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We Are All in This Together

We are all in this together! Really?!? I think that’s one of the most overused slogans, and probably one of the most untrue. We may all be living on this planet together, but we are not in this all together. I’m just going to focus on the United States and not address the effects on the rest of the world. In the United States, from what I see right now, we have three predominantly different groups of people.

We are not in this all together!!!

There is one group of people that is actually benefiting from what is happening during this time. They’re not only floating through it, but they’re flying above it. They’re benefiting from the profits made on Wall Street (that rightfully is forward thinking!). They are also benefiting from new technology and innovations, as well as from other medical and societal advancements that will improve our lives in the future. Kol Hakavod.

Then there’s the next group of people. Those are the ones that are struggling, but surviving. Those are the ones that are making it through whatever savings, 401Ks, etc. that they are seeing dwindle away, but they’re just BIDEN their time, waiting to see what’s going to happen. They’re trying to see how much longer they can hold on and survive to get through the remainder of the pandemic. Praying for the vaccine to come and then, maybe, hopefully, we’ll start reverting back to “normal.”

And then group number three. This is the group of people that is the scariest and saddest to me. It is the scariest, because it keeps growing; and the saddest, because many of these people, six months ago, could never have imagined their lives in this situation. They used to be the people able to help out others and now they are waiting on food lines. What troubles me the most is that Hashem has really provided us with enough to sustain the planet, but one of the problems is in the distribution of resources. Until we solve this dilemma, the question needs to be asked, “Are we really in this together?”

Rabbi Sam Frankel
Teaneck
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