Let's begin this beautiful year together

Friday, 1 September, 2023 - 1:51 pm

Dear Friends,

Capturing a Beautiful Beginning: Meet Scott and Michael Weinstein, a father-son duo in our beloved Chabad Naples family who are always radiating warmth and love.

Michael is an exceptional and sweet young soul - every Friday we exchange heartfelt 'Good Shabbos' messages via WhatsApp, a tradition we've cherished for three years now without fail**.

But yesterday held an even more special moment. With the Jewish New Year on the horizon, Michael and Scott decided to embrace a new practice: daily tefillin.

Father and son wanted to do one small thing as they prepare for the High Holidays. You often hear in life to "not sweat the small stuff", but in Judaism, it's the small actions that bear cosmic significance.

I think the smiles in the photo say it all about the meaning and significance of this special Mitzvah. The Weinsteins' aspiration is to master the art of tefillin so that they can eventually perform the ritual without guidance.

As Rosh Hashanah beckons, let's all seek meaningful ways to elevate ourselves. It need not be tefillin; it can be any meaningful practice. I am happy to help you explore new ways to connect to your Judaism. Whether you seek guidance or companionship on this journey, let's begin this beautiful year together.

The path may be small, but its impact is boundless.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Fishel & Ettie Zaklos 

** Michael reminded me that while he messaged me every week without fail, I did miss replying on many occasions. Just like I encourage others to do, I will also be increasing my efforts to work on myself this Rosh Hashanah, and will do better on sending him a Good Shabbos message (and many other resolutions as well:)) - a lesson on consistency I can learn from Michael.

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