"Coronavirus is now officially a global pandemic. Suddenly we find ourselves smitten by a plague of biblical severity.
"Passover asks us to remember the 10 plagues which God sent against the Egyptians. With the help of the Bible we know the purpose behind these afflictions of a people. God had a plan. Egyptian suffering had meaning. What makes our contemporary anguish so particularly unbearable is its seeming incomprehensibility.
"In the age of the prophets there
would’ve been an effort to discern
some divine message in this global
tragedy. But today we somehow assume
that scientific knowledge precludes
the possibility for including God as
part of the management of the
universe. After all who can argue
with Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch
who, in the latter half of the 19th
century, proved the germ theory of
disease – that pathogens too small
to see without magnification are the
true cause of illness. Germs are the
villains and viruses are the sole
reasons for the presence of diseases
which determine whether we live or
"... Doesn’t belief in God demand that we merge the germ theory of disease with the conviction of faith in a supreme being who actually decides where, when and how far viruses spread?"
|"... Maimonides long ago made clear that it is our obligation to ensure our good health. We can’t simply rely on God; God has made us his partners in our quest for longevity. Hygiene is a mitzvah; it's an obligation. Taking care of our bodies is a spiritual requirement akin to protecting our souls. When we are directed by doctors to wash our hands we are required to do so by Torah law.|