This week we went into lockdown again. Coincidentally, I was scheduled for my first COVID vaccine shot. I knew as I went to the city to get the injection that this was a different medicine;. While I have always gotten my vaccines on time, this is the first time that I've been excited to do so. This is the first time that I have felt what a privilege it is to be able to perform this life saving act so easily. As a people, we believe that our individual actions affect those around us and can make an absolutely enormous difference.
This week we were meant to read Parshat Beha'alotcha. The Parsha tells the story of how the Jews began to truly move as a nation, as one united group. It tells the story of our blessings, and of our first journeys in the desert.
In our day, we are no longer travelling for years. However, we are still moving together. Nothing makes this clearer than COVID-19. With this disease we were all confronted not just with our own mortality, but with the enormous impact that our actions can have on the lives of others, with potentially small and innocuous things putting our friends, relatives, and loved ones in danger. However, with the vaccine, we turn this dynamic on its head. We as a group can now take control as a group and move together in a different, better direction. Let's do it!