Q. Recently we have heard different viewpoints from our Gedolim and Rabbonim regarding the Heavenly reasons for these difficult covid times. What is Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion?
A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that it is a reflection of the tremendous laxity of morals in our days, especially in relation to parades and similar public displays of indecency, that just openly defy Hashem. Other Rabbonim have expressed different ideas.
After reading what Horav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit’a wrote in an exhorting message and blessing for all of us, one may add. The Rov said: “Everyone must be mechazek (strengthen) to refrain from lashon harah, rechilus, and promote sholom bais. All of us must further strengthen ourselves in the midah of humility and to be maavir al midosav (forgiving). Whoever strengthens himself in these, the merit will protect him and his family members, and not one of them will fall ill.”
After reading the above, I realized that maybe it all has to do with Trump. Not that chas veshalom, he is guilty of all that is happening, as many of his detractors and defamers would have it. It is exactly the opposite. They are the guilty ones. Since we have never seen in our days such a specious, deceptive and malicious widespread campaign, against any world leader as we witnessed during the days just prior to the covid 19 crisis. The monumental size of the lashon harah, rechilus and lies spoken and spread worldwide was truly colossal, as was the show of hate, detest and breakdown of sholom bais in a nation. And all that being dispersed by haughty and arrogant political people without a grain of humbleness or modesty in their souls. On a lighter side, the name “covid” fits well. It is all about “coved” after all.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit’a.