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Looking at a written Sefer Torah, there are intentional spaces and gaps that are left in specific places between key events and various laws. Our sages tell us, that these gaps are intended for us to pause, to think, to consider carefully the impact and implications for us of what we have read.

“An opportunity now presents itself to take stock, consider our priorities and look to blend some of the thoughts that have emerged into our post Coronavirus lives.”

Prior to our “lock down” we were all moving at a frenetic pace, often failing to savour the moment or absorb an experience into our consciousness.

Whilst some are undoubtedly sadly dealing with stressful situations caused by this situation, many others now find they have more time to find these “spaces in-between” and an opportunity now presents itself to take stock, consider our priorities and look to blend some of the thoughts that have emerged into our post Coronavirus lives.

This pandemic is teaching us about the fragility and sacredness of every life and the importance for us to value and treasure every G-d given second that we are blessed with. It is natural to always seek positives from the most challenging of situations, and having some space to pause, reflect and appreciate is one positive that I for one will attempt to hold on to when life returns to a more normal reality.

Published by Rabbi Piny Hackenbroch

Rabbi Piny Hackenbroch is currently the Senior Rabbi in Woodside Park Synagogue – a modern orthodox thriving community of some 1,400 members. His innate love for people and his empowering brand of leadership make him a well-loved figure in Woodside Park & London.

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