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thanks to our incredible family: yes, our Naples/ Marco Mishpacha

Dear Friends, 

The holiday of Passover and the Seder in particular remind us to be grateful and to give thanks for all we have. Our well-known tune Dayenu reminds us of all the times G-d helped us in amazing ways, and of how ungrateful we were, always demanding more. Passover is, therefore, our opportunity to make up for this by showing how grateful we were and still are, every step of the journey. 
 
On the night of the Seder the gates of the heavens are open and we raise our glasses filled with wine and say L'chaim. On a personal level, this is when Ettie and I express thanks to our incredible family: yes, our Naples/ Marco Mishpacha for every step of this amazing journey. A mere 15 years ago we came to this beautiful place called Naples and today we have a growing and beautiful family, and we will spend the time at the Seder to go back and reflect on all the incredible angels who have given so much, who have been here for our community, for Chabad Naples and for us. We say thank you.
 
Our sincere repeated thanks will never be enough. 
 
And as we prepare this afternoon for the Festival of Liberation, let us use this opportunity to tap in to our inner Moses, hearing the word of Hashem, and take a step forward in our own lives, to live a more present, conscious, G-dly life; enriching our family experience, uplifting our social value, and expanding our communal contribution to make the world, immediately around us, and beyond, a holier and happier place - let's make the world, and especially Chabad Naples, "Kosher for Pesach"; for the ultimate freedom in a world perfected speedily in our days. We ask Hashem that as we grow and the needs continue, the angels and continued miracles will flow together.
We love you and L’chaim!!!!
 
Rabbi Fishel & Ettie Zaklos 
 

What do you do the last week before you leave on a big trip?

Dear Friends, 

Author David Allen's bestseller is about getting things done with as little stress as possible.   

“Most people feel best about their work the week before their vacation," he writes, " but it’s not because of the vacation itself.  What do you do the last week before you leave on a big trip? You clean up, close up, clarify, and negotiate all your agreements with yourself and others.” 

That really resonates with me at this time of year, as I think this summarizes Passover  perfectly: it’s a time to make preparations -- clean up -- to go on vacation, even for a few days, from all the things that inhibit you. 

Passover is the time when we are blessed with spiritual freedom to allow us to rise above and "Passover" the confusion and worry stemming from the challenges we face in daily life. Enjoy its rich traditions, observe its sacred customs, and allow It to afford you the much needed energy of joy and liberation to savor year-round. 

This in turn gives us an additional dose of the many blessings and inspirations which Pesach provides; namely, the spirit of true freedom from every conceivable obstacle, from within and from without. 

Please accept our best wishes for a Happy, Kosher and Meaningful Passover! 

Rabbi Fishel & Ettie Zaklos

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