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Vacationing While IDF Soldiers Are Fighting?

Question of the week: "Since when did we become insensitive to our fellow Jews who are at war? We, American Jews, are flaunting five-star vacations when IDF soldiers are sleeping on the floor in Gaza?" Full Story

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You make a point
February 8, 2024 8:36 pm

Thank you for speaking up

Reply to  You make a point
February 9, 2024 11:14 am

I think it’s more dangerous, physically to go on vacation with so much antisemitism then to be in Gaza.
The only difference is that your not in green

February 8, 2024 8:36 pm

Spot on!!

In other words: Ahavas yisrael
February 8, 2024 8:44 pm

What you wouldnt want someone to do to you, dont do it to someone else. We became so numb, insensitive and detached from one another, it’s so sad. Outwardly we are in full swing helping the chayalim but inwardly so far off.

Dont stop short.
February 8, 2024 8:45 pm

We should not be going on Vacation! When yidden are Beies Tzara we fast. Asur Btashmish

Not our Derech
Reply to  Dont stop short.
February 8, 2024 11:12 pm

It’s not the Rebbe’s way for us to be in mourning in that way. We should be adding in Torah and Mivtzos in their zchus. But we don’t fast or mourn. Simcha is always the right answer. Simcha, bitachon and adding in light.

Dont stop short.
Reply to  Not our Derech
February 9, 2024 5:45 am

Fasting does not = mourning. Taanis is an increase in Tefila and something Yidden across the board always did.

The point here was about vacationing. Im not sure why its necessary to go on vacation to be Bsimcha nor how going to Cancun increases ones Bitachon.

There is a time and place for everything. and now is the time to be completely there for EY and yes that means less indulgence in Olam Hazeh.

There is
Reply to  Dont stop short.
February 9, 2024 8:49 am

A lot in cancun thats helping my bitachoin now. The chabad is geshmak.

Vacation opinion
Reply to  Dont stop short.
February 10, 2024 9:20 pm

Everyone has different chashbonos and can consilt with their own mashpia or daas torah, people need vacation to regenerate to serve Ahahem, I’ve seen Israelis on vacation too after Oct 7..

Reply to  Not our Derech
February 9, 2024 12:04 pm

We have different rules for aveilos?

Vacation opinion
Reply to  Dont stop short.
February 10, 2024 9:18 pm

How can you tell others what to do!? How do you know G-d’s will for them!? Everyone has to do what’s right for them!
I didn’t want to go on vacation after Oct 7, and I pushed it off till Dec when I was bursting, and I really needed it , not just that, I was able to greive and mourn for EY and the hostages and feel my feelings, you can tell others what’s right for them!

Supporting Israels economy by going on vacation
February 8, 2024 8:46 pm

Im against posting on scovial media in general, but Israel needs tourists.

Reply to  Supporting Israels economy by going on vacation
February 8, 2024 10:31 pm

And it is an excellent place to go.

Rethink the accusations
February 8, 2024 8:57 pm

I’m sure many of these vacation goers are donating nicely to the Israel government.
I do believe at this time to flaunt pictures isn’t so proper.

February 8, 2024 9:01 pm


February 8, 2024 9:10 pm

The Rebbe Showed us how important it is to be sensitive to others ! It’s an important class to start teaching in schools -we will all gain from learning and practicing it —together with empathy (it’s not the same as sympathy )
Stay safe
Ty for pointing this out

Important yes
Reply to  Sensitivity!!!!!
February 9, 2024 5:29 pm

But it’s not a class, it’s an emotion

The majority of American Jews
February 8, 2024 9:15 pm

Are NOT going on five star vacations
They are way too expensive
I think you’re a bit out of touch

But even those that are, or those that are going on a basic get-away, how about just not flaunting your personal life to do many. It’s not the Yiddishe way, war in Eretz Yisroel or not.

Even not at time of wars
February 8, 2024 9:19 pm

B”H I’ve been to beautiful places in the world, top hotels and private flights, never ever I posted on my Whatsapp status (BH not on any other social media) what I’m doing or going.
Enjoy your life.
If you need to show off, you’re not really enjoying life!
Besides going to Israel to strength the soldiers, I didn’t take any vacation since Tishrei.
No reason for that right now.

This is amazing
February 8, 2024 9:47 pm

As what do you say when we are in golus!

February 8, 2024 10:29 pm

If you have the money, Israel is a great place to vacation. The economy is hurting because of the war, but the country is not unsafe. I highly recommend a visit for any purpose. There is good leisure to be had there. The land of Israel is in bloom, and if you haven’t seen Eretz Yisrael in bloom you haven’t seen it. Eilat is also extremely safe, and prettier than the Caribbean. There is no reason to be afraid of rockets: Hamas’ stockpiles are dwindling to almost nothing, and Israel’s Iron Dome has a nearly 100% interception rate, and there… Read more »

Five star hotel in Gaza
February 8, 2024 10:32 pm

Let’s all consider the possibility of joining together in “Gaza” strip of EY in just a few years in the newly built five star hoteland Chabad house singing praise to Hashem for all the miracles.

February 8, 2024 10:42 pm

Especially since there are over 100 Yidden still held in captivity by barbaric terrorists!
Not a time to post pictures of your vacation!

February 9, 2024 12:04 am

People go on vacations?

Vacation opinion
Reply to  Wait
February 10, 2024 9:23 pm

Yea normal people

Take your downvote
Reply to  Vacation opinion
February 13, 2024 7:00 am

Good man

Nachi Gordon!
February 9, 2024 12:44 am

Why the negative? You were on your way to Florida last week- I saw you in JFK.am Yisroel loves the IDF and would do anything and everything to support them. Let’s remember the fight continues against amalek and we must continue to do our part to help our brothers and sisters in Israel. In general less social media attention seeking posts is always a good thing bit let’s not accuse our holy people of being insensitive. We are the most sensitive caring people. Positive thoughts!

Why only now
February 9, 2024 1:24 am

When is it EVER a good time to flaunt excess and personal escapades. You want to have fun, or relax, sure. Why publicize it? There are plenty people who can’t afford it. Same shtech in ponim to them. Publicize constructive things that all can do. Keep private, indulgent things, only some can do.

Common sense
Reply to  Why only now
February 9, 2024 8:06 am

Absolutely correct

Because that's half the fun
Reply to  Why only now
February 9, 2024 10:40 am

What’s the excitement of a vacation if you can’t flaunt it in the faces of those who can’t afford it.

If everyone is doing it then it becomes cheap and common.

It's all in the hands of the powerful
February 9, 2024 1:52 am

Nothing makes any sense No one can explain why if how We are living parallel all together in different worlds in a bubble Just because we could say things it is only someone’s opinion based on how they are processing dealing with their own life The real reality is out of our reach out of control beyond understanding People are suffering on many levels waking up going tru each day barely surviving their last day while others living life just watching a Broadway Show being entertained and not even knowing how good their enjoyable live is Nothing makes sense anymore… Read more »

February 9, 2024 4:32 am

By all means go for a break. However donate an equal amount of money to
1. Displaced families
2 soldiers protective gear
3. Etc

Mr Gordon
February 9, 2024 5:49 am

You have no right to write about this when your family has a newspaper they flaunt there extravagant vacations and family trips so start by talking to them then you can publish for everyone else you are just trying to promote yourself

read carefully
February 9, 2024 10:17 am

He is stating about the insensitivity of POSTING for all to see your enjoyment – that is insensitive – he is not saying not to go – but to post is insensitive!

Lense Pivot
February 9, 2024 11:38 am

Lets keep comments to topics & ideas, & not get personal.
It’s the opposite of Ahavas Yisrael . We certainly need all the ahavas chinam, & dan likaf zechus infused with the unlimited double simcha of ADAR to break all gezeiros for yidden, & for the safety of Eretz Hakodesh.

Kol Hakavod!
February 9, 2024 11:50 am

Thank you for speaking out!

Shouldn't post even when there isn't war
February 10, 2024 6:43 am

Ppl shouldn’t be flaunting their indulgences at any time. Go on a vacation if you need it. But sharing it with the world is showing off and invading your own privacy

Impossible to consider
February 10, 2024 11:22 pm

I have seen ads for Passover in Dubai!! Really, in luxurious hotels just so you can flaunt. When I came to learning, there was all this emphasis on being aware of others feelings, so how can frum people spend many thousands to give to goyim whilst Jewish sons and daughters are fighting our enimies? I think it’s disgraceful

American in the IDF
February 11, 2024 6:03 am

In case you decided to donate your vacations to a soldier fighting this war. Here is a link to our charidy campaign for a local father who’s been away from home for over 100 days. https://www.charidy.com/IDFsupport

Happier without social media
February 13, 2024 2:52 pm

This is why I have zero social media accounts I’d really rather not know !