Tzvi Fishman
Torah Commentator, Novelist, and Film Director

Get Ready for Round 2


Everyone might as well stock up with toilet paper now. Don’t wait for the last minute. Purchase plastic gloves, liquid soap, and disinfectants before the prices rise. Corona Wave II is on the way. It may hit our shores in a month, or perhaps wait till this coming winter, but it’s unquestionably coming. The Master of Heaven and Earth did not bring the current Corona pandemic upon mankind merely to turn us all into masked Zorros and Lone Rangers, but rather to teach us a lesson. But if we ignore the incredible Divine Visitation that we are still experiencing, and go back to business as usual, without internalizing the fact that life has been flipped upside-down, and that all the Creator needs to paralyze the world is a tiny, invisible germ shaped like a crown, destroying mighty economies, terrorizing vast armies whose soldiers stand trembling impotently before a foe which missiles don’t faze, while citizens around the globe quake in the homes, glued to their televisions, computers, and smartphones until God’s displeasure passes – if we ignore all of this and hold fast to theories about Chinese meat markets and sinister laboratories, then surely Round 2 is near.

No, I am not a prophet. Then what makes me so sure? I could quote verses from the Torah and Prophets which forecast these kind of inconvenient world-shaking events, but no one would pay any attention, so I won’t bother. How then do I know? Try to follow my simple advice. Open your eyes, Look and see! All over the world, from Bangkok to Brooklyn, the human race has become fortressed behind funny-looking masks. Not just in India or Africa. The world over. Everywhere. All at once. Tell me, all of you intelligent fellows, who poisoned the air? The monkey and bat dealers in Wuhan? Evil Chinese scientists? Nonsense. Shtuyot! The very same God that sent the Ten Plagues down upon ancient Egypt to crush the arrogance of Pharaoh, has released the Coronavirus upon mankind in order to smash our arrogant hearts and inspire us to turn our heads upward to recognize our Maker and King by the means of His devastating crown-shaped, supergerm, Corona.

Do you really think that the Creator of Heaven and Earth put all of humanity through the deadly washing machine of COVID-19 just to have us return to life as usual? Ha ha ha ha ha! How blind can one be? “Who is the Lord that I should acknowledge Him?” you proclaim, just like the haughty Pharaoh. Hasn’t the present round of Corona been enough for you? Do you want another plague? COVID-20? Or perhaps you’d prefer a global invasion of frogs? Or a week of total world darkness? What about gigantic ice cubes falling down from the sky? Then would you recognize God and paid attention to His message? Is that what you need? A show-biz plague? Something fancy? Not only masks, but having to furiously scratch your body all day long until you screamed out to God for salvation?

I hope I haven’t given Him any ideas. Dear friends, it isn’t too late to avoid the sci-fi plague to come. Open your eyes. Use your brains. Don’t go back to normal. Wake up to the Truman show, Truman! Take a peek around the screen to the other side of the matrix. Don’t be a dummy forever. Wake up! Acknowledge the King! Face the real reality! God exists – not only on the dollar bill. Take off your masks and see His wondrous doings. Face it, my friends. Something great is happening! As Bob Zimmerman sang, “Something is happening, Mr. Jones, and you don’t know what it is.”

About the Author
Before making Aliyah in 1984, Tzvi Fishman taught Creative Writing at the NYU School of the Arts. He has published nearly twenty novels and books on a wide range of Jewish themes, available at Amazon Books and the website. He is the recipient of the Israel Ministry of Education Award for Creativity and Jewish Culture. Recently, he produced and directed the feature film, “Stories of Rebbe Nachman” starring Israel’s popular actor, Yehuda Barkan. Presently, he is working on Volume Four of the Tevye in the Promised Land Series.
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