Ending the coronavirus is top of God’s to-do list

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Ending the coronavirus is top of God’s to-do list

The Covid-19 pandemic has generated a flurry of letters to the Almighty

Gwen Ackerman

“Dear God, please end the coronavirus pandemic,” wrote a boy from Germany. “And please, make my parents buy me a new iPhone and JBL speaker.” 

Covid-19 may have caused tourism to the Holy Land to grind to a stop, but three times the average number of letters sent to God from around the world landed in Israel’s post office over the past 12 months. Many begged for Covid-19 to be brought under control, while others asked for repentance and — perhaps as the result of virus-related lockdowns — requested that new friends come into their lives, according to a statement from the post office.

On August 30, the rabbi of the Western Wall will slip each of those notes — some of them humorous, others desperate appeals — into cracks between the stones of the remnant of the biblical Jewish temple. The insertion of the notes is a Jewish ritual, and has taken on a greater significance at the post office now that tourists can’t make the trip themselves. ..

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