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Rabbi Mendel Kaplan headed a special delegation to Israel amidst the war in Gaza. He met with soldiers, parents that lost their children in battle, and communities in the south terrorized by rocket fire; and tells of his incredible trip.

My Visit to Israel in the Heart of War

My Visit to Israel in the Heart of War

Showing support to the soldiers and our brothers and sisters in Israel

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Rabbi Mendel Kaplan is the founder and spiritual leader of Chabad Flamingo in Thornhill, Ontario, he also serves as a Chaplain of the York Regional Police Service.
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May 17, 2016
Wow! Thank you for sharing! so beautiful! Eretz Yisroel IS the safest place. and, if you are meant to die, you will die, whether or not you are in Eretz Yisroel. The achdus of Am Yisroel is truly amazing! Moshiach now!
Anonymous
May 27, 2015
Sharing
My wife, my mom and I faced the doubt about travelling during these conflicts last year. It would be our first trip to Israel. And we did as planned! It was very touching for all of us!
Best experience: I was standing at the Kotel trying to register the moment when an IDF soldier came out of nowhere and asked so sincerely if I need help with that...I felt so welcome in that moment!
It's so meaningful to know that someone else felt the same in such a stressful moment! Thank you for sharing rabbi, and thanks Chabad for allow us to do the same!
Jorge
São Paulo/Brazil
April 14, 2015
rabbi Kaplan
I believe every one at the prime minister's office was as touched by Rabbi Kaplan's experience as I am.... I'm sure the PM would also like to express fondness to all the Canadians and blessing your group richly deserves the sense of family, tradition and respect so fully unites us that I can hardly put pen to paper...except to say g_d bless you
Wonderfully yours...great work
victor
August 20, 2014
shalom!
It is so touching story. Bravo!!! Israel is fighting for himself, protecting themselves. But also is fighting against terrorists what is good for whole world, especially when we know what's going on now actually in Iraq, etc. Great story!!!
isabel soroko
August 17, 2014
Yasher koach, thank you so much for sharing your impressions with us and for what you did.
I am very touched by what you said.
Ulli Rotzscher
Berkeley
August 14, 2014
Kindness and life.
Beverley Price
Johannesburg
August 12, 2014
Doing Our Part
If readers are wishing they could do something, and they are inclined to criticize the President or the State Department - I would like to suggest an alternative.
Its called hakarat hatov, and it means showing appreciation. I think that positive feedback to the politicians who publically support our soldiers is a much more productive use of your time and energy than trying to sway the President.
Included in the HaKaras HaTov can be the Prime Minister of the country where Rabbi Kaplan lives. The PM of Canada has been an incredible support of anti-terror. Let him hear from Jews around the world what we appreciate his support. He gets political opposition for his position - we can balance that out with international support.
Aliza
NY
August 11, 2014
continued support to Israel at this time of trial.I will pray for peace to come and for the economy to flourish.
Geraldine Murphy.
August 10, 2014
G-d bless your work for Israel. Israel and the Jewish people have not seen hate like this since Nazi Germany. Too few Jews willing to publicly support Israel who is doing everything possible to defend her citizens while under fire by Hamas who seek to destroy her and kill as many Jews as possible. I am greatly disappointed in American administration that treats Hamas as the equivalent of Israel. Also, the only Jews we see on TV here in the states are anti-Israeli. Keep up the great work.
Anonymous
Florida
August 10, 2014
Wow!! Mendel - my only regret is that I didn't see this before Shabbat. My friends - if you don't want to be made to feel really really guilty - stay away from the Chabad Center this coming Shabbat morning - I know what my sermon is going to focus on this week!
Yisrael Deren
Stamford
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