Rabbi Avram Mlotek: ‘The Jewish People Have Survived Many a Pandemic’

Voice Notes of Hope is a series of encouraging words from rabbis, just when we need them the most.

It’s a scary time. Many of us are feeling despaired. Many of us are feeling hopeless. And we could all use a boost. So, we asked our favorite rabbis to send us voice notes of hope, reminders that as bad as things feel now, we must not give up. Here’s Rabbi Avram Moltek, an “unorthodox Orthodox rabbi.” 

“When you read the news today oh boy… and doomscroll and think of the election, it’s hard not to give into despair. That feeling is actually really important to feel and feel fully. It means you’re living your life spiritually woke — attune to the moment, listening to your heart, and aware of what’s at stake. And when it does get too heavy, by the way, put down that remote. Look up from the screen. Remember to breathe and remember you’re alive. That’s a miracle, full stop.

The most important thing to remember, though, as we face our fears and sense of paralysis is remembering that terrorists, whoever they may be, actually thrive off of our terror and sense of helplessness. The Jewish people have survived many a pandemic and many a maniacal dictator in the past — to say the least.

So, the stakes are certainly high as heaven but we’ve got to hold onto hope. So lean on me, on your support systems, nourish your spiritual reserves and remember Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav: The whole entire world is a very narrow bridge. The main thing is to recall: have no fear. You got this. Stay sane-itized. Peace.”


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