What does the modern, democratic, and relatively religious state of Israel have in common with Communist China? Well, for one thing, a shared sense of our humanity and human frailty.
It doesn’t take much imagination to look at a disease wreaking havoc in major centers to feel empathy for those enduring the fear and the disruptions associated with it.
And so, in the midst of a world that seems so hellbent on tearing itself apart, we see the occasional glimpse of hope:
Nearly 1,000 people gathered Sunday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, one of the holiest places in Judaism, to pray for China.
“The Western Wall is a prayer site for Jews and non-Jews. We pray that China will overcome the Coronavirus and that it will not spread in China or elsewhere around the world,” the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, said in a statement.
…The mass prayer was organized by Shmuel Eliyahu, head of the Community Rabbinical Association and Chief Rabbi of Safed. The Orthodox Union, an American network of Orthodox synagogues cosponsored the prayer.
“One-fifth of the world’s inhabitants experience great anxiety. About each and every one of them it was said: ‘Beloved is man for he was created in the image [of God]’ (Mishna Avot, 3:14),” Eliyahu wrote in a press release.
“We are called upon to pray for the people of China,” Rabbi Eliyahu continued. “We are called upon to pray for all the sick in the other countries as well. Pray for the world.” — Source: CBN
With all the chaos going on over there right now, they could use any advantage they can get.