Former PM Bennett: My Family And Myself Are Religious Because Of Chabad

FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, May 15, 2022. Israel said Tuesday, May 31, 2022, that it has proof that Iran stole classified documents from the U.N. atomic energy agency nearly two decades ago and used them to conceal its nuclear activities from international inspectors. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP, File)

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Former Israeli premier Naftali Bennett published a Facebook post in which he thanked Chabad, stating that he and his family are religious in their merit.

Bennett wrote: Thank you Chabad! The annual conference of Chabad emissaries is taking place now and this is an opportunity for me and my family to say a personal thank you to Chabad.

My parents Jim Z’l and Miranda were born and grew up in San Francisco to families far away from religion. After the Six Day War my parents immigrated to Israel out of Zionist motives, volunteers at Kibbutz Dafna and settled in Haifa.

When we went on Shlichut [Jewish Agency aliya representatives] to Montreal, they wanted their three sons- Asher, Danny and myself – to maintain their Hebrew and sent us to Jewish education. I was sent to a Chabad kindergarten.

I came back from the kindergarten with a big kippah and tzitzis, things which were very strange and new to my parents. This is how my family’s journey to Judaism began.

ייתכן שזו תמונה של ‏‏‏אדם אחד‏, ‏ילד‏‏ ו‏עומד‏‏

Naftali Bennett as a child

Chabad is an organization unequaled in the entire world. Every emissary comes with his family to a far-flung corner of the world with the goal of reaching as many Jews as possible. Every Jew and Jewess is valued and received with unconditional love.

Sometimes conditions are hard, they are on their own with no Jewish school in the region. The emissary must survive economically, help every Jew and spread goodness.

In most cases the emissaries are full of energy, imbued with faith and benevolence, have operational capabilities and -no less important -a good Jewish sense of humor.

And thus in 110 countries thousands of emissaries serve as a kind of “foreign ministry” for the Jewish nation. When there is a crisis like in Ukraine, or an earthquake or terror attack- they are always galvanized into action offering assistance and succor. What a Kiddush Hashem!

Thank you dear emissaries for a life of devotion, Torah and giving to others. Am Yisrael loves Chabad!



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