Some have said that we are living through a historic event of so-called “biblical proportions.” Yes, it is as a plague that precludes our being with some of the people with whom we share life. It is a plague when people become fearful of one another, and when a grandfather cannot come close to his grandchildren to hug and kiss them. A real plague, that the “new normal” precludes the close human contact that we all want and need.
But for those of us who are with our spouses and our children, might it not be that this pandemic has taught us that we really do have “enough”of what matters most in life, even with the limitations that we continue to endure? And something more: Perhaps this has been a time when we have paused from the relentless quest for more and bigger and better so that we might focus more upon all that we have that enriches our lives.
And so for all of us, may we continue to be blessed with strength and patience. For those of us who are with some of the people we love, may we be able to feel and say that “we have enough.” And for all of us who are missing the human contact–the hugs, the kisses—let us find strength in the faith that we will surely know a better time when the human spirit will have triumphed over this temporary condition.
May our homes be as sacred sanctuaries; the setting where we learn and live those values that enable us to endure and overcome such a time of both trial and hope.
I wish you and your loved ones a Sabbath of peace and tranquility. I hope that you will join us for our streamed Shabbat service at 7:30pm.