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Friday, 8 March, 2013 - 5:25 am

Sharing good news is always a great pleasure, much more so when you have something positive to tell about subjects that usually come up in a negative context. We are all aware of the unfortunate change that is taking place in Turkey; this makes me happy to share with you the following news.

 As many of you got to know over the years, members of our family live in different parts of the world, mostly in positions of Chabad Rabbis and Rebbetzins, serving the local Jewish communities. One of them, who grew up together with me in the city of Tzfat, in fact we lived literally next door to each other, is Rabbi Mendy Chitrik, whose home is now in Istanbul, where together with his wife, he serves the Jewish community of Turkey.

While we meet each other at family Simchas and other occasions, our conversations are usually about our personal lives and family updates. We never seem to really get to talk much about our work and community.

This week I heard, from a common friend, that no less than three thousand (!) local Jews participated last Sunday in an extremely joyous Purim party in Istanbul, organized by the Chitriks.  Perhaps it’s not really a news item just reconfirmation - Am Israel Chai!

Comments on: Reconfirmation

Elisabeth Gelb wrote...

Shabbat Shalom Rabbi,
This is wonderful and cause for L'Chaim!
We continuously pray for the safety of our fellow Jews living in countries that lack the security we feel in Canada. However, we must remain vigilant, as we know how quickly the tide can change. Shabbat Shalom.

lindy shortt wrote...

We reconfirm with you and your family in Istanbul......Am Yisrael Chai!

Shabbat Shalom,

Stan and Lindy Shortt

Eric Griffiths wrote...

A very relevant request in these times. I constantly ask Hashem to guide and protect the Varney's, the Grossman's and the Balshine's who are now residing in Israel. I also find this week's parsha so relevant in these times and in this Province. I would pray that Hashem would guide our current leaders in the message Rabbi Goldman makes us all aware of that we are to take away with us this week. Thank you Rabbi Kaplan for making this so easily available!

Hai wrote...

Shalom i wil be in Istanbul this monday and tuesday (december 23th 2013) and i would like to pray cha'haris min'ho and arvit.
And even if it is possible to eat 1000% kosher lamehadrin min laméhadrin.

Can anyone give or sent me the phone number (landline and cellularà of Reb Mendy Chitrik ?

Kol touv