(Tea Party 247) – On Sunday, hundreds of worshipers gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to pray for an end to the outbreak fo the coronavirus and for those who are currently battling the deadly illness.
Chief Rabbi of Safed and president of the Rabbinical Community Association, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, and the Israeli branch of the Orthodox Union, the U.S.’ largest Orthodox Jewish organization led the event, according to Breitbart.
In addition to reading Pslams, reciting prayers, and signing, worshippers danced around an installation inscribed with the words “The People of Israel pray for the sake of China” in Hebrew and Chinese” in the men’s section of the site believed to be the remnants of the Second Temple in the Holy City.
“Millions and millions of people are going through tremendous suffering in China and outside China,” Rabbi Avi Berman, the executive director of the Israeli branch of the Orthodox Union, said to the Jerusalem Post.
“As Jews, we believe that God has the power to send healing. We are not doctors, but we can pray.”
Several Chinese officials also attended the ceremony, interestingly.
“The Chinese Embassy in Israel would like to extend its sincere appreciation for the sympathy, support and solidarity expressed by the Jewish people. We will never forget it,” the embassy said.
Berman also pointed to the subsequent issues their nation faces as the economy grinds to a standstill and major airlines cancel flights.
He praised Beijing for what he believes is the great lengths they have gone through to prevent further spread of the virus, which had as of Monday morning cost 1,700 their lives.
Although there’s something to be said for Beijing’s initial failures at addressing the crisis and continued lack of mistrust on the part of some in the West as to whether this was a biological weapon gone array or how trustworthy the communist regime’s reporting on the numbers of those affected are.
Berman, meanwhile, simply had prayers of earnest faith and compassion for those suffering, and they’re beautiful.
“We look at our forefathers and see how when they saw trouble in the world, they prayed to God to take care of it, they prayed for the sick to recover and for the poor to find sustenance. The Chinese people represent one sixth of the world and many are affected also in the United States, in Europe, in Asia,” Berman said.
“We should all worry about what is happening and come together to do something about it. I can tell you that since the end of Shabbat my phone has not stopped for a moment to ring or receive messages from schools, communities or organization wishing to participate or to show their support,” he added.
“Every single person in the world has the ability to pray in their own words. King David, who went through very hard times, composed beautiful prayers that we can use,” Berman said.
Vera Schwarcz, a professor of Chinese history at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University was also in attendance and was heartened to see the turnout.
“I am delighted that so many people came in spite of the weather. I believe in the power of tefillot [prayers],” she said. “I also believe that this is a place of emet, of truth, while the Chinese government has been spreading a lot of misinformation. I think this gathering is also a way to uncover and elevate the truth.”
The event was concluded with a long blast of the shofar.
“In time of need we all come together and with the help of God we hope that the coronavirus will soon be cured. However, it is important to also remember to come together in normal times and not to lose sight of all the good that exists in the world,” Berman said.