Synagogue or Sickness?

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It’s was funny this morning, but I was thinking it’s Passover and then Shabbat, normally three days when we would be going to synagogue.

But because of Coronavirus, we can’t go–it’s all closed!

It reminded me of when I was a kid and my father would {strongly} encourage me to go to synagogue.

My father was a man of deep faith and he used to say warningly to me:

It’s better to go to synagogue than to the hospital.

Obviously, he was implying that if I didn’t follow G-d’s word, then G-d forbid, he would punish me and instead of going to Shul, I would go to the hospital.

Maybe not the best way to teach someone to want to go to prayer services, but I know he meant it out of complete love for me and ultimately for my best.

Further, I want to state unequivocally that this is not to blame anybody who suffers or gets sick; only G-d is the judge and knows why bad things happen to people.

Yet ironically, now with coronavirus preventing us from practicing the many communal aspects of our faith, so many of us can only but wish that we could just go to synagogue and celebrate the holidays and Shabbat together once again.

Unfortunately, for now at least, we don’t even have the option to go to synagogue⁠—the choice has been taken from us.

G-d willing, hopefully soon, we can once again go⁠—with willingness and love⁠—not only to pray at synagogue, but also to the holy Third Temple in Jerusalem itself.

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Andy Blumenthal is a business and technology leader who writes frequently about Jewish life, culture, and security. All opinions are his own.
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