Dear friend,
Coronavirus is spreading.
Schools are closed.
Shuls are closed. 
Yeshivas are closed.
Daily life is closed.
This tiny virus of 125 nanometres has sent the world into chaos.
How are we to react?
What should we do?
What can we do?   
The Tzemach Tzedek taught us:
Tracht Gut, Vet Zein Gut.
Think positive and everything will be positive.
Thinking positive is more than optimistic thinking.
It is actually the catalyst for positive outcomes.

This is beautifully illustrated by the following story, shared by Ascent of Tzfat::

The two brothers, the famed Rabbi Elimelech of Lizensk and Rabbi Zushe of Anipoli often wandered about together, posing as simple beggars.They would mingle with the masses,listening, teaching, speaking, helping and guiding whomever and whenever they could.
Once, while they were traveling with a group of vagabonds, members of the group were accused of being thieves, resulting in the entire bunch being thrown into jail. Confident of their innocence and eventual release, the two brothers sat quietly. As the afternoon progressed, Rabbi Elimelech stood up to prepare himself to pray the afternoon service. "What are you doing?" his brother asked. 
"I'm getting getting ready for Mincha," replied Rabbi Elimelech. 
Rabbi Zushe pointed to a pail of waste in the corner of the room.
"It is forbidden" he said, "to pray in this cell, because the odor coming from that pail makes the room unfit for prayer." Dejected, the holy Rabbi Elimelech sat down.
Soon after, Rabbi Elimelech began to cry.
"Why are you crying?" said Rabbi Zushe. "Is it because you are unable to pray?" Rabbi Elimelech answered affirmatively,
"But why weep?" continued Rabbi Zushe. "Don't you know that the same G‑d who commanded you to pray, also commanded you not to pray when the room is unfit for prayer? Be happy that G‑d has afforded you the opportunity to serve Him now, by not praying."
"You are right, my brother!" exclaimed Rabbi Elimelech, suddenly smiling. With the feelings of dejection banished from his heart and mind, Rabbi Elimelech took his brother's arm and began to dance as a result of performing the Mitzvah of not praying in an inappropriate place.
The guards heard the commotion and came running. Witnessing the two brothers dancing, the guards shouted at the other prisoners:
"What is this all about?"
"We have no idea" they answered mystified. "Those two Jews were discussing the pail in the corner, when all of a sudden they came to some happy conclusion and began to dance."
"Is that right?" sneered the guards.
"They're happy because of the pail, are they? We''ll show them!"
They ceremoniously threw the pail out of the cell.
 Rabbi Zushe turned to the brother and said, "and now, we can daven!" 

Yes, our hearts are pained at the unthinkable step of closing the doors of our schools and shuls. 
Yet, for every school's door that has closed, another door has opened. 
For every shul's door that has shut, another community's door has opened. 
A door of sharing and caring;
A door of kindness and love;
A door of reaching out to each other.
Phone calls, chesed squads, shopping volunteers, virtual classes.
In our history, there were many times when we couldn't daven with a minyan because of hate.
Today, we didn't daven with a minyan because of love.
In our history, we sacrificed our lives for G‑d.
Today, we sacrificed G‑d for lives.
 We gave up our ability to daven in a shul, to daven with a minyan, to read the Torah, to answer Amen and to reveal the Shechina - G‑d's Divine Presence - in our shul. We dd it because we care about each other. 
If this saves even one person - likely an elderly person we may not know - we do it with joy. 
The Talmud teaches us (יומא ט:)  how groundless hatred fueled the destruction of the second Holy Temple. And boundless, gratuitous love will drive the building of the third Holy Temple. 
In all this confusion, there is one thing we know for sure:
We are in G‑d's hands.
The Rambam - Maimonides - tells us  (הלכות תשובה פ"ג ה"ד) to view the entire world's actions as being on a perfectly balanced scale. With (even) one Mitzvah that we do, we tip the scale in the side of good. 
Just one Mitzvah. 
If the unseen virus can spread at  a viral rate and negatively impact the entire world, imagine what one Mitzvah, one good deed, one caring phone call, can do to bring light to the entire world.   
We are living in the times of Moshiach.
Yes, taking  precautionary measures is a must. Closing the doors of the schools and shuls was a necessary step. 
But let's fill the doors of our hearts with positivity, with Bitachon - trust - that G‑d is unfolding a master plan before our eyes. 
We should be optimistic. Panic and fear are also contagious. 
To quote Rabbi Moss (Sydney, Australia): Yes, we listen to the advice of health authorities. We wash our hands well. And every time we do, let's remember in whose hands we are in.
From our homes, let's learn some extra Torah with the conferencing and online resources, let's give tzedakah, let's reach out to our fellow Jew.   
And G‑d will re-open the door for us.
The door to the third Holy Temple.     
And the world will be changed for good.                                                               
Wishing everyone the best of health and inner strength.
Rabbi Yisroel Engel