The Coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world and brought humanity to its knees. It is not an exaggeration to say we are at war. It seems as if the forces opposed to holiness in the world have torn our lives apart, and torn us from each other. Our shuls, schools, and yeshivos have been shuttered. Celebrations that were once the lifeblood of the Jewish community--weddings, Bar and Bas Mitzvos, communal gatherings--have been reduced to online interactions that are a pale imitation of the warmth of human touch. Funerals are being conducted with a minyan, and the mourners mourn alone. This is not the way G-d meant for life to be lived.
In the times of the Baal Shem Tov a terrible disease swept through his town of Mezibush. Men, women and children were falling ill to the epidemic.
Out of desperation, the community leaders turned to the Baal Shem Tov and asked him to daven that the plague be banished from their midst.
The Baal Shem Tov responded that the annulment of the decree was in their hands. Only by uniting together in the creation of a new Torah scroll, he explained, would the town be spared. Those who still had their health sprang into action and began raising the funds to commission a new Torah. The Baal Shemtov instructed his personal Sofer (ritual scribe) to begin writing this Torah. Miraculously, as the Torah was written, the community began to heal. This scroll became known as the “Miracle Sefer Torah.”
We find ourselves in identical times. The virus that has halted the world has inflicted disproportionate pain on the Jewish community. To combat the epidemic, we are taking inspiration from the Baal Shem Tov’s direction, and a worldwide Sefer Torah is currently being written. You have the opportunity to take part. Rabbanim Roshie Yeshivos, and Gedolim have encouraged everyone to join in this initiative.
The funds will go directly to cover the costs of the Sefer Torah. Any extra funds will be donated to Hatzala who work tirelessly and selflessly on behalf of our communities, every single day.
The Jewish community is reeling and many of our family members and neighbors are in need of a Refua Shelaima from COVID - 19.
The situation is dire. We must spring to action. Buy your letter now!
Let us join together to storm the heavens and eradicate this virus from our midst!