The picture in Israel has changed radically over the last few days.

We’re now looking at a partial lockdown straight in the face. Already, the cafes, restaurants and malls in Jerusalem and across Israel are meant to be closed.

They’ve closed the schools and kindergartens.

And now, we’re not meant to have any gatherings of more than 10 people.

It’s amazing to me that so many people aren’t figuring out that the official guidelines they keep putting out are totally illogical and unworkable in practise.

On Friday, my kid was working in the bakery. The queue kept erupting into fights, because people felt that other people were standing too close to them….

On the buses, they have now police-taped off the first 4 seats close to the driver, to save the bus driver from Coronavirus.

Again, totally retarded, because when someone coughs or sneezes it travels way, way further than that distance.

If people weren’t taking all this so terribly seriously, it would be hilarious.

Monty Python meets the Great Plague of London.

In the meantime, I joined in on the panic buying by nipping out to get more toilet paper…

I couldn’t help it. My oldest has been streaming snot like a river for the last 5 days, and she single-handedly went through a whole pack.


Belatedly, when you can’t just buy chocolate when you feel like it, and when you start to realize that toothpaste is not to be taken for granted, and that even an onion is a present from Hashem, the whole picture really starts to change.

You start to realise just how much shefa, just how much good, Hashem has actually been showering down upon you all those years, when you were just whining and complaining and taking so much for granted.

The essence of the world is literally changing right now, as Rav Pinto said.

Everything is being reconfigured along more spiritual lines, and it’s truly pretty scary, just because it’s hard to see how we get from ‘here’ to ‘there’ in one piece, and without going nuts or running out of toilet paper in the meantime…

But God has a plan.

And He seems to be putting it firmly into action.


5 replies
  1. Leah
    Leah says:

    Yes, Hashem has a plan. With this situation,like all others, He is the One in charge. We are not in charge.
    Stay safe and healthy.

  2. michal rus
    michal rus says:

    hugs….(from an approved social distance of course)
    here in canada we dont have the same rules..yet (they change by the hour…)
    but the panic is rising, the schools are all closed, the stores being bombarded by too many shoppers…etc

    the only thing we know is that we know nothing

    the good news is…our illusion of stability, our illusion of control is being erased, and many people are talking about moshiach…just the conversation is nice to hear (usually im the one pointing out how this thing or that thing is a sign of geulah..nice for me to hear others opening their minds and hearts to the idea of Hashem being in control and bringing surprises kheref ayin)

    with all this people are praying more too, for those we hear who have gotten sick, for those whose parnasa is at risk, and for those who are emotionally not handling this so well.

    may Hashem protect us all and literally save us with the complete and merciful and speedy geulah shelema

    may we share besuros tovos
    shavua tov!!

  3. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    Just spent Shabbos under a semi-lockdown. Only adult men were allowed in shul, which is better than no-one as other places have. Playdates are “strongly discouraged.” I stayed home all day with 3 little kids and not much to do. Baruch HaShem we survived. 🙂 I had a hard time explaining to them why they couldn’t see their friends as usual. (Uh..germs?) We’ll see how the next week goes since schools are closed. Praying for everyone.

  4. Remi
    Remi says:

    Dear Rivka Levy,

    I have a question that I hope you maybe want to write something about.

    Is it permissible to ‘rejoice’ over these ‘birth pangs’ of the Moshiach that are rocking our world ?

    I find myself on one way (as per instruction of Rav Berland) to pray for healing of myself and the world of Corona (and for the success of Rav Berland) and on the other way I sometimes find myself ‘rejoicing’ about these global events as they are apparently needed to happen before Moshiach can come.

    I hope you can shed some light on my question.

    I pray for the success of Rav Berland.


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