We’re talking about a fundamental change in the world. We thought before the coronavirus we had control in our lives, there’s a certain amount that we decide and a certain amount that we don’t decide… At this point, the world is in total turmoil. There is nothing, nothing in our control. There isn’t one sector of our lives that has not been affected directly or indirectly by the coronavirus. 

The message is very, very strong. We tend to get caught up in our lives, our professions, and ourselves. We view things very myopically. We view things in the context of the things we have to do, we want to do, we can do.  And basically, it’s all under our control. At this point, we have an unseen foe; the virus is something we don’t see at all. Suddenly it takes the world and turns it on its face, upside down completely, and we’re no longer in control. The message is clear. Stop for a moment. There is Something above all. There is a Borei Olam Who is in control. 

Click here (or view below) to view this video prepared for Olami educators.


A Message from Rav Sholom Kamenetsky to the Rabbis and Rebbetzins of Olami


Click here (or view below) to view the video prepared for Olami students on the coronavirus and the importance of Shabbos and personal introspection.


Rav Sholom Kamenetsky — A Message on COVID-19 and Shabbos



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