- Coronavirus is a test of faith.
- People are losing patience with the advice of the Ministry of Health.
- There is a way for everyone to find a spiritual answer.
Coronavirus inflicts both physical and emotional suffering. Many people’s lives are in danger as the coronavirus spreads. The young people will survive but their mothers, fathers, and grandparents are in danger. The whole world is infected by the virus and there is no place completely clean. The Minister of Health has advised for people to enter quarantine when there is the threat of infection.
The world economy is in a crisis. Everyone is suffering together until the plague leaves the earth or is in human control. Everyone has the feeling of helplessness. No one can give yet an answer. More than the physical damage the virus has done to the economy and the health of thousands of those infected, it is penetrating mankind emotionally and people are nervous. The drug companies are making millions selling tranquilizers. The companies selling alcoholic beverages have increased sales of whiskies to calm the public. There is another solution to calm the fear of death and to give people hope which is belief in the afterlife and prayer.
When times are better there is less demand for a spiritual solution to the sufferings of life. There is always the potential of danger through sickness, auto accidents, homicide, including other types of suffering in life which are not always fatal but causes emotional distress such as divorce, business failures, etc.
It is never too late to find a spiritual answer. There is always a clergyman who is available to give spiritual help. For Jews there is the Rabbi of the community. Each religion Christianity, Protestant, Buddhist, Islam has advice for those who are living in distress. There are atheists in the world who refuse to believe in God. Maybe they believe in evolution. They deny the truth of the Bible. They will not release their pride to humble themselves before a clergyman. They might even oppose God and religion. For these people there is only one world, one life, and no other existence than nature. They may be good people, humanitarian but they live in spiritual darkness.
Agnostics and people who have rebelled in their life against religion still have left within them a fragment of faith which may awaken in them the need for a spiritual strengthening in times of crisis like today the coronavirus dilemma. People have reasons why they have rejected religion. Religion requires a full commitment which people are not willing to give. People today love freedom and are not willing to give up their freedom to adopt Orthodox religion. Orthodox religion requires rejection of freedom and acceptance of their law including the statutes within the law. Jews who have assimilated face the difficulty of acceptance of orthodox religion more than any other peoples. Judaism requires the greatest commitment. Studying Judaism for the assimilated Jew reveals every day more the difficulty of complete acceptance of the whole of Jewish law. The Jewish people have chosen to separate themselves from the rest of the world through Judaism their own private religion.
Reformed and conservative Judaism have watered down the obligations of the Jew written in the Torah. In watering down these obligation the essential faith of Judaism is weakened. At the same time the faith in God is weakened because in Judaism God and the Torah cannot be separated. Each Orthodox religion will also demand full acceptance if not in the beginning later in the future. Each Orthodox religion claims to be the only way. They claim that to reach the afterlife is required full acceptance of Jesus or the Koran. Judaism requires full acceptance of the 613 commandments of the Torah which include rejection of freedom when will come their king the Messiah.
People today under the pressures of coronavirus may want to make their connection with God but they cannot find a way other than Orthodox faith. The way of the Lubavitcher Rebbe representing Orthodox Judaism in the way of Chassidism has representatives who encourage Jews to join Judaism even without making the full commitment required by other Orthodox Jewish groups and which is required of converts. For converts it may be more difficult to enter Judaism than those that are already born Jews. Most born Jews have been circumcised after eight days from birth. They may have studied in a Hebrew school until the age of 13 when they become Bar Mitzva obligated in practice of the whole religion 613 commandments. Most assimilated Jews reject their Jewish obligation at the age of 13. Jews usually need to be born into Orthodox Judaism from birth to continue practice of the obligation of their religion. Being a Jew in the diaspora creates a conflict between Jew and gentile, Jew and Christian, Jew and Muslim. Judaism prays to return to their land to become a sovereign Orthodox nation to escape from these conflicts. Orthodox Judaism cannot compromise on their values which is one of the reasons which is interfering with the State of Israel a democracy from making a government.
People need God today when they are becoming emotionally broken from Coronavirus pressures. They can’t wait anymore. The Rabbi or clergyman receives these people and invites them “Come and learn with us.” Some people accept their offer for now but later reject the teaching of their religion returning to the place where they were before this crisis but with more knowledge of their religion. They still cannot be Orthodox. Orthodox Judaism will not change its law to cater to the public. Pope Francis is having difficulty from Pope Benedict trying to extend Christianity to the modern world. The Lubavitcher Rebbe tries to bring Judaism to assimilated Jews but even amongst his followers there are differences of opinion regarding the Messiah Now or the Messiah who will come in the future. About the past the history of the Jewish people they all agree that the Torah was given to them by Moses at Mount Sinai.
People that want today to connect to God and have lost their patience with Orthodox religion and with the Ministry of Health who still have not been answer the dilemma of Coronavirus have an answer in Progressive Jewish Spirituality. The conflicts between the three religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam make it difficult to reject one and chose another. To reject them altogether means to be an atheist which they don’t want. Progressive Jewish Spirituality connects with the resurrection of Moses the prophet. Jews and all people can connect to God through the resurrection of Moses. Moses the first prophet made a place in his Torah for other prophets which would come after him such as Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Krishna. In the Torah is revealed the difference between religion and faith which is the difference between the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Knowledge. The Tree of Knowledge is the source of religion. The Tree of Life is the source of faith without religion. Both are necessary the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge for building a good and healthy righteous life.
The concept of uniting all faiths was introduced by the prophet of Baha”i faith. The prophet of Baha”i lived in the Ottoman Empire and was imprisoned because he was called a rebel to Islam. Progressive Jewish Spirituality and ‘”Baha”i faith have their source in the Torah. This way is especially good for those that are not willing to give up their freedom for religion because in it is included freedom which is not found in Orthodox religion. Prayer remains the most important connection to God especially prayer in your own words as was taught by the saint Rabbi Nachman of Breslov grandson of the Baal Shem Tov the founder of Chassidism.
There is a way for everyone. Progressive Jewish Spirituality connects to God through the two Messiahs, the Messiah of the tree of life the messiah of freedom and faith; and the Messiah of the Tree of Knowledge who for Jews is the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The total and complete answer is for the world to receive the two Messiahs to find God in faith and religion, God will be one in the whole earth revealed in the hearts of all men and in health, happiness and peace between all of humanity.