Thank You Hashem – Week 238

My mother came for a visit that was only supposed to last one week.  I really wanted her to stay longer because it is such a blessing to have her around.  She told me today that she would be able to stay a week longer, and the airline didn’t charge her anything for changing her return ticket.  Thank you Hashem for making it all possible.  You are so good to me.  Thanks also for the blessing of having her here with us.  I love You Hashem.  Also, some books I ordered from Artscroll came a day early.  Thanks Hashem. Can’t wait to start some new Torah learning.

-Today is my birthday! Thank you Hashem that I reached this day!! I have a caring loving husband, 2 beautiful children!! Hashem is so good to me!! I have a beautiful life!!

-Thank you Hashem for saving us ALOT of money by helping us repair our broken dryer by watching a Youtube video, instead of hiring a repair man & paying a hefty fee to get the job done.

-Thank You Hashem, today I had a healthy baby girl. My first! Baruch Hashem!

-So today i went shopping at shoprite and got way more then i can carry. I started walking home. Thinking how amazing it would be if i get a lift or someone to help me carry my bags. When i got to the corner of ocean pkwy and ave j the stop lights was acting funny and i jad to wait for a few min till i can cross and i was getting unpatient. But after waiting a few min a friend of mine passed by and helped me with my bags. Ty hashem for sending a helping hand when i was in need .

-Thank You Hashem for all that I have. I know it’s all from you. Thank you for being so close to me. I love You Hashem.

-Thank you Hashem for the simcha of completing learning a Bitachon sefer with my daughter. Thank you for the time spent with her learning it and the celebrating lunch together as well. B’ezrat Hashem she should make you very proud

  • It’s a boy- mabrook! Thank you Hashem

Archive-special request for our Lakewood readers.. -I have an Ophthalmology practice in Lakewood New Jersey. On that unfortunate day of 9/11 I was seeing patients in my office. My nurse walks in as I am seeing a patient and tells us of the plane crash that had occurred. My first reaction was, they’re here. I tell her to prepare the front office to leave for the day. She was a little surprised. She returns and says a second plane has crashed into the towers, I repeat they are here. She says who? I say the terrorists, seeing what is going on in Israel and all I was not surprised by such an attack. I tell her to clear the waiting room and we should all go home. As I was leaving and walking thru my waiting room to exit I see a couple still seated in the waiting area. The husband had a gemara in his hand and he was seated next to his pregnant wife. I comment on the blessing of seeing she is expecting. They say thank you and tell me that they have 4 girls at home.

I politely tell them that we are finished for the day and they should head home etc…They tell me they have an emergency. I ask what is the emergency? The woman explains that when she closes her eyes she sees a dot. I didn’t think much of it but said ok step inside quickly being my technician is about to leave but still inside. We go in and do a quick test. She tells myself and my technician of a second spot in the top corner that she is seeing.

I immediately charge out of the screen room and approach the patient. I tell her we have an emergency, you need to have 2 surgeries simultaneously. You are hemorrhaging! You need an operation by your eyes and a second one at the same time to remove the baby! I explain that the mother might not survive and the baby might not survive either. I call Monmouth medical and see which surgeons are there. I tell them quick get there now I am arranging things on that side. They say they want to ask a Rabbi What to do. I explain there is no time for that, they need to move NOW! They quickly exit the office. I then do the same and now deal with the events of September 11. I did not hear back from them.

Six months ago,over 15 years later, I see a man in my waiting room and he approaches me. He says do you remember me? I look and say yes but not sure why. He says I was in your office September 11th. I perk up and utter out, is your wife alive? He says yes. I say is the baby alive? He says yes. Now relieved I ask, did you get your boy? He says yes.

I ask what happened that day,how did it go? He says we had an extreme emergency on our hands as you advised. I asked did you make it to Monmouth Medical? He says no, they went to NYC to Columbia. I do a double take and say, on 9-11 you got into the city as it was all going down? While we were under attack? While the city had no access what so ever? He answers yes. He says he called up a Rabbi of his with the details of the situation. The Rabbi somehow instantly arranged a Helicopter to take them into NYC and they were saved.

Three weeks ago I am sitting outdoors with some family having lunch. We were close to the sidewalk and had something on the floor close to the walking path of the sidewalk. Walking down the street is a gentleman with his neck in a brace and his head pointed upwards. He did not see the obstruction and was about to trip on it. We quickly shouted and alerted him. I apologize and ask him about his injury. He starts to tell me how he is a Marine who has survived many dangerous life threatening missions. What happened to him now forced him to retire from the Marines. He explains how a teenager was texting while he was driving and drove into the back of his car. He had several discs damaged in his neck and needed delicate surgery. The Marine goes on and says that he never in his wildest dreams imagined that this would be how his position would end. By a teenager texting! I immediately thank him for his service to our country and ask him to sit down and have lunch with us as a gesture of our appreciation. He joined us. He starts telling about his scary missions. How he would fly these f5 type of jets in Afghanistan.  He is telling us a bunch of stories and then says that of all his days the saddest thing he ever experienced was September 11th. I asked where he was. He says he was in Virginia when he got the call. He was ordered to air patrol NYC. He said this flight normally would take over an hour but he went full throttle and got there in 15 minutes. He was ordered to shoot any unauthorized aircraft in the vicinity of the downtown area. He was describing the sad things he was witnessing as he was hovering in the air at the world trade center. What he saw in the buildings. The people he saw in the building which I will not describe here but you can imagine. As he is saying this, I realize who is in front of me, I stop and ask him a question. I ask, did you see a Helicopter in the sky that day? He shockingly looks at me and says, how can you possibly know that? I tell him I am a Dr. and one of my patients had a medical emergency. I ask him what happened? He says he had orders to take down any and all unauthorized aircraft, he describes how he approached the oncoming helicopter and radioed to them his stern warning- He told them make a 180 right now and get out of this airspace immediately or I am taking you out right now!!! Ready to fire at them he said they told him they have a medical emergency and they show him the pregnant woman. He then says for some reason he made an exception and he flew side by side with them speedily escorting them to the Hospital. He explained to me how close they came to being taken out. Hashem’s hand is so wonderful.

Thank You Hashem – Week 237

  • We want to thank Hashem for granting us an outstanding Pesach in hotels that had excellent Ruchnius and Gashmius put us on the delivery list last minute! Hashem your kindness is so apparent -thank you!
  • We had a break in one of our main water pipes at our house.  Even though the repair is going to be expensive, the plumber told us that it could have been a lot worse.  Thanks Hashem.  Also, my son had a tumor disease in his knee, and it seems to have come back.  We are thankful that it is not something worse like cancer.  In other words, we have a lot on our plate now.  I am grateful to have emunah and bitachon to help me through, and I thank Hashem for sending me these little tests that strengthen my relationship with Him.
  • Last week I needed to go to Brooklyn. I never drove before so I was a little nervous. Once I made it to my destination, I had to circle around for parking and by the time I circled a few times I was lost. I don’t feel so comfortable with parallel parking so it made the parking more challenging. At some point a car was beeping me so I moved over so he could pass me. And then I realized I was in a parking spot!!! (it was near a pump but there was enough parking for me and the pump) Thank you Hashem!! I would have totally passed it if not for the honking. You are amazing!!!
  • Thank you, Hashem!!! I had a beautiful Yom Tov with my in-laws!! It was so relaxing and enjoyable. I feel recharged to continue working!!!
  • Thank you, Hashem, for washing machines so that we can easily deal with the post Yom tov laundry.! Also, we want to thank Hashem for granting us excellent Chol HaMoed attractions!  Moreover, thank you Hashem for superb travel arrangements!
  • Thank you, Hashem, for such a wonderful Pesach! BH we could host a Seder for the first time, it was so nice to have family over, to have cousins around for our kids. Thank you, Hashem, that even though our oven broke while the food was in there the day before Pesach, you could provide us with a new oven a mere 2 hour before the chag started! BH my husband knew of someone who’s in appliances and they had just the right oven in stock and
  • Thank you Hashem I lost a lot of money and a cc number on my table… Thank you Hashem it was very under lots of papers!
  • Thank You, H-shem for the wonderful holiday of Pesach.  It was so wonderful to spend the Sedarim with my family, B”H with children and grandchildren. B’H we also spent time with the family during Chol HaMoed.   In one of the chats it said that if it snows on Pesach it’s a sign that H-shem accepted our Sedarim and He forgave us for our sins, the same way that in the Bet Hamikdash on Yom Kippur the wool turned from red to white, the white snow it’s the same…  Thank You H-shem.
  • Thank you, Hashem, for the beautiful Passover Yom tov my family & I experienced.
  • Wonderful week of Pesach. Was nice to have my parents & kids interacting at the Seder table & sharing ideas & thoughts. And spending some quality time with the family during Chol HaMoed as well. Truly blessed with all the Bracha Hashem showers on us. Thank You, Hashem!!
  • After spending Pesach’s first 4 days in the hospital and missing both Seders I thank you Hashem for past Seders that I could partake in. Also after not being allowed to eat or drink for 2 and a half days I thank you Hashem for the diet peach jello that the nurse found for me to eat. It was like a steak to me. I said bore nefashot like I never did before.
  • Thank you, Hashem, for steering me in the right direction.
  • Thank you, Hashem, for joining in my Seder – I truly felt your presence there.
  • I was driving and looking for parking. I asked Hashem for a spot right on the corner. As I drove, A spot 3 or 4 car lengths down, was open so I start to pull in. My passenger says but you asked for a spot on the corner. I was about to say but this is great, but then said where is my bitachon, keep driving. As I get to the corner the car parked on the corner pulls out and I pull in. My passenger was in awe. Thank you, Hashem.
  • Got a nice call from a new customer and he put in an order practically on the spot. This came from no-where-no-where but straight from the hand of Borei Olam. Chasdei HASHEM.

Thank You Hashem – Week 236

  • Baruch Hashem, I became a kallah this week!!!
  • Thank you, Hashem, for the joy of seeing my kid’s excitement build up as Pesach approaches
  • My friend’s father was niftar, and she is her younger 20’s. Thank you Hashem, I have both my parents. Thank you Hashem I have both my in-laws. I have all my sisters, brothers, brother- in-laws, brothers. I even have a grandfather and a grandmother. Thank you, Hashem!!!
  • Thank you, Hashem, for this beautiful holiday that’s coming up. Thank you for making sure that my family and I have all that we need to enjoy the holiday and our freedom. Thank you for giving us our special guest that are coming all the way from California to spend the holiday with us and enhance our joy. I love you Hashem. May this year be the year we get to bring the true Korban Pesach in Jerusalem. Amen.
  • I was trying to put together outfits for my daughters to wear for my son’s bar mitzvah.  My sister helped me with the dresses, and I really wanted to make necklaces to add some color and flair.  I wasn’t sure if it was necessary to spend the time and money.  My sister “bumped into” the perfect necklace and got them for me and even brought them over.  I couldn’t believe how all the details just “fell into place!”  Thank You Hashem!
  • Thank you, Hashem, for the big sale that you 100% sent to my fingertips, We can try all we want but in truth it’s only coming from Hashem so sit back (obviously must work hard) but it’s all coming from Hashem… like I recently heard from someone your office is a place to work on your bitachon!!
  • Thank You Hashem for the wonderful holiday of Pesach. And putting us in a situation where we are free to practice religion without persecution. Looking forward to spending Yom Tov with my parents as well as all my children, including the married ones. We are truly blessed!
  • Thank you, Hashem, for the greatest Pesach vacation possible. An awesome exciting adventurous trip to my dining room table (moved into living room) with my family by my side. Nowhere else I’d rather be except Yerushalayim enjoying Korban Pesach Bh.

Thank You Hashem – Week 235

  • Thank you, Hashem, for having our son nearby to pick up an order for us.  We didn’t have to leave our home and we didn’t have to shlep the boxes.  Our son did it for us. Thank you, Hashem, for having the keilim mikvah available when I wanted to tovel a number of items.  There was no one else there at the time so I didn’t get in anyone’s way and could tovel undisturbed. Thank you, Hashem, for the gift card that was included with my pay check to help defray grocery expenses for Pesach.
  • Today is my preemie son’s second birthday.  I’m filled with gratitude to Hashem for all the chesed that He bestows.  I just looked at a picture of him in the NICU.  Thank You Hashem!  I’m amazed how far he’s come (bli ayin hora) in these 2 years.  He is basically up to his age level.  Hashem should continue bentching us all with health and bracha and hatzlocha.
  • Thank you Hashem for helping me be completely calm when a student had a meltdown which lasted around a half hour.
  • Friday was my preemie son’s second birthday.  (See below.)I am so filled with gratitude to Hashem when I see my next baby reach milestones (sitting, crawling, eating solids) ka”h, “by herself” without therapists or instructors.  Thank You Hashem!
  • Thank you Hashem for letting me finish learning a book on shaar Habitachon with my daughter. We both learned and grew a lot from it. Thank you for the wonderful time spent with my daughter.
  • Thank you Hashem for giving me the awareness how beautiful I look with a smile on my face. I hope to have this awareness during my regular day-to-day interactions and by difficult moments.
  • Thank you Hashem I have a wedding this week!
  • Thank you Hashem for giving me the Koach on Sunday to clean my house and do lots of laundry. My home fresh!
  • Thank you Hashem for this newsletter! It helps me see positive in every situation.
  • Thank you Hashem  for being able to get my house cleaned with minimal stress! Thank you Hashem for the money to be able to pay for my floor cleaning! Thank you for the beautiful weather today! Thank you for my healthy children!
  • I am thankful that my aunt reached 100 years old last week.  She is still so feisty and full of life.  She has been a great example of how to handle troubles with a sense of humor and bitachon.  Thanks Hashem for giving our family this very special gift.  May all of you reach 120 with joy and health and every blessing.
  • Thank You Hashem I  went shopping today and found what I needed.  That was an accomplishment and now I can take care of other things on my list with Your help.
  • Thank you, Hashem, for sending someone to shovel a path around my home and to dig out my car after a heavy snowfall.
  • Thank you, Hashem, for all the foods we have been able to purchase l’kovod chag  – Matzos, wine, meat, groceries.  We are so blessed.
  • I was about to deal with a detailed situation. I prayed to Hashem and said Hashem I am in your hands and everything suddenly took care of itself on it’s own. Hashem did his magic when I relied on him.
  • Thank you Hashem that I decided not to shovel outside earlier today. I went back out a couple of hours later and your beautiful sunshine did a much better job that I ever could have done. Thank you Hashem.
  • From the archives–To start the story of what happened to me, I want to explain my weekly schedule. I am young guy starting off with 1 boy, every day I work very hard In a business, But I need more resources to bring in money for my family, So I decided months ago I would buy some closeouts and every Sunday morning, I would go to the flea market in New Jersey and bring in some extra cash. One Wednesday I was listening to the weather the forecast was stormy throughout the weekend including Sunday, I thought to myself, the flea market is not an option this week. Suddenly I get a call “hello, I have tons of closeouts want to get rid of now it’s taking up space You could have it for pennies but you must pick up today or I’m just going to throw it out” What should I do I said to myself I didn’t want to lose such deal I decided to take a shot and rent a trailer to pick up the goods. I didn’t really have a place to store it so I left the rented truck in my driveway till Sunday morning. Waking up Sunday morning, I ran to the window, the rain was coming down in buckets.  “I am paying rent on the van anyways It doesn’t hurt to go I have nothing else to do” I said to myself. on the way I stopped for a bagel to bring with me for breakfast. By the time I get to the flea market the rain stopped, But the ground was all muddy and not a person in site, I said might as well eat my bagel,   So I went to were my table was and sat to eat, Couple minutes later someone walked over to me “is this your truck, your towels?” I said yes, he responded “you know I’m on the other side of the market, you are my competition and taking my entire business I’ll buy the entire truck from you how much?” I just thought of a number $4,000 for the truck ,he says “no problem – come please drop to my house” After getting small deposit I dropped the goods to his house and got 4,000 cash Which I wouldn’t have made as much selling one by one. Thank You Hashem


Thank You Hashem – Week 234

-Almost every night my husband and I would sit with my 3 year old son and think of things to thank Hashem for. After almost 3 months we finally finished the entire chart! Thank you Hashem for this special moment. May my son continue to see all the blessings Hashem gives to him every day.

-Thank you Hashem – my missing tests were located.

-Thank you Hashem, we had 2 storms in the last week and we did not lose power.

-20 years ago, I had a struggling business and fell behind on paying my taxes and the government placed liens on my property and wage garnishment of 10% of my salary. Over the course of 20 years the debt ballooned to over $450k. Every day for the past 20 years I prayed to Hashem to remove the burden off of me.

Yesterday, in Hashems great mercy, I received a notice in the mail from the State saying the wages garnishment is over. Thank you Hashem!!   Looking back over the last 20 years, This test brought me much closer to Hashem. The Rabbis teach us that no Tefilah goes unanswered. We might not see it right away. It can take a day, a year , 20 years or a lifetime. But Hashem in his great mercy does answer us. For those of us that are struggling with a situation. My message to you is don’t give up.  Connect to our father in Heaven. And your prayers WILL be answered.

-Thank You, Hashem that I have a wife who loves me, who constantly goes out of her way to show how much she cares for me. Thank You, Hashem for giving me the wisdom of how to treat my wife that she should naturally do so much for me in return.

-Thank you Hashem for this great newsletter!! Thank you Hashem I attended the vort of my brother-in-law whom I made the shidduch! Thank you Hashem I made it to work on time with a calm morning. Thank you Hashem I needed a few babysitters and it was so easy to find someone. Thank you Hashem that I always have time to daven!! Thank you Hashem for looking out for me everyday!!!

-I want to thank Hashem for reminding me that it’s ok to make mistakes.  Sometimes I am way too hard on myself and find it hard to let go of past mistakes.  Once again He helped me find an online shiur that spoke about the fact that Hashem knows that we are not perfect and that we are going to make mistakes.  He loves us despite our faults.  How great is that?  I want to send all of you a bracha that you will feel Hashem’s forgiveness and His love.  Thanks Hashem!!

-Thank you Hashem for being part of such an amazing nation am yisrael. I was at a friends brit last week. After I left and got home I realized something was missing out of my pocket. I right away figured that it probably fell out when I was sitting down at the brit. I made some phone calls to some friends that were there to see if they didn’t leave. B”h my friend was able to go right to where I was sitting since he was sitting right in front of me. He found it and hand delivered it to me. Thank you Hashem for amazing friends and for letting the same friend that was still at the brit be the same friend that knew exactly where to look since he was right next to me. And thank you for making me get back my item that I lost with in a few hours.

-Thank you Hashem!! My daughter got invited and went to a friend so I went on a walk with my son to go to two houses on the block to get something quick. The first house I went to, my son made himself at home and I did too. All of a sudden I thought, maybe I should really call that friend my daughter was at and tell them I’m not home. I called and she told me, “Oh you wanted me to walk her to the house? I sent her home herself.” I panicked and went outside… and she was walking down the block that minute!!! Thank you Hashem!!!!!! I don’t know how long she was walking but Hashem was watching over her!! I love you Hashem!!!

-Thank you Hashem!!! We have been lacking staff for around two weeks and we have been managing amazing!!! Also one staff that was missing was in charge of getting a specific student who doesn’t always come, but she has to wait 15 minutes. Thank you Hashem, I have the opportunity to say Tehillim while I am waiting!!! I love connecting to you!! Thank you for this opportunity because I am so busy that it would never have worked otherwise!! Thank you Hashem!!!

-Thank you Hashem for always watching over us and protecting us. Thank you that my husband only got a flat tire on his way home from work and it wasn’t c’v a car accident or something serious.

-I just parked my car and I was like it’s so cold and I have to go pay the meter… a second later someone knocks on my window and says do you need a parking meter ticket?,  I just bought one but then I found a different spot that doesn’t need a meter ticket. I said ok thank you…Thank you Hashem you gave me a free parking meter ticket! And I didn’t have to go out in the cold!  It was like a sweet hug from Hashem telling me he’s with me every minute.

-Mazel Tov!! My daughter had a healthy baby girl this morning! Mom & daughter are both doing well. Thank You Hashem for all the good you shower on us, all the time!

-Thank you Hashem for the HEALTHY exam results today!

-I turned around for 30 seconds to wash my sons hands and when I turned back around my 2 year old was holding a sharp knife in his hands and putting it in his mouth. Thank you Hashem for protecting him from not getting hurt!

-Thank you Hashem for my tax return that came in perfect timing. For some reason, I had issues with my 2015 tax return and couldn’t reach my accountant way too many times. After much back and forth and calls to the IRS we finally figured out the issue and all was resolved that is 3 years later. The check came perfect timing, when my bank account was at a low and rent was due 9 days before. Hashem is clearly the master planner, holding on to the check and sending it when it was time for me to have it. Thank you Hashem for making it so clear!

Thank You Hashem – Week 233

Thank you Hashem that I have a son-in-law who stayed up all night learning the day of my grandsons bris and he is part of a family that his brother came just to stay with him and learn all night to make it easier for him.. he has his own very large family at home and came here to stay with his brother

-Thank you Hashem for the chesed of letting me enjoy the simcha of the Brit Milah of my first grandchild.

Why do I THANK HASHEM Every day?                                                                                                                     I am not an Orthodox Jew, but do consider myself religious and a proud practicing Jew. I have a wonderful wife of almost 48 years, 3 grown children 8 grandchildren and an angel.  As we know, life is not always the way we would like it to be.  We all have ups and downs.

Today, I have stage 4 cancer, (for about 18 months)  and yet I am grateful for my life.   The cancer, due to medical science and advances in technology is being treated with new drugs, that appears to be working.

No one in their right mind would ever say that they would like to have cancer, however what is the point in staying depressed, angry, and in adding additional stress to my life. Of course I went through these stages and also realized that I had

to change my attitude and accept what I have.   If I stayed depressed and angry, the cancer would surely win, sooner, rather than later.

I know that I do not get to choose the cards that I get to play out of the deck of life, but I do get to choose how I can play them. To think otherwise meant that my life would soon be over.

This choice of how to live our life is the one choice we personally have. It is, as stated by Victor Frankel in “Man’s Search For Meaning” is what we, as Jews have, to choose how to live the life we have.

I am not saying that I want to be in this situation. However, I know that Hashem has a greater plan for me, and I am trying to live my life to the fullest as much as I can.  When I realized this, life did become easier, and joyful again.

Because of the cancer, I have heard really wonderful things both about me, my family, and life in general from people that might have said these things at my funeral or shiva. I have a new perspective on life.  Things that were important

18 months ago, are not all that important.  The toxic people in my life are in my life to get me to appreciate the great people in my life, and the more I focus on the later, the easier it is to get rid of the toxicity.

This means to me that the way I have tried to live my life, and what I have tried to do to help others (doing mitzvot)  has had an impact upon them, and for this I am most grateful.

Have I become more spiritual?  Yes, of course.  I cannot think of going through this chapter of my life without the Rosh of my Support Team, Hashem.

I am truly blessed to have my wife with me every step of the way, she is my rock and the Rosh of my   daily spiritual and physical support team—my women of valor!

Additionally I have the support and love of my children, grandchildren, family and friends to help me on this path.

I have every intention of being called to the Torah at all of my grandchildren’s Bar/Bat Miztvahs, the youngest is 4!

Baruch Hashem

-Thank you Hashem I found so much of what I was looking for when I went shopping today. Thank you for the small inconvenience if going to the wrong address, but still reaching the person I needed by phone and not having to go further.

-Wow thank you Hashem for this email! On Purim night, my daughter woke up not feeling well and I had to clean up after her.I went downstairs to throw out the garbage and noticed the door was unlocked. I locked it and was about to go back to sleep when I thought I heard faint knocking. It was my husband had left the door open for him and I had relocked it! If he had knocked one minute later, I would not have heard him!! Hashem, your hand is in every single minute detail. Thank you for showing me your love!

-Thank you for safe driving all Purim, for being able to maintain a good attitude and for time and willingness to daven on Purim and of course for listening!

-My best friend became a grandpa BH

-Thank you Hashem for making this Purim Safe for me & my family!

-Thank You, Hashem that I’m slowly getting used to reviewing mishnayot on the train without getting so distracted!-Thank You, Hashem that I always get a seat on the train on the way to work to make it easier for me to learn!

-Thank you Hashem for giving me the strength I never knew I had. I love you Hashem

-Thank you Hashem we ended early today from work! I had some time for myself before my kids came home!!

-I have been dealing with anxiety issues for many years and have been asking Hashem for help with this anxiety.  I want to thank Hashem for helping me through each day and for always guiding me to helpful shiurim, sources, etc.  Every day He helps me to see that there is so much in this world to be thankful for, and He helps me to feel loved and supported by Him.  Thanks Hashem  I love you!!

Thank You Hashem – Week 232

-Yesterday, I was getting overwhelmed with all the regular day-to-day things that I had to do, as well as the pre-Purim errands.  I decided I will stop in the cleaners on my way to work to drop off my son’s Purim pants to be checked for shatnez (on the day that the checker comes to the cleaners), so that they will be ready for Purim.  I wasn’t sure which day the checker comes to this cleaners and I was afraid that if I bring them later or another day, they might not be ready in time.  I walked in to the cleaners, and the checker was there!  Since he was standing there, I showed him the pants and asked if they had to be checked; he said that they didn’t!

It was such an inspiration and encouragement!  I felt that Hashem was showing me that He’s with me even though He is sometimes more hidden.

-Thank you Hashem for making the costume season go smoothly for our kids

– I was looking for a recipe to bake cakes for Purim. I have recipes typed up in document of over 100 pages. I have this document saved in my email. My computer was very slow and it didn’t let me download the document, but it let me scroll through the preview. Because my computer was so slow, the words weren’t even showing up on the page yet, it was just a circle going round and round waiting. I had no idea what page the recipe I was looking for was on, and most pages have more than one recipe on it. I mindlessly scrolled through many pages and stopped randomly at page 43, when the page loaded it was the exact recipe I needed!!! Thank you Hashem, I feel like Hashem was sending me a message, as I was stressed out from all I had to do, Hashem is telling me he is holding my hand and will help me get through it with simcha. Thank you Hashem, my whole day is brighter, I feel your love and infinite kindness and am SO happy to share this with others.

-Thank you Hashem for letting me see the beautiful inspiring article about this Thank you Hashem email in the Lakewood shopper

-Thank you Hashem for giving me a position for a new company where you can shower me with Your unlimited bounty and kindness

-Thank you Hashem that me and my whole family are healthy… imagine one artery or one limb wouldn’t work properly what would be … but BH that’s not the case we are healthy 100% healthy that alone is enough to give thanks from here till tomorrow!!!

-Thank you Hashem! I bought a vacuum from BBB last week and was so unhappy with it that I refused to use it. Today, my husband came home with the BBB paper and in it was the vacuum I wanted on sale, for a price I can afford. I ran right over and switched it in! Earlier that day I had a split second of a tefila telling Hashem how a vacuum for me is a necessity as I use it everyday and would really like a better one and only later that day was my merely mouthed tefila answered. Thank you Hashem for teaching me the power of tefila through the need of a vacuum.

-Thank you Hashem, I love my work! I have a great supervisor and co-workers! Thank you Hashem, I have an incredible husband and two beautiful healthy children! Thank you Hashem, my sister just got married last month and my brother- in law just got engaged! I have the best sister in law! Also I currently have two cousins engaged!!! Hashem is so good!

-Thank you Hashem for safe drive to and from airport, for my father staying young even in his old age, for peace of mind to take in the beauty around me

-I had a few occasions to travel in the last month & was watching people getting sick all around me. Baruch Hashem I was well the whole time & only got sick after the last trip! Wow, so much to be thankful for when we’re healthy. I was in bed for almost 2 days straight. & even after that, was lethargic for a couple of more days. Hard to appreciate what we take for granted… until we lose it!!

-Amazing weather on Purim. Didn’t rain until the end of the day when we were at the final stop of the day for the seuda. Thank You Hashem! & also for watching over us… Lots of people out & about & B”H everyone was watched over!!

Took a flight the other week to Chicago for a wedding. Booked tickets with United Airlines new basic economy fare, which does not allow you to choose seats & can possibly seat people separately, even if booked on same itinerary . As it turns out, we got 2 sets of 2 seats together, one set of which was in the economy plus section! On the return flight, we were all seated in one row, all 4 seats in Economy plus!! Thank You Hashem for giving us “plus” service for economy price!!

-Thank you Hashem for all the chesed I witnessed over Purim.

Thank You Hashem – Week 231

  • I was driving back from my kids’ carpool turned onto my block driving a little bit fast when suddenly I saw a cop pulling me over in my rear-view mirror. Right away I kept my cool stayed calm and thought ein od milvado. The cop came to my window asked for license and registration then I realized that I don’t have my wallet since my kids took it out of my pocketbook earlier that morning without me realizing he then said don’t worry I will look up your license, ” did you get any other tickets before” I said no not recently (i last got a ticket a year ago) The cop went to his car for 10 minutes then came back … the whole time I kept thinking Hashem does everything for a reason ein od melvado and stayed calm and kept my cool. When the cop came back he then asked me, do you believe in coincidence…? I asked why. so, he then went on and told me do you remember getting a ticket last year, I said yes last year I had an expired registration which I was not aware of. He then said well do you know the date that you got the ticket … I said no I don’t, He said well that date was 3/6/17 and that so happens to be the same number as my badge he then says i don’t know about you but i think that’s a cool coincidence then he tells me you know what I am just going to let you off with a warning I was so happy I thanked him I couldn’t help but think those 3 special words Ein Od Melvado… if you believe it then Hashem really takes care of the rest. I then realized that there’s no such thing as coincidence there’s only Hashem, and Hashem does everything for a reason. I could have got 2 tickets one for no license one for speeding but clearly Hashem was on my side… when we rely on Hashem he does miracles and saves us from all troubles big and small… THANK YOU HASHEM
  • Thank you, Hashem, for such beautiful weather today. For only, should go to the costume store twice and not more. For every detail that you plan that I don’t even know about
  •  I have tears in my eyes as I’m writing this. Thank you, Hashem, !!  A new employee just started working for our company. 22year old married. First job. He used to go to Rabbi Diamond Kollel. So, I just met him. After hanging up with my Brother in law who was in the Hospital overseeing a procedure for his first Grandson. He asked me to say Tehilim as they were about to start the surgery.   After hanging up, I said Tehilim then turned to the new guy and asked him to pray for Tinok Ben penina. I turned back to him after 10 seconds and saw him with his eyes closed in deep prayer. It told my brother in law later with people like this on our side, Hashem will answer our tefilot. How beautiful is it to see a total stranger praying for someone he doesn’t even know. BH the surgery was a success.
  • This past week my kids were sick with the virus and I washed the linen to try to get rid of some germs and bacteria in the room! I had a mattress protector pad on my 4-year olds bed and being that she was trained at night for a while I decided to put it on my recently trained 2 years olds bed. She was also trained at night and was doing well so far. Well, it came into great use just this Friday night as my 2-yr. old had an accident in the middle of the night. Thank you, Hashem, for making me decide to switch the pad out of all weeks to the other bed and protect the mattress from getting dirty…
  • Thank you, Hashem, for the stunning spring weather, a wonderful relief from the cold. Everything seems so much easier and brighter in the warm sun
  • Sometimes I think that we tend to overlook the simple things in life.  The other day I was leaving the grocery store with a cart full of groceries.  It was a gorgeous day with a bright blue sky, puffy clouds, and a wonderfully scented breeze.  Suddenly, I was overcome with love and gratitude for Hashem.  I stopped right there and thanked Him for all the beauty around me and the ability to enjoy it.  I thanked Him for the ability to buy groceries for my family and for the car to transport them home.  I thanked Him for my family.  The Florida school shooting took place not too far away from my house, and it made me realize anew that every second is precious.  So, I give all of you a blessing that Hashem will protect you and your loved ones, that you will have peace and health, and that you will continue to keep Hashem close to your hearts.
  • Was in the Hospital after pulling an all-nighter and needed to continue to stay. Was going to be tough doing in the waiting room after being up all night so I was looking on my phone for Hotels in the area. I walk back into the room and the nurse says by the way we are arranging a room for you to stay in as long as you need it. It is next door and it is beautiful. Beautiful and spotless clean Baruch Hashem-Thank you Hashem
  • Thank you, Hashem, for the beautiful weather today!
  • Thank you, Hashem, for the cloud cover this morning, so that I would not have to deal with sun glare when I drove.
  • Thank you, Hashem, for my beautiful and healthy grandchildren.
  • Thank u Hashem for giving me just the flu and nothing worse
  • Thank you, Hashem, for giving my kids summer jobs!! YAY!!!!
  • Thank you, Hashem, for this thank you Hashem program!

Thank You Hashem – Special

Thank you, Hashem! This is one of those things that I don’t know where to begin so I will begin with thanking Hashem for the beautiful exciting site of seeing my daughter go into labor at about 4:30 am Friday night. My wife headed to the hospital with them as we had our controlled chaos in the house preparing to get her ready for the car service. I went to shul in the morning and came home to be with my kids and have Shabbat lunch together with them.

I then made the long joyous walk to Maimonides Hospital. Imagining I would be walking into the room greeted with a mabruk it’s a ___.  Baruch Hashem walked into the room and they were still waiting around in the labor room. I was grateful to Hashem that I would be able to be by the birth of my first grandchild. Things were very calm and I decided to maybe go out into the hallway for as stroll, as I was preparing to walk out the Dr. was walking in, she quickly and calmly said, we are ready let’s have this baby and she sent me outside behind the curtain of the room into the hallway. She said in 15 minutes we will have a baby here. I was overwhelmed I couldn’t believe my ears. I am the excited crying type and was flushed with emotion and started praying right there in the hallway like a man on a mission. Things were moving along in the delivery room as I was praying in the hall. Feeling a drop woozy I then remembered reading on our Parasha sheets in Peh Tahor from Rabbi Brezak all about the shehakol campaign and the great shehakol stories from people making the beracha. I called thru the curtain to my wife to send me out a bottle of water, my wife looked for the water and I hear the Dr. say who is the water for? she said for my husband-my wife knows her husband and said don’t ask-he needs the water, and quickly got the water to me. I said a very loud shehakol in the hallway with kavana and within 5 minutes the baby was born without me hearing one sign of discomfort from my daughter Baruch Hashem! She had a baby boy! I danced in the hallway singing Hashem’s praises out loud in front of everyone as I promised Hashem I would do when I hear the news of the baby being born. We were overwhelmed with joy.

We had a great hour or so of Simcha that I am so grateful for-then the nurse comes to us and says she wants the pediatric surgeon to come and speak to us-we were like, who? what? – she said she might see an issue. They explained to us a certain situation that he had but can be corrected. The surgeon came and told us that there was a way to do it with 1 surgery but that was 1 in a million and made a motion with his hands shrugging it off and said I am not even going to talk to you about that option it is 1 in a million and this is not the 1 over here. He then explained the 3-part solution that would require 3 separate surgeries spaced out over 2 or 3 months! We were stunned by the turn of events-worried for what lied ahead but ok knowing he was going to be ok after this strenuous process. Now it was time to get into motion of seeing what to do- Baruch Hashem we are blessed with Rabbis and organizations that words cannot describe that get everything in motion and guide our decisions. I was not happy to have this hospital do this procedure but needed to hear what to do. My mother was the first call, the entire Shabbat I said we need my mother she knows how to react in these situations. She told me call Rabbi Raymond Beyda, I say but I think he only deals with halachic issues, she said call- I did-was great move, I can’t describe how Rabbi Beyda helped thru out the whole process clearly, not sugarcoating anything. He had me get in touch asap with Rabbi Shuki Berman, he said he will email him to take my call right away-before I could call him, my phone rings and its Rabbi Shuki Berman, my mother called him and Rabbi Beyda emailed him. I utter out the long name of what is going on and he quickly says yes, it’s a 3-surgery situation, get him out of this hospital Dr. Rosen is a specialist in this field he is in Long Island Jewish Medical center- give me the word and I will get the transfer to happen-I was stunned- I said I will speak to my family and get back to you. We made several calls and it was unanimous that we must get to this specialist. Everyone’s reaction was the same.

Got the wheels in motion with Shuki Berman. He calls back with instructions to go down to the NICU and what to tell them. This was about 2 am. We followed instructions and they were not eager to let us out. They sat us in a conference room intimidating us and explaining why we will have such a hard time if we leave. The Dr. said there is a 0 percent chance of you leaving in the middle of the night especially on a weekend. The Dr. stepped out to get a chart from the baby. I text Rabbi Beyda the status, he told me to have my wife go in the hall and call the 516 number Shuki gave me and tell them we will handle the ambulance for the transfer, he said this is what holds up the insurance and it will get things going. They will say ok-he said trust me this will do it, go. My wife was nervous about going into the hall and calling but Hashem took care of it. The door opens with a nurse standing there with a phone in her hand and says, if you will handle the ambulance I can approve the transfer right now-is that ok? we were like-ok we approve…Baruch Hashem.

About an hour later there we were on highways driving to this Hospital in Long island and my son in-law says to me- That Dr. said 0 percent of leaving in the middle of the night. Here we are-we get there and it is a different world. We are greeted with smiles and told we know this is a difficult time for you but we are going to do anything to make it as pleasant as possible.

Everything going nicely and in order over here. The surgeon speaks to us and tells us the same 3 surgery process and then mentions the possibility of the 1 surgery if they physically see a certain step taken by the baby. I said the other hospital said it is 1 in a million, do you think this can happen? He says I think it is possible. Wow- we had an opening of hope. As time was progressing we were not seeing this step by the baby. My son in-law asked the Dr. what if the step is happening inside but just not showing outside can we do it, to that they replied sorry but no. A few hours later my son in-law calls me and tells me the surgeon just called him and said that she is not going to be performing the surgery that a different surgeon is taking over. I said no way I am calling the Surgeon and telling her, we escaped and came here in the middle of the night for you, not to be handed off. I was ready to push hard. Before calling I call Shuki and tell him what happened so he can help on his end. He asked who is the new surgeon and I tell him his name and he quickly says this is a Beracha from Hashem- he is the chief surgeon there! You have been upgraded, he is the teacher for the other surgeon and he is her elder and has much more experience, do not call the hospital. Thank you, Hashem, for controlling me.

That night in the room we ask the nurse if she thinks there is any chance of the 1 surgery even though they did not physically see this step? She politely said sorry but it seems like we are doing the 3-surgery process, so sorry. The next morning, the day of the surgery me and my wife were in the room with the new surgeon and his team. You can see he was the real deal. They begin to give us information and they say there is a chance they can do the 1 surgery procedure but he will not know for sure until they are in the surgery. If not, he will have to switch to the 3-surgery option. I thought I was hearing things. We all agreed to go for it. We couldn’t believe it, he was willing to do it even though he did not physically see the step the other surgeon needed to see. He said it is close enough on the inside that he is confident even without physically seeing it.

Hashem sent this experienced surgeon to us against our will for him to have the knowledge needed to go for the 1 surgery process without physically seeing it. Hashem is pushing all the buttons. I was with my son in-law many hours straight but when the surgeon called him I happened to not be there. I would have probably got on the phone and begged her to stay and do the surgery. Hashem had me call Shuki before calling the surgeon and he gave me the information on the new surgeon and stopped me from possibly ruining everything.

We were all praying so hard for the surgeon to be masliach and able to do it with the 1 surgery option. Before the surgeon left the room, I told him how hard we have been praying to do this 1 option that we were told was 1 in a million. I told him how highly Shuki spoke of him and how happy I was that he is the surgeon. I then told him how I am praying for him to be successful with this and all his surgeries. I told him there is a G-d that is in control and we are his messengers. He was very accepting and jokingly said I hope I can live up to your expectations. I said me too!!

Surgery begins. Our most awesome family behind us all the way. Tefilot all over by so many of our caring out of this world people, sedaka being given all around, learning Torah all around. Our people are so wonderful. Hashem somehow had me and my son in-law accidentally end up by the Lubavitcher Rebbes Kever and were zocheh to pray there. Hashem blessed me with such a group of friends, my phone did not stop with messages and calls. Even if I could not take the calls you have no idea how much they helped. I had/have a friend guiding me the whole way thru serious portions of this and non-sense as well- I am blessed to know such a person who is always there for me. Always. Intense praying thru out the surgery. The surgeon returns with the great news of Hashem’s kindness that he could do it with the 1 surgery. He told us of hashgacha that went on in the operating room how he there happened to be another surgeon he needed in the room that stepped in to help with a certain process. Hashem pushes all the right buttons for us. I stepped aside to call our worried family and friends. I am walking around the lobby and see my son in-law and daughter inside the gift shop giggling and looking at the toys and stuffed animals for their new baby, this was a magical moment for me-the page being turned seeing the new parents able to enjoy the Simcha of being blessed with a baby. I was so worried about them being stripped of that joyous pleasure so this was a tearful breath of fresh air for me to see. I rushed and bought my new grandson the stuffed singing doll they were looking at. Hashem is so great to us and guides us so perfectly. Thank you, Hashem, for my first healthy Grandson-Bh he should make you very proud! Serving you Bisimcha with 120 Happy and Healthy years.

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