Mort Laitner

‘Hocus Pocus’

I’m watching Tic Toc when Televangelist Kenneth Copeland appears on my iPhone and “blows the wind of G-d” at COVID-19.

Holy corona, he’s trying to destroy the pandemic by blowing on it.

I’m impressed.

This is original.

This is creative.

I’ve never seen anyone blow the wind of G-d before.

I’ve never seen anybody try to destroy a virus by blowing on it.

This Texas-based reverend dressed in his white suit, blue tie and matching blue handkerchief preaches biological destruction in front of members of his congregation.

His face clenches. His facial muscles cause his wrinkles to disappear. His bent fingers open as if he holds the weight of the world.

He is tightly wound.

He is focused.

His blue eyes fix on the camera’s lenses.

He screams:


He blows.

“I blow the wind of G-d on you. You are destroyed forever. And you will never be back. Thank you our G-d. Let it happen. Cause it to happen.”

Wow, intensity personified.

And I wonder where are our Jewish brethren in their attack on the coronavirus.

Why are the black hats not davening Kabbalah incantations at this plague?

Why are the reform rabbis not cursing the virus in ancient folk songs as they strum on their guitars?

Why are the Conservative rabbis not — in a mixture of prayers in Hebrew and English –attacking this disease as fervently as they attack the wallets of their congregation for operating expenses.

I want to see sacred theatrics.

I want to see divine creativity.

I want to see hocus pocus.

I don’t want to see the same old, bland, boring monologues as a plague destroys our community.

This is a time for new prayers, new thoughts and for rabbis to learn how to blow the winds of G-d.

About the Author
Florida's Jewish short-story writer, speaker, film producer and retired attorney. He has authored, "A Hebraic Obsession", "The Hanukkah Bunny" and "The Greatest Gift." He produced an award-winning short film entitled, "The Stairs". Movie can be viewed on my TOI blog. ChatGPT says, Mort is known for his works that often explore themes of love, loss, and the human connection. Laitner has published several books , including “A Hebraic Obsession.” His writing style is characterized by its emotional depth and introspection. Laitner’s works have garnered praise for their heartfelt expression and keen insight into the human experience.
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