The Old Normal vs. The COVID-19 Normal

It is astonishing:
A few weeks ago, normal meant that we spent most of our days, outside of our homes, speeding through the rat-races of life. Today, the new normal means that we spend much more time inside the confine of our households, connecting to our families and our loved ones.
Up until a few weeks ago, normal meant that others – teachers, tutors, babysitters, and nannies – would be left to educate our children, and if and when we had time, we would join their efforts. Today, the new normal means that we have taken ownership over our children’s education, and others are pitching in when need be.
Up until a few weeks ago, normal meant that we would eat out most of the time, and consume foods that others prepared with fine skills.  Today, the new normal means that we gather around our dining room tables with our families, and eat together foods that have been prepared with fine hearts.
Up until a few weeks ago, normal meant that we would run out of our homes to “go out” and find gratification in movie theaters, concerts, plays, bars, and night clubs.  Today, the new normal means that we run into our home, and find meaning and joy in the stories we tell our children, in the meditative moments we create for ourselves, and in the quality time we spend with our spouses.
Up until a few weeks ago, normal meant that we would spend exorbitant amounts of money on extravagant weddings, and focused on the glare and the flare, sometimes, more than focusing on the meaning of marriage. Today, the new normal means that we spend our money modestly on weddings, and focus much more on the souls of the bride and groom merging into one with love.
Up until a few weeks ago, normal meant that we would invest so much time and resources in socializing and networking, running away from our sense of loneliness. Today, the new normal means that we have come to learn how to embrace our solitude, and find in it, a healthy balance between mind, body, and soul.
Thinking about it, I much prefer the new COVID-19 normal, as I am certain you do too. After all, it has, in some bizarre way, opened our eyes to the infinite treasures that lie within us and in front of us, that we may have been too numb to notice until now.
My only hope is that we will be wise and courageous enough to retain the new normal, today, and forever, especially when God will finally heed our prayers and eradicate this pandemic from our world.
May it happen speedily. Amen.
About the Author
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche is the founding Rabbi of Congregation Beth Tefillah in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he resides with his wife, Esther, and nine children. He is a respected rabbinic figure, a renowned lecturer, and a prominent author of many essays on the Jewish faith, mysticism, and social-criticism. Besides his academic pedigree, Rabbi Allouche is richly-cultural, having lived in France, where he was born, South Africa and Israel. He is also fluent in English, Hebrew, French and Italian. Rabbi Allouche is a member of AIPAC's National Council, and a member of the Vaad Harabanim, the Orthodox Rabbinic Council of Arizona. Rabbi Allouche's wise, profound, and sensitive perspective on the world and its people, on life and living, is highly regarded and sought-after by communities and individuals of all backgrounds. Rabbi Allouche is also tremendously involved in the Jewish community of Greater Phoenix, and he teaches middle-school Judaics at the local Jewish Day School. Rabbi Allouche is also a blogger for many online publications including the Huffington Post, and The Times of Israel. Rabbi Allouche was listed in the Jewish Daily Forward as one of America's 36 Most Inspiring Rabbis, who are "shaping 21st Century Judaism." Rabbi Allouche can be reached at: Rabbi@BethTefillahAZ.org
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