Just a quick post, to say that yesterday evening, Wednesday March 18th, 2020, the panic was starting to really swell here in Israel.
Even I was feeling it… Even the tough sephardi guys in Talpiot were starting to crack…Even people who really don’t get stressed about anything were starting to get worried.
And then today….
It feels like it all got sweetened.
It feels like the mood has changed, the cloud has lifted, the downward spiral we were heading into here at a million miles an hour has been reversed.
And now I’ve spoken to a few other people, I know I’m not the only one who is feeling it.
The Mossad imported 100,000 faulty Coronavirus test kits that would have duly produced an enormous ‘spike’ in the the infection rates – simply because of the number of people being tested – and would have lead to total shutdown.
The government has been hinting as much for the last 3 days, already.
But now, that seems to be off the cards, at least for now. Baruch Hashem.
It’s starting to feel a little more ‘normal’ again, a little more breathable, I can still walk to the Kotel tomorrow, I can still buy challah for Shabbat….
So, what happened today to sweeten all this?
Today, Rabbi Eliezer Berland appeared before yet another judge in yet another court, and the judge said that he should be released to house arrest, as long as he was accompanied by police guards and army guards.
Apparently, the State of Israel couldn’t find any police guards to spare.
Maybe they are all in lockdown.
So now, they are keeping the Rav in prison for another 11 days, until the next hearing on March 30th, in conditions that are mamash a danger to his life
And in the meantime….Coronavirus in Israel (at least….) got sweetened.
I can feel it in the air.
But we’re not out the woods yet. So, please continue to do your bit by:
- Reciting 7 Tikkun Haklalis a day (or at least ONE)
- Reciting Rav Berland’s prayer to be saved from Coronavirus
- Reciting the stones on the ephod 7 times a day:
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.
These are all things that Rabbi Berland has stated are helping to tip the scales and eradicate COVID-19 from the world by Erev Pesach.
And today, I think the tipping point in this crazy saga was reached, BH.
Thank God, for Rabbi Eliezer Berland.
Today, I got an email from Amazon officially confirming that they are banning publication of Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s Prayers for Health, which includes the prayer against the Coronavirus.
When you understand that it took two decades of concerted pressure from a large number of people to get Amazon to ban Adolph Hitler’s book Mein Kampf (which only happened two days ago…) you can start to get a feel for what’s really going on here, around the Rav.
So, with Amazon banning the book and the prayer that’s going to help sweeten Coronavirus, we’re trying some other options.
And then, it’s over to you, how you choose to respond to this Coronavirus epidemic, with fear and facemasks, or with prayer and emuna.
From where I sit, it’s a no-brainer.