I only realized the severity when my brother-in-law was rushed to the hospital with difficulty breathing. That is when it hit home.
You all know the story about the Rebbe Reb Meilich, and how he spent many years in galus. One time when coming back home from two years in galus, he heard a commotion at the outskirts of the town that Meilich’s son is very sick. His heart started to beat, he started to cry and ran home. He arrived home and saw his child was BH just fine and that it was the other Meilich in town’s son who was sick. He let out a sigh of relief, but then broke down crying. He cried and cried, “Ribbono Shel Olem, what have I accomplished in my two years of galus if when I heard it was the others Meilich’s son I let out a sigh of relief. That means Meilich didn’t learn anything in galus.”
Reb Meilich picked himself up immediately and went back into galus for another two years.
Rabbosai, we have to feel the pain of our yiddishe brothers and sister, and internalize it before it hits home. Acheinu Kol Bais Yisroel, we are all part of one another.
Lo aleinu vlo aleichem, so many yidden so many yiddeshe homes are broken, destroyed, cholim in so many homes and hospitals (many before the mageifa). So many of our brothers and sisters have already been laid off, so many people have lost all their money, there are homes with no food, people dying in hospitals or fighting for their life – all alone without their families being able to comfort them. Yidden that were ashirim yesterday, are now penniless.
I am chalila not suggesting to get depressed. Klal Yisroel accomplishes most with Simcha, but let’s take to heart, internalize the pain that klal yisroel is going through, and pierce the heaven with our cries and tefillos, and in that zechus, our families will be healthy and we will merit the end of this gezeira, with the coming of moshiach.