Before I begin this entry I’m thinking of my daughter, son-in-law and grandson in Eretz Yisrael…..and especially all of the Israelis in the South who are going through living hell right now.  Please say the following prayer in Hebrew or English and pray for our brave young men and women in the IDF.   Kol Hakavod L’Tzahal !

Prayer for Members of the Israel Defense Force

He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Force, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea. May HASHEM cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighting men from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor. May He lead our enemies under their sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is Hashem, your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you. Now let us respond: Amen.

I’m afraid readers of my blog are simply going to have to get used to hearing my accolades of Chabad over and over.
Chabad of the Desert Communities has daily mincha/maariv minyans at 4:30 pm.  I knew my flight into Palm Springs was due to arrive at 6:00 pm, so I figured I’d call ahead, speak with Rabbi Denebeim and tell him of my situation.  WIthout hesitation he said, “leave it to me, I’ll find 10 men to daven maariv with you. Be at 6:30 at Chabad.  We are 10 minutes from the airport, just text me when you land so I can gather everyone together”.
Lo and behold, it worked out.  I wasn’t surprised.  I apologize if Im sounding like a broken record, but these people are simply unbelievable. 
Here’s a picture of where we davened, Ive grown accustomed to the small, comfortable side room of a house that’s been turned into a nice beit midrash.
and here’s something you dont see every day….an Aron Kodesh vault!  Apparently there have been several home break-ins in the area, so in order to safeguard the torahs, this Aron Kodesh is a vault.  Here’s a picture of Rabbi Denebeim “opening the Ark” before torah reading on Monday morning.
Like most of my excursions, its hard to “daven and run” as I do in these many cities.  I really treasure the very small time I have with these wonderful minyanaires and will miss not davening with them each day.