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Teaming with Success and our Powerful Prayers

We hope you all enjoyed a fun-filled July 4th with your beautiful families! We are ever aware of how fortunate we are that G-d gave us the USA as our home. We cherish these blessings and make every effort not to take them for granted.

What a contrast it was to hear of the entrapped soccer team of children in an underground cave in Thailand! Many of us have been (and continue to be) glued to the media, hoping and praying for news not only of their miraculous survival, but now also of their rescue. How incredible to learn of the bravery and determination of the Navy Seals and the divers from Thailand who risked their lives and sacrificed so much to keep these kids alive!

I believe that one of the major keys to the kids’ survival for nine long days before they were found is that they were a team with a coach. TEAM spells out:
T – together
E – everyone
A – achieves
M – more

So at the same time we celebrate INDEPENDENCE, we must be cognizant of INTERDEPENDENCE and strive to be there for one another, not only during trying times, but whenever the opportunity or need arises.

Teamwork enabled the Thai youngsters’ survival and discovery. And teamwork within the Jewish people (and within the community at large), as we care for one another and are exemplary citizens, is the key to our success, today and forever.

We continue our powerful prayers for these young people who hopefully will emerge unscathed very soon from the cave. Again, profound thanks to the brave Navy Seals (one of whom already made the supreme sacrifice, unfortunately) and our prayers that they, too, should be saved.

Shabbat Shalom with Love & Light,

Rabbi Fishel & Ettie Zaklos
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