In the current circumstances, as the Coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, we share 10 letters which provide advice and guidance on how to deal with uncertainty and worry. The overriding message is one of trust and faith in G‑d. Yes, take all appropriate measures. However, the most important thing is to recognize that there is a G‑d who actively controls everything in this world. We sincerely hope that soon this episode will be relegated to the chronicles of history and we will merit only revealed blessings!

1. Believe in G‑d and Increase in Torah and Mitzvot

The Rebbe quotes the well-known Midrash which refers to every Jew as ”believers the sons of believers.” Each Jew inherently puts their faith in G‑d. He goes on to encourage the worried individual to strengthen their faith, and to increase one’s observance of Torah and mitzvot. “Everything is in the hands of Heaven, apart from the fear of Heaven.” He concludes by encouraging time to be set for the study of Chassidic thought.

Read: If so, what room is left for worry?

2. Dealing with Doubts and Questions

In response to an individual who had questions of faith, the Rebbe encourages them to seek answers but cautions that one should not allow these doubts to disturb one’s complete faith in G‑d and his Torah. One must be cognizant of a finite being’s limited intellectual capacity. We are only able to comprehend G‑d in a limited fashion.

Read: Are We to Have Blind Faith?

3. The Woman’s Unique Privilege and Responsibility

The Rebbe responds to a young woman who had reported some advancement in her battle with struggles of faith: Every additional effort in your divine conduct will bring additional blessings. You as a Jewish woman have the great privilege and responsibility to be able to affect positive change on the entire trajectory of Jewish history.

Read: How to Get Rid of Your Worries and Fears

4. Recite Psalms and Obey Doctor’s Orders

The Rebbe guides a woman to study a chapter of Psalms, until she is well versed in that chapter. He instructs her to recite it regularly and to give charity on weekday mornings and before candle lighting on Friday evening. The Rebbe advises her to listen to her doctor and to be careful with taking any prescribed medication.

Read: Calm the Nerves With a Chapter of Tehillim

5. Strengthen Yourself and Strengthen Others

The Rebbe urged an unwell individual, who had been hospitalized, to not only increase his own trust and faith in G‑d, but to also inspire others in their faith.

Read: Assisting Others in Bitachon Assists in One’s Healing

6. The Importance of Saying Shema and Checking One’s Mezuzot

To an individual who suffered severe migraines, the Rebbe writes that trust in G‑d is key to a smooth recovery. Many ailments, he explains, originate from a sense of nervousness and anxiety. Among the directives given: he encouraged her to recite the Shema prayer before bed, and to make sure her mezuzot were kosher.

Read: Headaches Caused by Nerves

7. Dependence and Trust in G‑d

“Every Jew, man or woman, should constantly keep in mind that G‑d, Who conducts the world at large, no doubt also conducts the microcosm of each of us... One should depend on Him, trusting that He no doubt leads things in a good direction.”

Read: "Just as He has a say in the big world, He certainly has a say in our personal world."

8. A Healthy Soul for a Healthy Body

The 248 Positive Commandments correspond to man’s 248 bodily organs and the 365 Negative Commandments correspond to a person’s 365 veins. The Rebbe encourages the observance of Mitzvot to ensure a healthy life.

Read: Interdependency of the Spiritual and Physical Aspects of the Jew

9. Learning Chassidut to Strengthen Belief In G‑d

The Rebbe explains why it is crucial to learn Chassidut and how learning will strengthen one’s belief in G‑d.

Read: Learning Chassidut Gives the Ability to Believe

Further reading: What is Chassidut?

10. Be Joyous and Positive

The Rebbe encourages positivity, he stresses that joy itself will be a catalyst to hasten the healing: “Although it would seem that the state of openly revealed joy should be delayed until after you are actually healed, nevertheless, in keeping with the above-mentioned saying, it is reasonable to express this [revealed degree of] joy resulting from your [eventual] healing, although the actual healing has yet to take place. The [joy] itself will be a catalyst to hasten the matter [of your healing].” The letter ends with the famous chassidic saying: “Think positively, and you will see positive results.”

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