By Shmuly Goldman
We are the Am Chochom V’novon, we are the people of the book, of knowledge, deep learning and understanding.
We are yirei shomaim and have kabolas ohl malchus shomaim.
We are bnei torah, our guide to everything in life.
We are ballei derech eretz. Respect for others. Respect for rabbonim, rosh yeshivos and authority.
We are ballei chesed. Showing kindness, helping others.
We are makir tova. We show our appreciation and thanks for those who help us. Those who help the community.
We are Chassidim. Chabad Chassidim. We follow the Rebbe’s guidance in everything.
It’s therefore so perplexing that when it comes to Covid:
We are the ones making decisions and spreading information based on some whatsapp or other social media message, unresearched and unverified.
We are not interested in daas torah.
Suddenly, we know better.
We have no interest in what rabbonim say. What do they know? We have no interest in what doctors say. What do they know? Everyone is wrong except for that one reliable authority: “they say”
We are ready to attack and vilify those who disagree with us.
We denigrate those medical professionals who are moser nefesh for us every day, 365 days a year. Those doctors whom we are ready to call in the middle of the night when a loved one is sick, or hospitalized. Those doctors whom we trust with life and death decisions, literally!
Those doctors are being called incompetent, liars, corrupt and worse.
We ignore the Rebbe’s clear guidance on medical matters of “K’atzas rofe yedid”.
There are long term implications of this behavior. Covid is not the only thing that may have long term effects. We are breaking the trusting relationship with our doctors. Who will be a rofe yedid if he or she feels disrespected and distrusted? Once we lose that, how can it be restored?
We need to express our hakoras hatov to our doctors and other medical professionals, who carry tremendous responsibility on their shoulders. When we call and ask “should we operate?”, “should we take this medication or that?”. They take the responsibility. They treat us to the best of their ability. We trust them to make the best decisions for our health and the health of our loved ones. And they do!
So, I urge all of us to reach out to our doctors and say THANK YOU!
I for one want to personally thank Dr. Eli Rosen who has been a rofe yedid to me and my family for over 30 years. He has seen us through births, health, illness, aging and unfortunately passing. Through it all one thing has always been an unequivocal, rock solid truth, he cares about us. Hashem gave him the power to heal and he is a very fine vessel for that brocho. We have trusted Elie literally with our lives many times and we will continue to trust him totally IYH for many years to come. And I know that this is true for hundreds and perhaps thousands of families.
So please let’s not be afraid to raise our voices in thanks to our doctors.
Doctors, we thank you and we trust you.
May Hashem continue to bless you with the power to heal those who need it. To have the strength to persevere day after day. To not get broken by seeing all the pain in this world. And may you be in the front of the line to celebrate that day when “The eyes of the blind shall be clearsighted, and the ears of the deaf shall be opened… the lame shall leap as a hart and the tongue of the dumb shall sing…”, may it be speedily in our days.