A Letter from Rabbi Eric

Friday, May 8, 2020

My Dear friends,

The outbreak of the Coronavirus has been stressful for us all. It is asking us to do something quite out of character. It is separating us from the very people who in other times of stress are there to help us through – our family, our friends, our neighbors, our community.

Instead we are locked away from them in our homes, sometimes alone, often lonely and fearful, relying on telephone calls and Zoom meetings for a chance to speak to or see the people we love. Unsure when — or, in our most vulnerable moments, even if — we might be able to hug them close again.

And this time it’s not just us. The entire world is experiencing a crisis in a proportion that hasn’t been seen since the Second World War. There are so many people suffering, so many jobs lost, so many ill, so many people parted from loved ones.

And the worst part is, we have no idea when this will end.

Fear and anxiety about the disease has been overwhelming and causing strong emotions in adults and children. How we respond to these emotions is critical to our families and community.

If you have not done so, take a break from watching, reading or listening to the news stories and social media. Take care of your mind, body and spirit. Try some activities that you enjoy and unwind from the daily tensions. Reach out and talk to a love one or friend. Ask how they are feeling and coping.  Don’t isolate yourselves…

In these dark times, positive stories are more important than ever. Share stories of compassion – of people helping each other. Stories of generosity where people and businesses strive to help others in distress.  And finally, stories of people working around the clock to develop technologies to protect us.  These are the stories we tell. These are the stories that give us all hope, the stories that will help us be resilient. 

We receive many blessings throughout our lives. In the Book of Proverbs, Sefer Devarim (11:10-12), the Torah describes how the Promised Land is different from Egypt. In Egypt, one could water his crops from the Nile by using his foot to easily direct water to his fields, but in the Land of Israel, the eyes of God are on the land. It is only through God’s blessings, as our verse says, that the land enriches and provides its fruits. 

Today, we have endured a lack of resources and medicines and through technological breakthroughs in testing, we are hopeful that through the combined efforts of so many frontline responders and scientists, a vaccine preventing the spread of Coronavirus will be found. 

Nevertheless, we must always remember that even with great technology and innovation, “it is the blessing of God that enriches.”

We are all in this together and the KCVC Community stands strong and united. 

We are here for you all. 

I wish you health and strength and resiliency.

Together we are going to get through this, and we will celebrate together.

In Peace,

Rabbi Eric