“Place guards at all of your personal entryways!” Commands the Torah in Deuteronomy. Don’t let anything into your sacred space, mind and heart without questioning it.
One of the challenges with the coronavirus is that it is invisible. It is harder for person to be disciplined to protect against something that they do not see. So too the insidious effects of those influences that we take in from another’s breath and words impact us very deeply even though the onslaught seems subtle and innocuous.
Before allowing another’s thoughts and words to into your space pause, just pause. Consider if you are being uplifted by something virtuous or infected by something potentially dangerous.
Mendel (Menachem) Bluming