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  • The Cure For the Delta Variant

    From the desk of Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht, Shliach in Norwalk, Connecticut: We need to judge for ourselves whether something is proper and good, or corrosive and injurious, and  to be negated. Is this going to nurture the good within me, or will it feed the potential for evil that lurks  within? Judging alone is not enough, there must be the willpower to enforce our sense of right and wrong • Click to Read

    From the desk of Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht, Shliach in Norwalk, Connecticut:

    Be Your Own Judge 

    Judges and enforcement officers you shall place in all your gateways. (Deuteronomy 16:18)  The Sifsei Kohain (on Torah) says guard the seven gates of your body – your humanity.  

    Mind, Eyes, Mouth, Ears, Nose, Hands, Feet. The seven gateways in which humankind interacts with the  outside world. 

    We need to judge for ourselves whether something is proper and good, or corrosive and injurious, and  to be negated. Is this going to nurture the good within me, or will it feed the potential for evil that lurks  within? 

    Judging alone is not enough, there must be the willpower to enforce our sense of right and wrong.  Defunding police enforcement is not an innovative idea at all.  

    Our judgement must be based on the objective opinion of Torat Chaim –teaching of life –the divinely ordained compass for living called Torah.  

    Adherence to the Torah is what assures that we live a life of Tikkun Olam B’Malchut Sha-dai –correcting  and repairing the World with the sovereignty of G-Ds presence and thus fulfilling our share in  partnership with Al-mighty G-D.  

    The purpose of our existence is to make this world a dwelling place for G-ds presence. (Midrash  Tanchuma)  

    The Delta Variant – An Implied Message 

    At present the DELTA variant is taking up all the oxygen in the room. Wherever we turn mass media is  soaking and marinating us in the fearful COVID 19 resurgence. The DELTA variant is a tricky and highly  contagious option infecting not only the infirm and elderly but also the young and the healthy.  

    The holy Bal Shem Tov (Sefer Keter Shem Tov) tells us that all existence is by the word of G-d.  

    As King David says in Psalms (33:6 – 9) everything that exists – is through His word. The Hebrew letters  are the vessels and agency through which the divine life force creates and sustains all that exists. Should  these letters of Creation be removed by G-D, the consequence would be the end all existence including  the concept of time and place. 

    The 22 Hebrew letters that make up the Aleph Bet (Biblical Hebrew) is the holy tongue as it is the  language of G-d used in the creating of all existence and thus it through these very letters that all of 

    creation derives its vitality and existence. This idea is elaborated upon in the TANYA by Rebbe Schneur  Zalman of Liadi (Shaar Hayichud Vemunah)  

    Delta and Dalet Connecting the Dots 

    The Greek letter DELTA has its origin in the Hebrew alphabet – Dalet. Aleph, Bet, Gimmel, Dalet. Thus,  the name Delta, is associated with the fourth letter of the holy tongue.  

    Delta, in the Arabic language, is the word that describes the rivers-mouth that forms the fertile Nile  Delta, so famous in ancient history, as being the breadbasket of ancient Egypt. 

    The mouth of a river, or delta, allows for the inflow of nutrient rich soil to accumulate in the area that  makes it super fertile for planting crops that sustain humankind.  

    The reader is familiar that the TORAH declares that we must guard ourselves from mimicking the  abominations of Egypt, and the immorality that festered there. We dare not condone the sexual  impropriety practiced in Egypt and in the land of Canaan. (Leviticus 18:2)  

    The Torah promises that when we adhere to of G-ds admonitions then “all the sicknesses and maladies  that the Egyptians were visited upon will not befall you.” (Exodus 15:26) 

    It should give us pause to realize that the DELTA variant broke out in June of this year. 

    Healing Through Kindness & Teshuvah 

    Let us now return to the Hebrew letters and see how they are also moral indicators for humanity to  emulate.  

    There was an instructor of young children who taught them the letters of the Aleph Bet. He said to the  sages in the study hall. Permit me to share with you the meaning of the Hebrew letters. He exclaimed:  

    Aleph Bet, this is an acrostic for “Aleph- Bina” that translates as – I will teach you discernment 

    Gimmel – Dalet this is an acrostic for “Ge’mol –Dalim” that translates as pursue gemilat chassadim acts  of loving kindness with the dalim – the poor and impoverished. 

    This teacher continued: Why does the letter Gimmel have two protrusions – (two legs) so that it runs  after the Dalet – for so it is with people who are kind, they pursue and run after the poor (dalim) to do  with them an act of loving kindness. He continued: And why is the letter Dalet – (the shape of the Dalet)  its back, ever slightly inclined towards the letter Gimmel, it is so, that that the one doing the act of  kindness will not have to trouble himself to find the poor person. And why is it, that the letter Dalet its  back is facing away from the letter Gimmel? to teach that the wealthy person is to perform the act of  kindness in a manner that is circumspect, without the recipient placed to embarrassment. (Talmud Shabbat 104.) 

    Yes – Tzedakah and Kindness is the Solution 

    By placing Judges and enforcement officers over ourselves – following the Torah and staying away from  Egypt’s abominations we are protected and are assured success in all that we do. By increasing in all acts  of loving kindness we will bring about much more than “herd-immunity” but a world of healing.  

    The word ELUL is comprised of four letters being an acrostic for Ani Ledodi Vdodi Li – I am to My  Beloved and My Beloved is to me  

    The transcendent name of G-d is also of four letters. 

    The fourth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet is DALET as mentioned, the source for the word DELTA.  

    The key to transform the Delta variant is through the increase of Torah observance & charitable deeds,  namely: 

    1)Torah study 2) Prayer 3) Acts of loving kindness and 4) Teshuvah – a return to Hashem and His Torah  

    Doing so, all of Israel is inscribed in the Book of Life for health & wealth both spiritual and material. The  great promise of MOSHIACH who will judge and discern, right from wrong, not through appearances  alone, but through the powerful and discerning sense of smell. (Isaiah 11:3) 

    The DELTA and Covid 19 malady that enters through the nasal passage to infect the lungs will be  stopped in its tracks. Totally obliterated!  

    The era of MOSHIACH, will herald the end of all exile, quarantine, and isolation. World peace and the  restoration of our holy Beit Hamikdosh, in the holy city of Jerusalem will be the redemption complete.  

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