The nine days leading up to Tisha B’Av are usually subdued with curtailed entertainment and meatless dining… writes Michael Kuttner.

This year with Covid-19 running rampant again causing economic pain and social disruptions the challenge is somehow to find a positive way out of this plague induced chaos.

Despite seemingly insurmountable challenges Israelis continue to accentuate optimism and overcome obstacles. You might not be aware that there is good news. Here is your opportunity to catch up with the latest.

VIRTUAL TOURISTS 

With borders closed and restricted entry in place tourists are noticeably absent on the streets of our cities, on the beaches, in hotels and at historic and religious sites.

To whet your appetite for the sights and sounds of Israel watch this video and start planning your next trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzZ_kWFnidY

HEBREW UNIVERSITY JOINS THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONA

Israeli researchers and scientists are working overtime in the fight against this latest plague taking a toll around the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JEOhlCUKEI

A LIGHT UNTO THE NATIONS

It is not just in Israel that the campaign to combat and defeat Corona is taking place. Israeli experts are also helping nations in Africa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0H0gi9-bEY

ISRAEL’S UPCOMING CHESS CHAMPIONS

Here are some of Israel’s youngest future chess champions explaining what they think about this challenging game: https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/VideoLibrary/Pages/Israel-s-younger-Chess-Champs.aspx

Michael Kuttner is a Jewish New Zealander who for many years was actively involved with various communal organisations connected to Judaism and Israel. He now lives in Israel. 

[This article was originally published on J-Wire and is reproduced here with permission from Michael Kuttner.]