Tzvi Fishman
Torah Commentator, Novelist, and Film Director

Prayer of Corona Thanksgiving

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Now that schools and synagogues are reopening in Israel, along with stores and shopping centers, with the renewal of public transportation, and the closing of emergency Corona wards in hospitals, it is appropriate to pause before rushing back to business as usual, and express our thanksgiving to the Master of Heaven and Earth, the King of Corona, Guardian of Israel, the Holy One Blessed Be He.  Here is my prayer. You can make up your own.

Dear Lord,

Master of the Universe, who creates all things, and who brings afflictions and their cures, thank You for allowing Your People in Israel to survive the deadly virus which You sent to awaken us from our slumber and to remind us that You are still very much in our midst. Your mercies are never ending. For we are Yours and our lives belong to You, and our fate is in Your keeping. We understand that You sent the Corona plague to the world, and that it did not occur by itself. And we understand that if You had made the virus even a wee bit stronger, it could have completely destroyed the global economy, brought all nations to their knees, and ravaged the ranks of humanity, Heaven forbid.

In thanks, dear God, I take it upon myself to be less arrogant, to thank you every morning for the gift of life when I rise up from sleep, to give thanks for the food You provide to sustain me, to pray to You every day with more effort, and perform more acts of kindness, and not to speak evil about others, and to draw closer to the glorious Jewish Heritage which you bequeathed to our Forefathers, and to actively cherish the pleasant Land which You awarded us as an eternal inheritance, and to give thanks for the State of Israel which You gave us and which so devotedly looked after its citizens during the epidemic, caring for each and every one us like a shepherd cares for his sheep.

And thank You, Dear God, for all of the doctors and nurses and medical staff who labored day and night to heal the sick, and for all of the brave grocery store workers and truck drivers and factory employees and public workers who continued at their jobs with great self-sacrifice for the welfare of all of us, and thank You for the policemen and soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, who risked their lives in the fight against the invisible enemy. May You bless and reward them all for their deeds.

Finally, Dear God, please may my more illuminated awareness of Your Presence be forever in my heart and mind, that I not fall back to my old ways when I placed myself as the center of the world, and not You. Have mercy upon all of mankind, and heal the world of the Coronavirus, and of our blindness and haughty hearts, so that You will not need to send another, more potent, reminder that You are there, waiting for us to return to You, our King and our Maker. Amen.

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 tzvifishmanbooks.com 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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