Chanukah 2020 begins on Thursday night, the 10th of December, a time of year that is usually marked by celebrations with family and friends, has never been met with more uncertainty for Israel’s needy.
Since the beginning of COVID-19, the loss of jobs and the economic downturn in Israel has been well documented. Each of the two lockdowns has intensified the financial difficulties, and now, with the rate of infection in Israel growing every day, there is growing talk of a third lockdown.
According to a special Military Intelligence Taskforce, not only is Israel at the start of a third wave but for every two days at the current rate of infection (about 1,500 newly infected a day), it will take a day of lockdown to reverse the effects.
On the other hand, there is also growing optimism that the vaccine is on its way – according to Yediot Aharonot, a local news outlet, Israel may be receiving four million doses of the Pfizer drug – enough to inoculate 2 million people. The expected arrival and administration of the drug is still unknown (some reports have it coming as early as mid-December), although it might come too late to prevent a third lockdown during the holidays.
One thing that’s certain, Meir Panim will be there for the needy in Israel to brighten up their Chanukah and help those in need during these dark and challenging times.