All Hail The Chief!!
As I heard the news of your passing only one song came to mind. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a song of praise. It wasn’t the Kiriat Shma or The Mourners Kaddish. The song was “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley and The Wailers. The line “fear is my carriage and I have to push on through” is what I needed to hear. Chief of Chiefs; Chief Naphtali has been called to sleep with his fathers. I am going to address you in the present tense. Especially because of the impact that you HAVE on me and so many others. C.O.C. אלוהים allowed you to touch so many souls in your path. You touched us with your “spirit being.” Your laugh, your charisma, your dignity, your morals and your pride. Your stride is admirable, you are a leader through your actions.
But, you were one of my soldiers at Bnai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael. I know your rank is light years ahead of mine. Your insight and wisdom is light years ahead of mine. But, you were/are a solider in the trenches with me. I remember for years for Shacreet prayer service it was you, Adone Yaroah, Geveret Orah and myself too many times. We were in the field! You and the aforementioned motivated me beyond recognition. I would rush to prayer service so that I could be first. I remember those times when you and Adone Yaroah would reach BAKBY before me, I used to be TIGHT and you both would laugh at me. I wish I could hear your infectious laugh right now. I am fighting tears as I write this letter. I am in a restaurant and I am getting the awkward looks because I can’t hold back my emotions.
I love the fact that I could be honest with you. There was no judgement from you, you only offered correction. A non judgmental stance is absolutely uncanny. Do you remember the time where I told you that I felt that I was losing my way? I saw the worry and concern in your face too. But, you played it cool. It’s because you’re cooler than cool.
Sidebar: I loved the way you spoke of The Eternal. It is and was and will be inspiring. It’s a reflection of your love and appreciation for The Eternal; The Indescribable Power. Or as you would say “Maker, Owner And Possessor.” You said to “read the word aloud and let it sit into your spirit being.” Let me tell you for those that don’t know, COC is serious about his health too. I recall seeing him pull up to BAKBY on a bike! The many green juices too! You inspired me in so many ways.
Your encouragement in this modeling/blogging world is/was appreciated. You commented on my photos when some of my “friends” didn’t and won’t. You’re a genuine soul C.O.C.
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The very next time that I saw you after I told you that I felt like I was losing my way, you gave me a book. A brand new TaNaK with the apocrypha included. What you told me motivated me and now with COC and Morah Meshael sleeping, I have to keep the mission. In retrospect, it was a trick. You know that I would hold the book near to me. You knew that I would treasure it.
Do you remember the day of the fire at BAKBY? How could you forget? Minister Roiyah was there when there was a “misunderstanding” with the Torah scrolls. Nah, I am sure you would want me to be honest. An individual tried to claim the Torah scrolls as his own! Man, I turned up! In front of fifty police officers and one hundred firefighters. I moved on emotion and you moved in a strategic manner. It got so crazy that the cop put his hand on his weapon and informed me that the scrolls would be placed at the precinct. The words you gave reassured me. You had my back as I turned up. I am sure that every one saw the video too. A man of God. A confidant. A man of honor. A man of integrity. A man unashamed to love. A courageous man. I appreciate you. We appreciate you. I am sure that there are so many that have awesome and profound experiences with you. Your words of encouragement. Your charisma. Your humor. Your pride. Your honor. Your honesty.
You will live longer because of all of the lives God allowed you to touch. Rest Well Chief Of Chiefs Naphtali Ben Naphtali. C.O.C.
P.S. Bunnie And Boobie Thank You. Thank You for encouraging me to write.
“I know you are strong…super human strong 😉 but you can always just let it out.”