At this point, I think we all can agree that we are all either sick, tired, or both about this COVID lockdown. We all long for the day when we can gather as a group of people, go back to work, or simply walk around without fear of killing our loved ones. However, while we are all cooped up and not allowed to interact with anyone outside our immediate household, it has allowed us to plan what changes we will make once we are finally out of this situation. It’s almost as if the global community is going to be given its own chance at a New Year’s Resolution. Governments will spend tremendous amounts of money trying to ensure that this never happens again. The UN and the WHO (World Health Organization) will put out guidelines that a handful of countries will follow. Hospitals around the world will begin to stockpile supplies in anticipation of having to go through something like this again.

It was at the sheva b’rachos of his grandson that I truly learned of the greatness of Rabbi Mendel Kaufman. The hosts of the sheva brachos decided to play a game akin to the old television show, The Newlywed Game. However, instead of exclusively newlyweds, the contestants were the newly married couple, the parents, and the grandparents. The rest of us were spectators. It came to the question directed at the husbands: “Name something you own that your wife would want to get rid of.” Before anyone else was able to respond, Rabbi Kaufman answered simply: “Rabbi Kaufman.”

As the world reels from coronavirus, many people are taking this opportunity to make political statements, using this crisis to “prove” that the policies that they have been pushing for all along are actually correct. On the surface, it may seem that, sure, universal healthcare and the government giving you money on a monthly basis would help out in a time like this; but it’s important to note that the measures being taken by the government now are only being taken because we are in crisis mode. And above all else, you can’t use a crisis to prove how life should work normally.

Earlier this week, Fox News Channel’s Chief Palace Correspondent, John Roberts, broke the horrifying details of a sinister deep-state plan that infiltrated the highest office in the land. Roberts detailed the account in his report on Tucker Carlson’s nightly show, and this disturbing story could have ripple effects that will be felt from Hodu to Kush. “This could only have resulted from a gross amount of incompetence, combined with truly awful government overreach,” Roberts asserted. “It really goes to show just how much our leadership here in Shushan wants to control your life.”

Pop culture has a funny way of contrasting current events. When the world is in chaos, television, movies, and music tend to try to get your mind off of the hectic nature of real life and let you focus on something less dire. The middle of the 20th century saw the rise of rock and roll in the ’50s and ’60s, disco in the ’70s, and hair bands in the ’80s. All of this came amid the Cold War, when every American was constantly worried that the world could end in a nuclear war at any given moment. As soon as the Berlin Wall came down and the Cold War ended, we saw a rise in grunge music. As opposed to the musical genres that preceded it, grunge had a depressing sound to it, regardless of the lyrics.

Last week, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg jumped simultaneously into the debates for the Democratic primary and a shark cage. Upon entering, Bloomberg was bombarded by attacks from his fellow candidates, which he was obviously ill-prepared to defend. Those of us who lived through three Bloomberg terms in New York City should not be surprised by how lackluster he was. Bloomberg was never “Captain Charisma” while he was mayor, and that reputation definitely continued in the debate. Still, this week, I’d like to discuss the attacks his opponents levied on him, how he handled them, and how he should have handled them.

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