At this urgent hour, it is essential that we support those in our community who feel lonely, isolated, and in despair, and of course with those who are unable to leave their homes to purchase food or pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy. I am working hard to be in touch with as many congregants as I can, especially seniors, and our wonderful L’man Achai group is doing all it can to support congregants who are isolated at home. Please let us know if you are aware of congregants who need help – you can call Kate at the front office (604.271.6262), or send her (
) or me (
) an email and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.
Praying for health and strength at this difficult time,
P.S. This prayer was composed by one of my distinguished predecessors, Rabbi Martin S. Cohen:
A Prayer in the Time of Plague
Rabbi Martin S. Cohen
Dear God in Heaven, protect our families, our friends, and our neighbors as we negotiate these troubled seas in which we find ourselves afloat. Ever mindful of the fact that we are all Your creatures, we turn to You for guidance and for strength as we pray that the public officials charged with bringing us through this crisis be granted wisdom, intelligence, and insight born of compassion and charity.
And we pray too that the physicians, nurses, and hospital employees who are on the front lines be spared all distress and disease as they care for the stricken, for the elderly, and for the infirm. Most of all, we pray that You look with kindness and generosity on us all, and particularly on those already infected for whose recovery we this day ardently pray, as is written in Your holy Torah, “For I, the Almighty,
am the source of Your healing.” Amen, may such be Your will!