Could coronavirus be a blessing?

Jerusalem PostOpinion

Could coronavirus be a blessing?

“Go, My people, enter your chambers, and close your door; hide for but a moment until the wrath passes” (Yeshayahu 26:20).


IN THIS new time, shaking hands has been replaced with rubbing elbows. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Sure, we are most pained that people are ill and that others have died. But for all those who will stay alive, and that will be most of us, it may quite well be a blessing.And here’s the reason why:

What is happening to us is that we suddenly hear what Abraham Joshua Heschel called “a perpetual murmur from the waves beyond the shore,” which until now we didn’t hear. Not because it wasn’t there before, but because we have been deafened by the curse of taking our lives for granted. We tell ourselves that we’re fine, that we have almost everything under control, and that we’re close to becoming the masters of the universe. One more step, a bit more patience, and we’ll be there: absolute certainty; absolute security; absolute health.

Now, to our utmost dread, we have fallen into the hands of one tiny virus that forces us to our knees, causing us not only to be aware that we’ve lost our certainty, but to realize that we never had it to begin with!


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