Letters from

Planet Corona

Planet Corona


The Covid-19 epidemic exploded in Israel on the heels of the Purim festival in mid-March 2020. Trying to make sense of  the ensuing insanity, Chaya Passow, a resident of Jerusalem, soon began to share her thoughts and reflections with friends and family in the form of a letter from the new Planet Corona, formerly Planet Earth. What began as an attempt at personal catharsis grew to a collection of 70 letters describing seven tumultuous months in 2020 culminating in the Jewish High Holidays.

Letters from Planet Corona is unique, the result of an intelligent, strong feminine voice which combines witty, satirical, and humorous narratives with thought-provoking, uplifting, and inspirational insights. The author has an engaging style which makes her often penetrating and incisive observations accessible to all as she describes her personal journey from initial bewilderment and occasional despair to a deeper understanding of what it means to truly put your faith in God in the midst of a pandemic that tested human endurance.

Reading Letters from Planet Corona will open your mind and touch your heart.



Chaya Passow is a graduate of Stern College in New York, majoring in English literature. She taught English at the Hebrew University High School, an elite secondary school in Jerusalem. A sought-after lecturer and teacher of Jewish studies both in formal and informal settings, she is one of the founders of Lomdot and Melamdot, a program for advanced women’s Torah learning based in Katamon. She has had multiple careers, including significant periods as a Weight Watchers lecturer, a small-business executive, and a teacher of Jewish subjects in elementary school in the U.S.A.

 Since 2002 she has been living her dream of residing in Jerusalem, together with her husband, Eli, and enjoying being savta (grandmother) to a large cohort of beautiful grandchildren.

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Aaron Rakeffet
Aaron RakeffetRabbi and Professor of Rabbinic Literature at Yeshiva University's Gruss Institute in Jerusalem
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Many have turned to me asking, “Why the plague!”  In my first zoom lecture after Pesach, I spoke about “Why Corona?”. Now, I have an insightful volume which I can recommend to my students.  Your collection of letters, which you wrote regarding the reality of “Planet Corona,” is a poetic and literary gem.
Sarah Shapiro
Sarah ShapiroSarah Shapiro is an author and editor whose books include "Growing With My Children: A Jewish Mother's Diary.''
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Chaya Passow, in her humility, says she is not a writer. I must disagree, as apparently many other readers have, as well...
Rav Yitzchak A. Breitowitz
Rav Yitzchak A. Breitowitz Rav, Kehillas Ohr Somayach, Jerusalem
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For better or for worse, our world changed dramatically during 2020. A gruesome pandemic, world-wide lockdowns, the separation of families, the heartbreaking phenomenon of people dying alone without loved ones to support them.

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