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Friday, May 15 7:51 pm
Shabbat, May 16 9:00 pm

Dear Alicia,

Here is an article I received from a colleague. Enjoy!

I created a cure for Coronavirus.

A few weeks ago I responded to a drive to get tested for the virus antibodies to be able to donate Plasma. I was positive for Covid 19, although, thankfully, I had extremely mild symptoms), and this week I had the incredible opportunity to donate Plasma that will hopefully help patients struggling with COVID-19 to recover.
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It's almost surreal. An hour of my time sitting effortlessly in a chair will hopefully grant multiple people decades of life. Without any conscious effort on my part, my body had produced the complex antibodies that are potentially able to fight off the deadly virus.

There were a lot of thoughts swimming through my mind as I sat hooked up to a centrifuge that extracted the serum from my blood: The irony that the virus itself had initiated the healing process; the complexity of the human body that we are still unpacking; the incredible contribution of science that allows us to harness this healing.

But one thing struck me in particular. Why did I have sufficient antibodies to make my plasma useful while many others didn't? Why was I so lucky to fight the virus without being harmed by it while other people suffered so much? Some people might want to call it luck or chance, but to me, it is clear that G‑d is in control; there is a Higher power who runs the world. For some reason, He selected me, and the thousands of other plasma donors, as a tool for His healing.

We don't - and can't - know or explain G‑d's ways. We will never know why He allows so much death and pain to push their way into our lives and why some people have been spared this agony. But we can appreciate that nothing is by chance. And we can pray to G‑d to bring healing. We can dig deep into our faith to find positivity during this challenging time.

In the Haftorah for this week, we read the powerful words of Jeremiah about the healing power of faith (Jeremiah 16 and 17): Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord; the Lord shall be his trust... Heal me, O Lord, then shall I be healed; help me, then I shall be helped, for You are my praise!

We have to make every effort we can to fight and find a cure for the virus. We salute the healthcare workers and medical teams that are tackling the virus on the front lines at the hospitals and behind the scenes in the labs. They are doing such amazing and important work. At the same time, we have to pray to G‑d that their herculean efforts are met with success. We should continue to support our healthcare workers materially and emotionally, and also give them spiritual support through our faith and prayers.

I hope and pray that we find a sustainable cure very soon and everyone who needs it will find healing and we will very soon witness the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy that at the end of days all of the sick will be healed and (Isaiah 25:8): "Death shall be swallowed up forever and G‑d shall wipe the tears from every face."
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I invite you to harness the power of prayer and join me and the international Jewish community on Sunday at 12pm for Pause4Prayer; a half-hour of prayer, charity, and absolute unity, featuring guest speakers and cantors. To join, go to chabadoncall.com/pause4prayer.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Mendel Shmotkin


Pre-Shabbos Community Get-Together

Join us at 4p today and be inspired as we head into Shabbos. Join Rabbi Mendel live for a pre Shabbos community get together. https://www.learn-chabadwi.org/courses/cltc-friday-gathering

Kiddush
This weeks kiddush was going to be sponsored by Vadim & Jackie Guervitch in honor of their 12th wedding Anniversary.  Mazal Tov!  Let's all raise a l'chaim in their honor.

Do you have a COVID-19, food safety related question for your local health experts or for a Chabad expert?

Submit your questions here and join us on Thursday, May 21st for a panel discussion with North Shore Health Department and Rabbi Mendel Shmotkin  on the topic of Food Safetywww.learn-chabadwi.org/covid19questions

We will be answering your questions from both a health perspective and from a Jewish perspective. 

All questions must be submitted by Tuesday, May 19th at 11:00 AM

How to Daven
Unsure of the how, what, when or where of daveneing while you are home alone on Shabbat? Click Here for the 10 Commandments for davening alone on Shabbat.


Lubavitch Jewish Academy
This site brings learning from Chabad Lubavitch of Wisconsin institutions throughout the state to one central access location. This online learning site hosts 30+ courses and classes for you to choose from (with more yet to come). Find courses on topics such as Jewish History, Kaballah & Mysticism, Law & Ethics, Living Torah, and Living with the times. Whatever your interests, there is something for everyone! Visit www.learn-chabadwi.org to view all the available courses.


Positivity Bias

Lunch & Learn virtually with Rabbi Mendel Shmotkin, weekly on Tuesday's at 12:00 PM

Chabad CARE's - Community Assistance and Relief Efforts -COVID 19 Help
Lubavitch of Wisconsin is taking protective measures to provide our community with support. We will be available to deliver food and supplies and make welfare checks for those in need. If you or someone you know is in need of help, please fill out this form to get help, if you would like to volunteer to help, click here.

 

 
IN THIS WEEK'S TORAH PORTION:

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

On the mountain of Sinai, G‑d communicates to Moses the laws of the  Sabbatical year: every seventh year, all  work on the land should cease, and its produce becomes free for the taking for all,  man and beast.

Seven Sabbatical cycles are followed by a  fiftieth year—the Jubilee year, on which work on the land ceases, all indentured servants are set free, and all  ancestral estates in the Holy Land that have been sold revert to their original owners. Additional laws governing the sale of lands, and the prohibitions against  fraud and  usury, are also given.

G‑d promises that if the people of Israel will keep His commandments, they will enjoy  material prosperity and dwell secure in their homeland. But He also delivers a harsh “ rebuke,” warning of the  exile, persecution and other evils that will befall them if they abandon their covenant with Him. Nevertheless, “Even when they are in the land of their enemies,  I will not cast them away; nor will I ever abhor them, to destroy them and to break My covenant with them; for I am the L‑rd  their G‑d.”

The Parshah concludes with the rules on how to calculate the  values of different types of pledges made to G‑d.

 

 
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