However difficult it may be the times we are dealing with, it is wise to be able to keep your face always facing the sun. If you look in the direction of the light, you prevent your mood from contemplating the shadows on the ground that darken our souls. The more news and social networks are filled with bad news, the more we seem driven not only to comment on it, but worse to share it, thus feeding pessimism within ourselves and in others. It is hope instead the feeling that in these situations must always be supported, and yesterday a good message came to us from the streets of Israel where Jewish and Muslim doctors work side by side to fight not only the COVID-19 but also the useless schisms rooted in society.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the lives of doctors and nurses of anyone working in the health sector have not given days off, but in the Holy Land the pause for prayer is a practice that should also inspire and make many Westerners to reflect. In the southern city of Beersheba, during a shift two doctors got off the ambulance to pray together, each following their own tradition, one facing Mecca and the other Jerusalem, and the news spread around the world in a few hours.
The Israeli medical center of Sheba, near the city of Tel Aviv, is ranked among the best in the world and its directors say that the great expertise of this team is made possible because of the collaboration of Arab and Jewish assistants who work together in a society still marked by internal divisions. “We work with Arab medical workers everywhere and not only in these times of the coronavirus. There is no difference between us,” said Sheba’s deputy director emeritus, Rafi Walden. Israel’s Arab minority are descendeds from the Palestinians who have stayed on their land after the creation of the state in 1948, but when it comes to praying, there is no majority and no minority. The photo of the two paramedics taken by a colleague in the middle of the global pandemic went immediately viral, gathering thousands of shares in social media and international news. “The fact that it’s so simple also makes it so powerful.” I think Zoher and I (the two paramedics in the photo ed.) and most of the world understand that you have to keep your head up and pray. This is all we have left,” Mintz told CNN.
The two paramedics prayed for about 15 minutes before they got back to work. Surely both of them are afraid of the virus, but faith grants to each of them an important consciousness: everything happens by the will of GOD. And together we will make it also through this.