How am I supposed to feel now?

Friday, 27 October, 2023 - 5:08 pm

These last few days were a whirlwind, I could barely sleep a minute. I met with my people all around Israel, sat and listened to their heartbreak until mine felt like it was shattered too.

I hugged and cried with soldiers who had seen the unseeable, and stood with mothers whose babies were torn from their arms and wait for them in Hamas’s tunnels of hell. I promised that Ettie and I and our Naples and Marco Mishpacha would do everything we could, and tossed and turned over that vow all night.

I saw the heroism of Israel, the brave people who ran into the fires and showed superhuman strength to guard their people, I got the chills when they said they’d do anything for the nation of Israel, because I saw that it was true. I felt their faith straight through my bones when after all they witnessed and survived, they stood up to thank God, don tefillin, and pledge to light Shabbat candles.

I wish I could stay side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder with them until all the pain is healed.

I’m on my way back to our Naples and Marco Island community, I want to take a moment to acknowledge my dear wife Ettie Zaklos who held the fort back at home. I feel so blessed to be supported by my amazing partner who keeps everything going, for our kids, world famous Chabad of Naples, our community, and of course, #1 Preschool of the Arts! She’s the pillar of support and absolute powerhouse behind and in front of everything I do. Thank you, Ettie!

I’d also like to say a tremendous thank you to every single person who donated. Your donation is feeding and clothing victims of terror, lifting up the injured, and supporting our soldiers.

You’re making a huge difference to the IDF, and to lift their morale when they need it most, and much more.

Your donation is doing incredible things for Israel, and you showed that we can do something. We can show up and make a difference. And now we need to do even more. The need is real!

I would like to encourage you to continue to be strong and continue your support, and the mitzvot you had started doing for our brothers and sisters. I invite you to join us this Shabbos at 11:00 am as I share first-hand stories and as we say "L'chaim" - to life, to good health, and blessings for all who need it.

Let us make a resolution that we will not rest until our brothers and sisters can walk the streets safely, be happy, and each of the hostages are returned safely. Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Fishel & Ettie Zaklos 

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