to 7 a day)
- AND /OR Recite Rabbi Berland’s prayer to be saved from the Coronavirus, and send it around to as many people as you can
- AND / OR Say the stones on the ephod 7 times, as per Rabbi Berland’s request HERE.
The stones are:
אֹדֶם פִּטְדָה וּבָרֶקֶת נֹפֶךְ סַפִּיר, וְיָהֲלֹם לֶשֶׁם שְׁבוֹ, וְאַחְלָמָה תַּרְשִׁישׁ וְשֹׁהַם, וְיָשְׁפֵה
Odem, pitdah, baraket, nofech, sapir, yahalom, leshem, shvo, achlamah, tarshish, shoham and yashpeh.
HERE’S THE DEAL:
In the comments section below, let me know what you’re taking upon yourself, then let me have the names you want me to add to my ‘Kotel prayers’ list.
Alternatively, you can send me a message on my comments form, too, including the same info, if you want it to be a bit more private.
People, we can do this! With Hashem’s help, we can get this to turn around, and stop all the pointless panic in its track. 10,000 people have died so far this year just from the flu. According to this site, more than 600,000 people are going to die from cancer in the USA alone in 2020; 840,000 die from heart disease every year, again just in the US.
Hashem doesn’t need COVID-19 to kill us, and it’s so important for us to retain perspective on what’s going on, and to not start to panic unnecessarily.
Hashem holds our lives in His hands, but that’s always the case.
In the meantime, so many more people kept Shabbat in so many more ways here in Israel than ever before this week.
The first (secular…) guy who got COVID-19 and then got released said the loudest Shema Yisrael you ever heard live on national TV in Israel.
More and more people are waking up and talking about geula and Moshiach as a real possibility now, something that wasn’t even on their radar a couple of weeks’ back.
Things are moving.
We are in a crucial time right now, and the next week or so is going to tip us into irrevocable madness… or see this Coronavirus panic fizzle out.
If we join with the Tzaddik HaDor, pray, and keep a lid on the panic, this can all turn around by Pesach, God willing.
So send me your names, let me know what you’re willing to do in return and let’s see if we can make this happen, BH!