It Takes a Virus

In addition to fear and isolation, the coronavirus is also revealing love and unity.

Click here if you are unable to view this video.

It takes a virus….
To call and check on my mother every day
To appreciate stocked shelves in the supermarket
To download and learn how to use Zoom
To push my child on a swing in the middle of the day
To assess how I am using my time
To play backgammon with my wife
To feel that regardless of race and religion we are all truly connected
To be home with my family all week
To tackle the worst closet in my house
It takes a virus to…
Check in on a neighbor
To shop for a stranger
To respect and protect the elderly
To reflect on what I need to work on to improve my character
To know in my bones that God really does run the world
To spend more time learning Torah
To reach out to someone I haven’t contacted in a long time
To go for a drive for the drive itself
To finish a book
To cook something I’ve never made before
To take an early morning run for the first time in 25 years
It takes a virus to simplify our complicated lives and show us what is really important.
Are you testing positive?

Comments (11)

(10) Anonymous, March 25, 2020 10:02 AM

It takes a virus for people to come back to their senses

I’m wondering why the last line says are you testing positive? Maybe I’m not getting it and it’s referring to the effects of the virus-IE: is it having a “ positive” effect on you?

(9) Miriam, March 24, 2020 1:27 AM

Wow, it’s so true. This virus is giving us a chance to reevaluate our priorities and slow down our fast paced lifestyle. May G-d help us test Positive:)

(8) Rachel Shillingford, March 23, 2020 1:15 PM



(7) Jaya, March 23, 2020 4:19 AM

Does it ?

Very inspiring ! There are ways and ways of making life richer by being simply more mindful . It has taken a virus to make many do this , but we have seen some wise and rare people connect deeply even without the threat . And we see some still absorbed in their private and sad little worlds .

(6) Sara Rigler, March 22, 2020 7:45 PM

Beautiful video

Thank you, Karen Kuflik, for the words and visuals to make us conscious of all the opportunities the corona virus is giving us. Beautifully done.

(5) Miriam Kramer, March 22, 2020 5:44 PM

I thought this was beautifully done. It takes an anxious, worrisome time and gives it a different spin; allowing us to count our blessings even now. And that really is the job of a Jew. And the perfect ending is that succinct "Are you testing positive"? It's great. Yasher koach!

(4) Charlene, March 22, 2020 4:24 PM


(3) Yisroel, March 22, 2020 4:24 PM


This video needs to go viral!! This positivity has the power to stop the virus!

Jaya, March 23, 2020 4:22 AM

Wow !

What a magnificent response !!!

(2) Nancy, March 22, 2020 3:49 PM

I smiled when I saw your name in the byline!

Hi Karen— You and I were on the same trip to Israel with Dini Coopersmith this past November. I miss going to Shul, but have been using this time to sharpen my skills in various areas. Stay well and safe!!

(1) Chaya, March 22, 2020 1:54 PM

Great video

Shavua Tov !! Thank you.


Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.

  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment

Receive Weekly Current Issues Emails

Sign up to our Current Issues Newsletter.

Our privacy policy