Above all, the Jews are survivors. Jews have survived the Expulsion from Spain, the Spanish Inquisition and the Holocaust. At times it seems like all history has conspired to cleanse the earth of the Jewish people. But our glory is that we have survived even the worst darkness of history. The Torah describes the Jews as “The Prisoners of Hope.” We will survive COVID-19 and by next year each one of us will be able to say, “Next Year in Jerusalem!”
Rabbi Steven Lebow is the senior rabbi of Temple Kol Emeth.