I share with you something I wrote this week on social media in relation to the Coronarus.

” #1 – Seeing all the empty shelves and panic around the country is certainly quite alarming. There is so much uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and people are taking precaution to ensure they have enough for their families if things take a turn for the worse.

There are also many recommendations being shared to ensure better hygiene and taking steps to prevent the spreading germs and viruses. I believe this is important and we need to adhere to this advice.

There is, however, something that all this has raised in my mind. Seeing the frenzy of shopping for supplies and stockpiling due to the fear of this virus has made me think about our spiritual stockpiling.

If our body is secondary and soul primary, if our time in this world temporary and the next infinite and if the currency for the soul and ‘world to come’ being good deeds, doing Mitzvot, studying Torah and being kind to others, are we stockpiling these attributes? Are we rushing around making sure we have enough of these piled up in our “pantries”?

I think if we truly reflected on this we might not rush as fast to Coles for toilet paper but probably rush out to do a kindness for another …”

” # 2

It’s interesting to note the stark difference between the incredible generosity seen during the bushfires with people emptying their pantries to help others. The huge outpouring of goods and supplies for those in need was tremendous.

Now, unfortunately, many are carelessly and perhaps selfishly stockpiling without considering how it might effect others. Already hearing on the radio today how people who are struggling financially are being impacted because the shelves are empty with basic supplies they need.

Kindness and caring shouldn’t only at be at times when it’s convenient or when it doesn’t come with some personal sacrifice.

Perhaps it’s best to reflect on the famous teaching of Hillel: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I?

Sure we need to look after ourselves but the minute it’s only about me, then what have I become?”

Wishing you a beautiful Shabbat and weekend ahead!

Rabbi Daniel & Rebbetzin Sarah Rabin

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