My Dearest Child

We spent billions of dollars developing and producing the deadliest weapon on earth — the hydrogen bomb — so that if anyone dared to harm you, we could keep you safe.

We gathered the finest minds in the world to design the most advanced F16 fighter jet, capable of destroying an enemy thousands of miles away, so that you could go to school safely.

We created the strongest army in the world, training millions of soldiers to be ready to face any enemy so that you could visit your grandparents anytime you wanted.

We devoted massive amounts of time, energy, and resources inventing the most powerful tanks, submarines, missiles, and guns, so that you could go to the park and play in peace.

We spent years training the best doctors and building the greatest hospitals and research programs, so that if you ever became sick we would know how to heal you.

Now, my beloved child, despite all this, we find ourselves powerless and unequipped to stave off the invisible monster, COVID-19.

But let me assure you, we have one weapon left in our arsenal. One superpower we can still use. It can penetrate deeper than a nuclear bomb. Its power is greater than the mightiest army. It can destroy what tanks, missiles and submarines cannot.

What is this weapon, you ask?

Prayer.

When we pray from the depths of our hearts, the virus stands no chance. If we band together and beseech G-d for mercy, corona cannot prevail.

This weapon has a proven track record. Our ancestors used it, and so did their ancestors, all the way back for thousands of years.

So now, dear child, let’s pray together, continuing the legacy of those who came before us. Let’s say Shema together, read some Psalms, put on tefillin and make sure the mezuzot on our doors are kosher, talk to G-d in our own words and beg him to eradicate this devastating coronavirus and heal all those already afflicted.

And, dear child, let us pray that He bring the Final Redemption with Moshiach, when all evil, suffering, and illness will be banished from the world.

Take heed, my child. The power is ours. Let’s embrace it. Together, we can accomplish the impossible.

Your loving father

Written by Rabbi Uriel Vigler
Manhattan NYC

About the Author
Zimbabwean-born Rabbi Uriel Vigler has been directing the Chabad Israel Center of the Upper East Side of Manhattan together with his wife Shevy since 2005. In addition, he founded Belev Echad which helps wounded IDF soldiers. He has a weekly blog on current events. He is the proud father of eight children (including triplets) and leads a very young, vibrant and dynamic community.
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