According to reports, since the outbreak of the coronavirus began, more than 71,000 people have been infected worldwide.
While the World Health Organization (WHO) officially renamed the disease “COVID-19”, and scientists will continue to study; The Israeli people have come to prayer to ask God for the nation of China.
The Western Wall was the meeting place where almost 1,000 people gathered last Sunday for the Asian country; which is going through a terrible situation.
“The Western Wall is a prayer site for Jews and non-Jews. We pray that China will overcome the Coronavirus and that it will not spread in China or elsewhere around the world,” Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall said in a statement.
Approximately 1,700 people have died from the disease whose origin started in the Asian continent.
Hundreds of people along with dozens of Chinese citizens gathered in this place so sacred to the Jews, with the purpose of asking God to eliminate the disease, despite the heavy rains.
Those who attended the call prayed in Hebrew and Mandarin. In the place, One large sign read, “The people of Israel pray for China.”
The blessing song to God in dangerous times
Registered information states that the shofar was also touched during the event. This is a symbolic act that is usually done to ask God for mercy.
Shmuel Eliyahu, head of the Community Rabbinical Association and Chief Rabbi of Safed was the main organizer of the mass prayer.
“We are called upon to pray for the people of China,” Rabbi Eliyahu said in a press release. “We are called upon to pray for all the sick in the other countries as well. Pray for the world.”
The rabbi emphasized that in times of danger, the Israeli people are instructed to sing a hymn of blessing to the Lord.
“There is a tradition held by the people of Israel, that one blessing draws another. And when there was an epidemic in the nation of Israel, King David taught us to thank and bless every favor we receive from God, and so the plague stopped (2 Samuel 24). That gift which we received from King David, we want to pass on to the Chinese people.”
Executive Director of the Orthodox Union (OU) in Israel Rabbi Avi Berman headed the mass prayer. He specifically prayed for those doctors fighting the virus.
“There are many doctors and many physicians and many medical experts in the world trying to find a cure for this coronavirus. What we know how to do well is we know how to pray, we know how to talk to God,” said Berman.
“We’re going to pray that the doctors are going to be successful, those that are looking for a cure are going to be successful.”
Israeli antiviral masks are coming to Hong Kong
While doctors and experts in China fight to prevent the spread of the disease; Antiviral facial masks created in Israel are on their way to the Asian country.
Argaman Technologies LTD has claimed that their masks are more than just shields, as they can kill up to 99 percent of viruses, including the coronavirus.
The company says the masks are much more effective than standard quality ones, and they are on their way to Hong Kong, where they can save lives.