Living through another lockdown

I’m failing to keep up with what’s going on in the rest of the world, but Israel is going through another lockdown, and I feel like I’m nearing the end of my rope. I’m not alone, either.

Things are mostly closed, except for food and pharma. Places are shut up and businesses are going bust. COVID statistics are frightening. Hospitals are nearing maximum capacity and we’re all going to suffer from further overload.

There’s something profoundly unsettling about having to keep away from people – to meet a friend and then be restricted to talking awkwardly from a distance through a mask, without being able to give a hug.

No library. No swimming pool. But thankfully, the heat is letting up enough for us to plan some hiking and spending time in the open air during this week of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).

I have some friends who have taken this whole crappy period as an incentive to do lots of house remakes and upgrades. Me? I feel like I have weights on my arms and legs. I just slug through work, food prep, basic cleaning, and some reading and crochet to keep sane.

I keep counting my blessings. We’re all in good health. I

live in a large house with a yard, trees, chickens, etc. We have a large supply of books and craft supplies. There are plenty of educational and entertaining stuff on the Web. I work from home and have a flexible schedule.

How many people have it way, WAY harder?!

Still, I find it hard to shake off this heavy, heavy oppressive feeling. And I’m sending this post out there as a big virtual hug for all the people who feel the same.

Stay safe, guys. And stay sane. Hug your kids. Do that puzzle. Bake those cookies. Put on some music. Do whatever makes you feel good that isn’t totally unreasonable. Be kind to yourself. You’ve got this.


Author: Anna

An Orthodox Jewish wife and mother enjoying a simple life with her family and chickens, somewhere in the hills, in Israel.

16 thoughts on “Living through another lockdown”

      1. I dont think this people can be trusted. The famous lawyer that is suing the WHO says that Corona is not a health crisis byt a Fraud Scandal. Reiner Fuellmich is suing the promoters of the “corona panic” for “Crimes Against Humanity”

        These are the three main promoters of the “corona panic” that are being sued, and these are the same people that our governments are basing their lockdown on:

        – Dr Christian Drosten, virologist and Director of the Institute at Charité Hospital in Berlin — Drosten is the inventor of the PCR test. PCR tests are not approved for diagnostic purposes, as is correctly noted on leaflets coming with these tests. Even the United States CDC agrees with this. Even Drosten himself declared in an interview in 2014, that these PCR tests are so highly sensitive that even very healthy and non-infectious people may test positive. Dr Yeadon in his piece: ‘Lies, Damned Lies and Health Statistics – the Deadly Danger of False Positives’ explains the complete unsuitability of the test for the detection of infectious diseases, covid 19 has tested positive in goats, sheep, papayas and even chicken wings. Also note that previously, during the swine flu in 2009 Drosten was one of those who stirred up panic in the population; repeating over and over again that the swine flu would claim many hundreds of thousands, even millions of deaths, all over the world. This panic-inducing prognosis proved to be catastrophically false.

        – Mr Tedros Adhanom, head of the World Health Organisation or WHO – Drosten used the PCR test, to test i Wuhan China, it came positive, this was enough for WHO to sound the pandemic alarm and to recommend the worldwide use of the Drosten PCR test for the detection of infections. Note also that previously, 12 years earlier the WHO changed the definition of “pandemic” (to “just a worldwide disease”, which not necessarily led to many serious illnesses and deaths) and that due to this change was able to declare the swine flu pandemic in 2009, with the result that vaccines were produced and sold worldwide. The panic prognosis of WHO proved to be catastrophically false.

        – Mr Lothar Wieler, veterinarian and head of the German equivalent of the CDC, the RKI – Mr Wieler wrote”the “panic paper”, that was leaked which was written by the German Department of the Interior. Its classified content shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that in fact the population was deliberately driven to panic by politicians and mainstream media. The accompanying irresponsible statements of the head of the RKI, remember the CDC, Mr Wieler who repeatedly and excitedly announced that the corona measures must be followed unconditionally by the population, without them asking any question shows that he followed the script verbatim. In his public statements he kept announcing that the situation was very grave and threatening although the figures compiled by his own institute proved the exact opposite.

        The material is a bit complicated, this may make it easier: RESUME & TRANSCRIPT —


  1. We are not yet as closed down as we were…but close. Seems no place to shop except for groceries and you cannot ever depend on anything you want being there necessarily. I am not keen on shopping anyway and less so now. It seems to take all my energy for a day to do so…and no doubt having to wear a stupid mask is part of that. It would be one thing if they actually worked…but for an asthmatic, they DO cut back on your oxygen levels…not good!! One store I do not hardly ever go to, is so hot…which makes it worse with a mask. So tis best to shop online etc so much as we can. Finding more ways to use what I have on hand. You have my sympathy…it is not easy with all that comes with children either. I do try to focus on the fact, it would be worse in other places a person could be. At least our weather here, aside from the SMOKEY days caused by the fired in California coming up the coast…are good ones…usually not too hot. And we have AC here. And there is the worry over what is going to happen with the election, the prez being ill, etc. too. Blessings on you there…at least you are IN THE LAND!! We so often wish we were. I do find it lonely too…though glad my husband is here with me…we see very little of our daughter and basically no one else.

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    1. I can tell you I’m not asthmatic and I still find I nearly suffocate in a mask. I think that’s why things have gotten so bad here: people just couldn’t comply with wearing masks in the summer heat. Plus people congregated clandestinely. I am so sorry for those who live alone and don’t have a supportive network.


  2. I wish I could give you a hug and a day off to do something different, but since I can’t, please know you’re in my thoughts.

    As hard as things are for us all, the people I feel most sorry for are those who are alone. Sometimes we all wish we were one of them! But not really – really, I’m so grateful for my family. And I try to hang on to that.

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  3. That was a lovely and encouraging post. I’ve been alternating between having a few super productive days and then having some sleepy, weighed down days. I try to think of 2020 as a cocoon year, a time to rest and prepare for the next phase of my life whatever that may bring.

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  4. Anna, (((Hugs))) – even though I’ve never met you personally.

    Maybe this video will cheer everyone up – especially if its topic really happens and succeeds – criminal prosecution of “the greatest crime against humanity ever created” – the Corona Fraud Scandal

    Mo’adim besimcha –

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      1. I pray that, whatever you do, you won’t listen to hoaxers. I honestly don’t know what fuels them, aside from a great desire to feel that they have knowledge others (people with actual qualifications, education, and experience) don’t have, but the truth is that in an age of social media, they are much more dangerous than they would normally be. Some people of this sort have always existed–they’re the people who, in some corner of themselves, never grow beyond the contrary three-year-olds they once were–but pre-internet, their voices were severely limited, as was the damage they could do.

        You strike me as a very sensible woman, so I doubt you’re terrible vulnerable to this. But I understand what the hardships of isolation can do even to a sound mind. You know, however, that hospitals in Israel and elsewhere aren’t “pretending” to be bursting with COVID patients. Over a million people haven’t “pretended” to die, or suddenly died from something that isn’t COVID. People aren’t “suffocating” in masks. This isn’t a hoax; this is what happens when decades of good health–due to things like vaccines and good hygiene practices–get so taken for granted that we fail to prepare for large-scale contagion, which humanity has had to deal with from its inception. The American tendency to think of the individual and no-one else, along with equally American paranoia and arrogance, have simply paired with this to encourage the sort of thing I see in some of the comments here.

        Please, listen to what I know is your well-trained intelligence and good sense, and stay safe. I pray for all our sakes that we will soon be released from this situation. I hope we’ll be better-prepared for the next one

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      2. Thank you, Anna. I am far from thinking that Covid is a hoax – though I have my misgivings about a novel vaccine getting massive promotion after what appears to be insufficient testing.
        I’d say we’re pretty safe, perhaps safer than most people, working from home or in highly protected facilities, keeping our children at home, and avoiding any unnecessary gatherings.


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