Confessions for Yom Kippur 5781 – Covid-19 version

For the sin of acting as if #Covid_19 is not a danger to us because we are young, healthy, and entitled to enjoy our lives, as we become carriers and infect vulnerable people;

For the sin of embracing and repeating rumors with no scientific foundations, conspiracy theories and other nonsense in order to avoid the difficult requirements for surviving this pandemic;

For the sin of mocking dedicated medical experts and civil servants who refused to provide simple solutions, because science (biology) is complicated and dynamic.

For the sin of “wearing” a mask on our chins, over our mouths but leaving our noses exposed, or not at all. 

For the sin of going to weddings, concerts, demonstrations, and similarly crowded venues in which COVID-19 is most likely to spread.

For the sin of selfishly demanding that schools open to take our children away during the day, and conveniently denying the evidence that this spreads the disease;

For the sin of willful ignorance, by not learning about the history of pandemics, such as the “Spanish flu” of 1918/9, and repeating the same lethal mistakes. #WearAMask, #StayHome

For the sin of not teaching all children (and adults) basic science to give them the ability to understand reality, distinguish between fact and fiction, and save lives.

For the sin of clinging to the myth that COVID-19 is not much worse than the flu, and all the fuss is foolish panic. 

For the sin of clinging to the myth that COVID-19 will disappear when the weather gets warm, so no need for masks, social distancing or closing our favorite restaurant. 

For the sin of believing (back in April) that the rise in infections was due to the lack of sufficient testing, which was the Ministry of Health’s fault. 

For hoarding alcogel, masks, toilet paper, and dried beans back in March,

For the sin of believing that the spread of the virus would stop if only the medical experts would stop changing their minds everyday,

For the sin of mocking medical experts and civil servants who refused to provide simple solutions, because this is complicated and dynamic. 

For the sin of believing that a magic formula exists to stop the spread of the virus but the top medical experts are incompetent, 

For the sins (three times!) of voting for incompetent populist politicians who told us whatever they thought the public wanted to hear,

May we all be inscribed and confirmed in the Book of Life.

About the Author
Gerald Steinberg is Professor of Political Science at Bar Ilan University and president of NGO Monitor. His latest book is "Menachem Begin and the Israel-Egypt Peace Process: Between Ideology and Political Realism", (Indiana University Press)
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