Backshot of an orthodox Jewish man standing against the Kotel

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.

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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….

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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:

  1. Recite at least 1 Tikkun Haklali a day (up to 7 a day)
  2. AND /OR Recite Rabbi Berland’s prayer to be saved from the Coronavirus, and send it around to as many people as you can
  3. 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.

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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.

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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!

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10 replies
  1. Shira
    Shira says:

    Rivka,
    Your updates are making me feel so much calmer and I look for a new update from you everyday so thank you so much for keeping us in the loop.

    I will bli neder do all three things every day

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  2. True Tzadikkim
    True Tzadikkim says:

    Bs”d
    What a beautuful post Rivka!
    Please, pray that every Jew will RETURN, so that we can be really one, any time soon, to celebrate the real crowning!
    And please, pray for everyone of us to not to be take to captivity by the still existing/non existing medina, nor being forced to do any test, that they just stay away from any CHELEK HASHEM, KEEPING DISTANCE from us with their tuma. Pray that every Amalek die instantly, so we are finally free of this! Thank you so much, can’t wait to all of us …being at the end of the world and the new begining world without evil. May we ALL DO TSCHUVA SHLEMA. Shavua tov.
    (Tehilim, Sefer ha Midot, Zohar, Parashat hashavua, AVANIM TOVIM, SEFER AVOTEINU….done and doing)
    https://truetzadikkim.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-israeli-mossad-ordered-all.html
    See the picture, most close to the authentik AVANIM TOVIM ON CHOSHEN!
    Ephod (instead of iphon), Choshen (instead of choshech)

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  3. Hadassa
    Hadassa says:

    Shavuah Tov, Rivka!
    Thank you so much for your offer. Kol Hakavod!
    One of the things I have been davening for ever since the outbreak is that all of Am Yisroel(myself included) should understand who’s in charge here – who the real boss is – and of course to do what Hashem is waiting for us to do. If C”V the opportunity goes by and we don’t do what it is that Hashem wants of His children then there will be something else – C”V. May Hashem help us to return to Him and may He accept us and with mercy bring us all home to dwell forever. Amen.

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  4. Rachel in NY
    Rachel in NY says:

    I have been reciting the stones, sharing the coronavirus prayer, and attempting tikun haklali (I did it 7 times on Wednesday, try to do it at least once a day but don’t always make it…) Please daven for Chaya Rochel bas Shulamis and her entire family to stay healthy, I don’t want to bog you down with the whole list of names unless you request it. Thank you so much.

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  5. Remi
    Remi says:

    Last Sunday I recited Tikun Haklali three times for the successful of the Rav. I recite the corona prayer and the stones daily.

    I will until Erev Pesach
    1. Pray Tikun Haklali at least one time per day
    2. Pray corona prayer two times per day
    3. Recite the stones two times per day.

    My name is Remi ben Mieke.

    Please pray I will get connected to the Rabbi again. I need him so much. (I met the Rabbi in Holland. I don’t have Jewish community and I feel very alone.)

    Thank you very much.

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