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Message to the Community - Re Coronavirus

Friday, 13 March, 2020 - 2:00 pm

Dear Friends,

We'd like to share some information and thoughts in light of the current coronavirus situation. Firstly, we'd like to wish everyone, stay safe and healthy! 

Please remember to call and check in on people who might be living alone and in need of assistance.

We will not be holding services this Shabbat. This is in accordance with professional guidance to help minimize community spread. As of now, this is for this week only, we will reassess as we go along.

G-d Willing, we plan to offer live video classes during the week.

On a spiritual note:

The physical and spiritual are interconnected. Everything comes from above. While we need to take all necessary steps to physically protect ourselves and our community, we do well to also strengthen ourselves spiritually.

Some suggestions:

  • Daily prayer & recitation of Tehillim (Psalms)
  • Increased Tzedaka and acts of kindness
  • Torah study
  • Each in our own way take steps to strengthen Mitzvot like Shabbat, Kosher, Tefillin and Mezuzah.

Finally, if there's any support or assistance you need, physically, emotionally or spiritually, please don't hesitate to contact us.

May this worldwide challenge pass as best as possible, and may we speedily usher in the era of Geulah/Redemption for all mankind!

Rabbi Yitzchok & Malky Schmukler
Chabad of the Bay Area
rabbi@jbayarea.org / 281-724-1554

 PS Some additional points:

  • Specific Psalms might recommend: 23, 91 & 121. You may also join in the reading of daily Psalms as it is divided by the days of the month.
  • Re Mezuzah scrolls and Tefillin, it is important to ensure that they are in kosher condition, for even if they were properly written by hand by an expert scribe, they can deteriorate over time and from weather conditions. Judaism teaches that having Kosher Mezuzot properly placed on one's home offers a special protection.
  • The Rebbe encouraged very Jew to acquire a letter in a Torah scroll written specifically for them. This too brings special blessing, especially in spiritually uniting all Jews through Torah. To do so, for children (under Bar/Bat Mitzvah): jbayarea.org/333008 or for adults: jbayarea.org/409282 
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