Is this the end of the world? And what does that even mean? Moshe Shai/FLASH90

The End of the World – Might Not Be What You’re Thinking

For some, the end of the world isn’t really the end, but rather a new beginning


The coronavirus crisis naturally makes people think about the end of the world, which has different meanings for different people. Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, for one, hopes and prays for Messiah to come within a week or so, before Passover. This is our Health Minister’s best solution to defeat the pandemic.

Others are more practical. A few days ago, a man who “stole” a 2,000-year-old ballista stone he found in Jerusalem decided to return the artifact to authorities. His conscience, he said, was troubled because he felt we were approaching the “end of the world.”

Still others see the end of the world as a good thing, an opportunity to recalibrate our priorities. Some have in mind the chance to roll back pollution. But a song by Israeli artist Aviv Geffen that is gaining newfound popularity at this time says that the world as we knew it already came to an end when we lost our…