Rabbi Aryeh Lipo is a fairly well-known Israeli religious studies teacher who has connections to many top officials in the Netanyahu government. And he wants them, and all the rest of the people of Israel, to consider a more spiritual solution to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a short video clip recorded for the Hebrew-language website Temple Mount News, Rabbi Lipo reported that “we are here on the Temple Mount, sending up a prayer for the healing of the entire world.”
The rabbi noted that “corona” means “crown” in many languages. “This plague has come to remind us that the true crown of the world is missing. What will stop the coronavirus was taught to us by King David.”
Rabbi Lipo suggested that “the [Jerusalem] Temple is the crown” of the world, and that “this crown will protect the world from the corona,” should this generation merit the right to build it.
He ended with an impromptu prayer (even though it is forbidden for Jews to pray atop the Temple Mount), asking “the Holy One, Blessed be He, to rule from his palace so that he will have a true crown in order to remove the ‘crown’ of disease that is causing so many to suffer.”