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A Life of Love, Hope, and Purity

Dear Families,

On Monday, the Jewish people suffered a terrible blow. Twenty-one precious sons fell in Gaza—such a great loss. One of our soldiers who was killed, Elkana Vizel A”H, was 35 years old, married to Galit, and a father to four beautiful children. Elkana wrote a letter that was found on his body after he was killed in battle. I bear testimony that Elkana’s letter carries within it not only the attitude of every IDF soldier I have met since October 7th, but the spirit of Am Yisrael itself.  

“If you are reading these words, something probably happened to me. First of all, in case I was captured by Hamas, I demand that no deal be made to release any terrorist in order to release me. Our overwhelming victory is more important than anything, so please press ahead with all the force until our victory is as overwhelming as possible. Maybe I fell in battle. When a soldier falls in battle, it is sad, but I ask you to be happy. Don’t be sad when you part from me. Sing a lot, plant in hearts, hold each other’s hands, and strengthen one another. We have so much to be excited and happy about – we are the generation of Jewish redemption! We are writing the most meaningful moments in the history of our people and of the whole world. So please be optimistic. Keep choosing life all the time – a life of love, hope, purity, and optimism.”

We all feel the loss of Elkana. May his words give us strength.

Lastly, this week, we concluded our first post -10/7 delegation with the incredible Jewish community of Miami. Our Miami families opened their hearts and homes to young soldiers who were injured only a few months ago. It was simply life-changing, and we are forever grateful to all of you.

Shabbat Shalom,


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