Thank You Hashem – Week 193

There is a Midrash that relates :

Two men  met a poor blind man who needed help.

One of the men gave him Tzedakah and the other didn’t.

Later, they met the Angel of Death who told them that their time in this world had expired, but the one who gave Tzedakah

would have years added to his life.

The other man said, “Please, let me have another opportunity

to give Tzedakah.” But the angel said, “it’s too late.”

The man said, “Okay, but before you take my soul, allow me one last opportunity in this world to thank Hashem for all that he did for me.

When the Angel of Death heard those words, he said,

“I no longer have permission to take you.”

 

  • I know I’m late but better later then never. Thank you Hashem for giving us a beautiful yom tov like Pesach. A time when we can pause for a moment and realize how fortunate we are to be your children. Thank you Hashem that yom tov went through so nicely and so enjoyable.
  • Thank you Hashem for saving my father from a serious cardiac arrest situation. He woke up with terrible pain and started to loose his breath. Hatzolah came right over and literally saved his live with Hashems help. We should also be thankful to Hashem for giving us such a wonderful organization like Hatzolah and we should also appreciate their members for taking away from their busy time to help people at no charge whatsoever
  • So many things to be thankful for every minute of every day it’s hard to choose! Thank you Hashem for protecting us when we switched lanes without realizing there was a car in the blind spot in the next lane. B’h my husband caught himself at the last minute and no one got hurt.
  • I was about to purchase a gift certificate for a gift for someone at a certain store. For some reason I changed my mind about it and got something else. Whenever I drive by the store I always think to myself why didn’t I get the certificate it would have been a great gift. Today I drove by and saw that the store has closed down. I would have lost all the money. Thank you Hashem.
  • Thank You Hashem for giving us challenges with which to raise ourselves..! if not for them – how would we grow? We would sleep all of our lives and wake up in the next world with little.. chas veshalom! As R’ Ezriel Tauber pointed out – he teaches people of all different groups with hardships, such as widows, spinsters, childless – and they are finally sitting in his speeches – at first they are angry about their situation but as the time goes on and they’ve been to enough lessons on real Emuna as every Jew is obligated to learn – they become amazing, happy humans. And he says – if not for the difficulty – would they have even gone to these classes? They would go on with their lives as they were.. Thank You for the real mercy you show! That the whole world is light and we have the game to find it beyond our own shadows.. Thank you for waking me this morning and believing in me that I can pass everything in life  and with happiness!!
  • Thank you Hashem for guiding me in the right direction in some decisions I needed to make.
  • Bought a home warranty plan last fall. Had an issue before Pesach with my double wall oven that bottom oven errored out on self clean mode before completing. Ordered service thru the warranty plan & it turns out that it needed a new fan, which GE doesn’t produce any more because it is a 16 year old model. So warranty company just replaced my old oven with a brand new one! & because the new model is under manufacturer warranty for a year, my monthly premiums are going down for a year until they need to cover it again!!! Thank You Hashem for such an amazing deal!( On a side note, if anyone wants to look into getting such a warranty plan, if you use the following link & sign up, we both get a $25 gift card to Amazon. https://refer.ahsfriends.com/s/v5hne I am very happy with the service & it is a great value for anyone that has aging appliances) (would not recommend it for people who have relatively new appliances, as premiums might cost more than repairs).
  • How amazing it is to be Hashem’s children. Everyday in this world is a gift and everything Hashem created was for our benefit. The more I think about it the more I realize how many miracles surround us everyday. Thank you Hashem for everything I’m so great full.
  • Thank you Hashem for the beautiful note my daughter left for me in work.
  • Somebody in a class last night mentioned how terrible he felt when someone failed to give him a nice greeting, or any greeting at all for that matter. I want to thank Hashem for the most pleasant wonderful words that a person said to me today. It really gave me a lift to hear such nice words. Right after this conversation I get out of my car and bump into someone I did not see in a very very long time that lives in Monsey. I was able to react and give him a special warm greeting, he actually grabbed me and hugged in the middle of the street after my greeting to him. My reward for this misvah was another misvah. He mentioned to me about a family that he was trying to help out and I was able to participate in this misvah. We should all recognize the power and importance of a kind nice greeting to someone and the importance of a kind nice word to someone especially during the days of the Omer.

Thank You Hashem – Week 192

  • The day after Pesah my family and I went to Costco to stock up on Hames. Afterwards we all were unloading our load into the back of our minivan when the car directly opposite us starting backing up and suddenly starting speeding right into us!!! My entire family was in his path when he finally short stopped less then 5 feet away from us. I can’t thank Hashem enough for protecting us from any harm… All of our lives are indebted to You Hashem!
  • Today our housekeeper switched jobs and we are being challenged. Thank you Hashem who is always so kind that she left this week – after Pesach and not before…. and we trust that Hashem has only the best in mind for us and will help us find a suitable replacement. I love you Hashem!
  • Thank you Hashem for giving me my beautiful healthy children !
  • Wow! What a week it has been!! Engagement party Sunday night, wedding of good friend’s daughter Monday night, wedding of niece Tuesday night & Sheva brochos Wednesday night! Wedding of a friend’s daughter Thursday night. All that is on top of all the other brochos Hashem showers upon us. Including 2 days of Rosh Chodesh!! Thank You Hashem for everything!!!
  • Thank you hashem for always showing us Chesed. What an amazing feeling knowing that the king of kings is taking care of my family and all of klal yisrael.
  • Thank You HaShem for letting me be part of Bnei Yisrael the best people on earth… it’s the biggest zechut ever I could never thank You ​enough!!
  • My wife was cooking for Pesach, and as she was about to add an ingredient on to her roast, she double checked the product (as she always does) and it stated “may contain wheat or soy” so she examined the product further and realized that it was not kosher for Pesach. This item was purchased at a “Passover store” where all the items was supposed to be kosher for Pesach! We called up the store and they said they were aware of the problem and removed the product from the store. I began to wonder how many people may have bought this product, and didn’t feel the store was taking the necessary steps to inform the customers of the error, so I decided to send out a group text to my Shul list. And lo & behold someone responded that they cooked the food with this product and thanked us for the text before he would have eaten these foods on Pesach! Thank you Hashem from saving us from eating this non Pesach item. Thank you for saving us from not ruining our very large roast. Thank you Hashem for helping us prevent others from eating non kosher for Pesach food.
  • Thank You Hashem for putting the beautiful ideas and words of divrei Torah into my mouth when I was called upon to speak.
  • Thought I had a major issue ahead of me with a broken printer. For some reason I decided to try and change the toner and see what happens and it suddenly came back to life. Even though it was printing fine earlier and not in need of a toner change. Thank you Hashem for making it so simple.
  • Thank you Hashem for sending me an order from such an unlikely place.
  • I love the world .
  • Thank you Hashem that I was able to be a good listening ear for someone who needed someone to talk to.
  • My father inlaw was at Shop and Stop and saw a wagon in the lot that had a pocket book in it. He went and took it so he can find the owner. He opens it up and finds the persons name and searches and sees the person lives a few block away from him. My wife calls up the person ad it is an elder lady. My wife tells her that her father found a pocket book. The older woman starts crying and tells her that she is on the other phone with the police, she is panicking that she has all her credit cards and the like in there and did not know where to start or what to do. My wife gave her the address to come and pick it up. She pulls up with a police car behind her. My father inlaw goes outside and returns the pocket book. The woman is crying and can’t stop thanking him. The police tell my father inlaw there should be more people like you, this is unheard of. They are not used to people returning items like this I guess. This was a great kidush Hashem. The woman tried to give my father inlaw a reward but he refused. Kidush Hashem is priceless. Thank you Hashem
  • I had to call a customer with a question. He also happened to have an outstanding invoice but I didn’t want to mention it at this time. On his own he says by the way I have the check for you do you want me to mail it? Thank you Hashem.
  • (from the archives)  Rabbi Greenfeld told us at the first day in Yeshiva in Lakewood where he is principal, a father came over to him and told him he gets a mazel tov and he wants to tell him about it, he cleared time and went over to the father and the father says I get a mazel tov we had a baby girl..he tells him that 17 months ago my wife found out she was a match for a liver to donate and she went ahead and did the liver donation, at the hospital the doctors told her she can not have children for 6 months after the procedure, she sighed and said I haven’t been able to have children for the past 11 years!!! 15 months later she is holding a baby girl!! Hashem says you

Thank You Hashem – Week 191

  • Thank You H-shem for Pesach where we appreciate how You take care of us everyday through miracles “nature” that You control. Thank You for giving us such beautiful weather during Yom Tov and Hol Hamoed to enjoy Your world with the family. Pesach is the holiday of Thankfullnes. Thank You for giving us the understanding to know that everything is You and You are everywhere and in everything. We pray to You to make this knowledge be known to all the Jewish People and to all the people in the world.
  • Thank you Hashem for giving me and my family quality time together. Chag was so nice and full of mitzvot so we can get closer to you. Thank you for our freedom. Proud to be a Jew.
  • THANK YOU HASHEM for making me find the cutest apartment where I wanted with the cutest neighbors and landlords and conveniences I need, plus much extra room for guests, which I didn’t dare hope for..
  • Thank You for making me feel so good, for a great Chag and Family, for appreciation and things working out.. Thank you for love and light, for teaching me that this moment is the only one which matters, thus there are no real problems which I cannot either deal with or accept in this moment – i/e there are no “problems” at all.. Thank you for choosing us to be your nation and making me a part of it, for loving us so much and giving us the Chagim to raise us.. for being Pose’ach on our defilements and raise us at once by shortcut out of love to the greatest hights on Pesach – without taking our original level into consideration.. I love You!!
  • Thank You Hashem for this Simcha Thank You’s which are a great reminder to thank You!
  • Not judging anyone who travels and went away for Pesach, everyone has their own individual needs and should do what’s best. I just want to say, if it was free to go away on any of these exotic pesach trips and it costed thousands to stay at home at my dining room table having a seder with my family- I would gladly pay the thousands for these priceless moments. Thank you Hashem for the special chag enjoyed together with my beautiful family.
  • I was away out of town and decided I needed to extend the trip and stay an extra day or two. I called the airline to make the change and was expecting to get hit with hefty change charges and penalties. I was shocked to hear that I was actually getting a refund of 100 dollars. The penalty was applied and then the new airfare. The new airfare was on special and I made money on this change of plans, a very rare occurrence. Thank you HASHEM
  • My son ate something he was allergic to, BH without any major allergic reaction. Thank you Hashem, and Thank You Hashem for me not being allergic. I was able to eat whatever I wanted without any reaction.
  • Thank u Hashem for giving us such a beautiful holiday. And perfect weather . We couldn’t have asked for more !
  • So much to be grateful for – and what a better time than the Chag of Pesach to help us realize how much we have to be grateful for!!!! Thank you Hashem for a joy-filled and beautiful Chag! Don’t even know where to begin! Thank you Hashem for saving my sisters from danger this afternoon. Thank you Hashem for an inspiring speaker that I listened to the other night. It was just what I needed to hear! 🙂
  • So much to Thank Hashem for over the Holidays. B”H had a wonderful time with the family & were able to spend quality time. & amazing weather as well. Thank You Hashem!!
  • Thank you Hashem for making the hectic preparations for the seder all come together so nicely. Such a great holiday to enjoy celebrating your greatness. A celebration of our freedom to serve and come close to you Hashem.

Thank You Hashem – Week 190

  • Thank you Hashem for the wonderful gift that I just received from my father. Greater than the gift itself was seeing how happy my father was to give it to me. I truly believe he was happier to give it, than I was to receive it. Hashem should bless both my parents with wonderful health and happiness for many many years.
  • Our 8th Grade class of Magen David 1967 (Yes 1967!) had its 50 Year reunion last week. (If not for a shiva and an illness EVERYONE in the class attended) Imagine a banquet room full of ‘kids’ over 63 years old reminiscing and telling school stories from so long ago like it was yesterday! It was an amazing night of joy, uncontrolled laughter, and happy tears – WHAT A BERACHA that this special group of classmates have stayed close for so long. Each classmate recorded a video which was played at the event with a collection of old photos, memorabilia, and nostalgia. THANK YOU HASHEM FOR THIS WONDERFUL BLESSING
  • I completed a vacation rental and the website kept emailing me to send in a review. Apartment was great but the way the owner handled an issue we had didn’t sit good with me so I said to myself don’t shamble the guy better to say nothing. They kept pushing for a review over and over so I said I will take the high road and leave him a review without mentioning the issue and give him a positive review. Believe it or not he actually responded negatively towards me and had the nerve to insult me. This bothered me very much. At first sometimes things seem bad but Hashem is always in control. Only because of his negative reply to me did I remind him of our situation that he didn’t handle properly. He then responded with lies about how he did take care of it. At that point I sent it in as a complaint to the site with all the clear proofs for them to see in our messages while I was at the apartment so there was no hiding for this guy. All the messages have times and dates so they can see clearly that the issue was not taken care of like he claimed. Because of his negative reply I was refunded 350 dollars. Thank you Hashem. Lesson, always try to speak positively; his negative view costed him $350.
  • Both of my children’s birthdays this week! Thank you Hashem for healthy children that bring us so much nachat!
  • Thank You Hashem that my dear friend has a treatable condition. And for giving myself, and husband insight to slow down, and take it easy this year.
  • Thank You HaShem for letting me thank You even though its only a tiny drop compared to what You give me… I could never thank You enough!’
  • I sold something that I had in my house‎ on amazon. I went to get the item to ship it to the customer but it was the wrong color then what I had listed on amazon. I was a little frustrated because now I have to contact the buyer to see if he wants to switch or cancel his order which can hurt my seller ratings. I said ill do it tomorrow. Later that day I get a message from the customer that he was looking at the item that he purchased and he decided that he doesn’t like the color that he chose, if there’s any chance to switch the color to an ivory color. This was exactly the color that I had in my house!! Now I’ve sold many items on amazon before and NEVER did a buyer ask to switch the color of his purchase until now! Clearly yad Hashem!
  • Thank you Hashem for helping us get through all the cleaning and all the bills for the holiday. We couldn’t do it without your help’  
  • Thank you Hashem for always being there for us. Holidays right around the corner and b”h how it all comes together. While we worry how we will get everything done or how we will pay for everything. Hashem as it all figured out and the plan is in motion. It’s amazing to see how every little detail is cared for. Amazing 
  • Thank you Hashem for helping my brother so he can make it and come to us for pesach. Looking forward. Thank you for everything Hashem.
  • I needed to call a person regarding a needed repair early in the evening. He is a not so religious type of great guy. The next morning he followed up with me and told me that the first thing he did when he woke up today was to try and take care of my problem. I told him that the first thing a person should do everyday when he wakes up, is thank HASHEM that he woke up today. Not everybody woke up today and we should be grateful and thank Hashem that he is alive and able to live another day. We then had a nice talk about the tefila of Modeh Ani. He then tells me of a co-worker of his that was 62 years old, strong and in great health, that traveled to see his daughter in Florida. He said his friend went to the chair and dozed off to take a nap and never woke up-lo aleinu. He started giving me a shmuz about appreciating waking up and appreciating life. Thank you Hashem for this talk with this man. I think we both benefited greatly from it.

Thank You Hashem – Week 189

  • Thank You HaSh-m for showing us at the time You know is right whatever information You show us! Like the numbers that Thank You HaSh-m list showed!
  • Thank You HaSh-m for Your inspiration You give us!!
  • We love You HaSh-m!!
  • thank you Hashem  all 3 of my kids went to school today only slight resistance… manageable always a good day when they all get off to school in the morning!
  • WOW! To the wide readership out there!!!….Never even knew that there were Jewish people living in these places…..How much more so must I be to Thank Hashem publically as now I get a tiny glimpse into the ramifications it creates!   Chodesh Tov to all! Thank you Hashem for a wonderful Chodesh Adar – and for the opportunity to live another month. Thank you!
  • I don’t usually drive to my office.

I get a ride to work every day.

On the morning of March 23rd, I had to make the trip by myself.

Though there were predictions of much snow the precipitation in our area quickly became sheets of ice.

I met one of those sheets of ice on route 18 North.

Neither my car, nor I expected the resulting skid. The car began skidding and I, apart from being quite frightened, tried to remember those things I had learned years ago; “Steer in the direction of the skid, don’t use the brakes “.

I wasn’t doing too well. At one point I was facing the guard rail. I wondered how it would feel going right through that divider. Would the car be stopped at that point or, would we just continue falling?

I thought of my wife, my children and my mother.

The car continued to be uncontrollable, round and round we circled. Items were flying around in the car. OK, so this is it, I thought. I wondered if I would see my father who had passed away years ago. He was never too comfortable with my ability to drive. I expected an “I told you so”.

Without much time left it became obvious that someone else had begun to “pilot “the car. I had acquired a “co-pilot”. He was good. Obviously, he had some experience saving people’s lives.

With no assistance from me, we came out of the skid. We ended up facing the traffic on the highway. Miraculously, we were not hit by any of the cars driving in the other direction.

Thank you, G-d, for being my co-pilot!

  • I was working on a sale with a customer. I followed up with them and it looked bleak. I davened and thought of a different approach to take with them. Baruch Hashem it looks like it has worked. Thank you Hashem for introducing this idea to me.
  • Thank you Hashem for guiding me and my family on the right path of life. A life of Torah.
  • Before going on a family vacation I received a notice in the mail that was going to represent a great amount of stress to deal with. I chose to push it aside and deal with it when I returned. I came back and called up to deal with it. The person on the phone said to ignore the notice, everything has been taken care of and is cleared. Thank you Hashem. This was a great feeling.
  • Thank you Hashem for giving me nachat. I was turning the corner walking to shul and timing was perfect. One of my sons Rabeim met me right on the corner and spoke so nicely to me about my son. Thank you Hashem for all of my wonderful children, may everyone see great nachat from all of their children.
  • Appreciating Hashem for our good health, which we often overlook until things change for the worse. Thank You Hashem for our day to day health.
  • Thank You Hashem for the zechus of going to a morning shiur before davening given by the Rav on the 10th anniversary of the Shiur!!
  • I went out of my way greatly in order to perform a chesed. Hashem has sent me a very nice gift as a result of me doing this chesed and being at that place at that moment. Thank you Hashem.
  • (from the archives)   was in my office having a conversation with someone about Hashem , they said that they believe in Hashem but do not believe that Hashem is involved with every little minor thing in the world, they said I believe Hashem is involved in wars and big things like that but I do not believe Hashem cares whether or not I can lift my finger like this or not…sorry I just do not buy it, the big stuff fine but if I can lift my fingers is not on Hashems list of things to do..fine- not more than 3 hours later this person calls me up all excited-they tell me you are not going to believe this, I got a cut,was bleeding and had to come to the emergency room- I am sitting right now in the cubicle they put me in here at the emergency room, and they come to the guy in next cubicle and ask him whats the matter? and he says- “I am trying to move my fingers and I can not, they do not move no matter how much I try”…this person saw clearly the greatness of Hashem-wow!
  • Thank you Hashem for the wonderful world of SHABBAT

Thank You Hashem – Week 188

  • About a month ago, I was making Sheva berachot for a friends daughter whom we are close to. I saved four hundred dollars on the side to pay for the Simcha. 5 days before got a call from my sons Yeshiva that my 5 yr old son fell & needed stitches on his forehead. So I Picked him up and went to Dr. They said it was very deep needed a plastic surgeon. So we went to the surgeon she said she doesn’t accept my insurance and I need to pay out of pocket. When she was done she presented me with a bill for $400. So I gave her a posted dated check for two days from then. I got home and told my wife that we didn’t have money to buy food and necessities for the Sheva berachot. She said no worries Hashem will send. Two days passed and the check was going in and we needed to prepare. My phone rings and I see it’s from a friend. He proceeds to tell me that he was going over his accounts and he never paid me commission for once referring a relative to him a few years back & that I should come pick up a check for $400 which is sitting on his desk. Baruch Hashem!
  • Thank you Hashem for giving me the unexpected Zechut to be a sandak for my nephew this last week!
  • Thank you Hashem for zechut to emulate you collecting money for yetomim & almanot
  • Thank you Hashem for being able to have 2 guests who are here from Israel this week.
  • The other day I was driving and accidently the passenger door in the front seat wasn’t closed properly and flew open while I turned a corner. B”H the passenger was belted in – and wasn’t leaning on the door. B”H there were no cars parked on that side of the road which the open door would’ve smashed, nor were there people on the street who would’ve been hit…… Thank you Hashem for this gigantic open miracle and the zillions of miracles that I don’t get to see each and every day. I love you so much Hashem!
  • I was on my way to visit a friend in the Hospital. On my way he calls me and says did you leave Brooklyn yet? I say I am on the fdr drive already, why? I figured he was going to say that he needed a ride for someone. He answers, do you have an extra kippah in your car? I say why?- he says the man in the next bed sharing his room is 91 years old. He just put on tefilin together with him for the 1st time in 56 years!!! He said the man was crying like a baby. He said he has my kippah and said he does not want to take it off, he wants to keep it on and wear a kippah! Mi KiAMECHA Yisrael. I get to the hospital and my friend is not in his room , I call him and ask where are you? he says quick come meet me I am doing bikur cholim visiting someone on the other side of the floor. Some people are very special Baruch Hashem.
  • Thank you Hashem for the court case was dismissed and thank you Hashem that I am a Jew and you are always patient with me. I love you my father the king
  • Heard a couple of people close to me are doing better with recovering from illnesses. Thank you H-Shem for healing them and thank you H-shem for my and all of am yisroel’s health.
  • Thank you Hashem for giving me a good day !
  • Thank You Hashem for all of the unique opportunities You give us to show You how much we love You!
  • Pidyon , a Brit milah, Bar Misvah and wedding all in the same week Baruch Hashem. As I type this I am noticing the link of these simachot-How wonderful is Hashem. Thank you Hashem
  • Thank you Hashem. You protect me from the hackers that are on my Mac who have not left me alone.
  • I know they are abusing my privacy but I thank you Hashem for giving me courage to be strong in the face of adversity.
  • A special note from 7 year old Malka Hirth A”H “I sing to Hashem, I thank you for my life, even though I would like it to be different, I know he has a plan for me, the best possible plan” she said on the way to the emergency room. Malka was niftar This year. May this be a tremendous zechut for her.
  • As always, there is so much to thank Hashem for. I would put high up on the list that my father is pretty much ok after falling down the stairs Motzei Shabbos & hitting his head & going unconscious. Was rushed to the hospital & had a couple of CAT scans & Baruch Hashem all looks good. A few stitches & stayed for the night in the hospital, but all looks good now & back to normal. C”V, could’ve been a lot worse.
  • My son went to Far Rockaway for Shabbos & was a whole “to do” figuring out hot to get him there. Thank you Hashem for arranged to have a Lakewood resident in Lawrence for Shabbos & they were able to hook up & got a ride home quickly & easily. & it turns out the person giving the ride is a friend I know from yeshiva more than 35 years ago!
  • Thank you Hashem for the beautiful weather forecasted for Shabbos. Looking forward to Pesach & warmer weather. Spring is always a beautiful time & we should appreciate what comes with it. Thank you!
  • Thank you Hashem for the excitement of Pesach slowly building up. May we greet Mashiach and enjoy Korban Pesach this year Bh.

Thank You Hashem – Week 187

  • Thank you Hashem I am zoyche to make a bar mitzvah for my son and have a bris for a new son in same week.
  • Was about to pay for shipping back a return. I made a quick call to get instructions and they offered to email me a free shipping label. Thank you Hashem.
  • Thank you Hashem that I was able to walk out of my car just after a major accident with bH a little bump. Chasdai Hashem
  • THANK YOU H-SHEM FOR EVERYTHING !!!! THANK YOU FOR MAKING AN OPEN MIRACLE THIS MORNING. I WAS GETTING THE CAR TO DRIVE THE RABBI TO A BRIT MILAH AND IT WAS SNOWING SO FOR SOME REASON I PRAYED TO H-SHEM PLEASE PROTECT ME WITH THE DRIVING AND THEN AS I AM DRIVING TO PICK UP THE RABBI I DIDN’T REALIZE THE LIGHT WAS RED FOR ME SO I WENT THRU IT; A TAXI WAS COMING FROM THE LEFT (HE HAD A GREEN LIGHT) I STOPPED MIDWAY THRU THE INTERSECTION I MISSED HIM BY CENTIMETERS. B”H NOTHING HAPPEN TO ME OR TO HIM OR TO EITHER CAR. BESIDES THIS MIRACLE H-SHEM IS ALWAYS DOING HIDDEN MIRACLES FOR US AND OUR FAMILIES EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF OUR LIVES.
  • I was driving with my son in the car to do some shabbat errands. I started talking to him about chesed. Of how we have to run after the chesed when the oppurtunity comes. To grab the chance to do the chesed and help people out. A few moments later we are getting into the car from one of the stores and there is a Rabbi and his wife standing on the sidewalk in the middle of a side street. They start to ask where I am driving. I sense they are in need of a ride and start to tell them to get in I would love to drive them. They try to get me to tell them the direction I am going to see if they are taking me out of the way. I suddenly recognize the Rabbi to be someone from out of town that was sitting next to me a week earlier at a sheva berachot. I also had a hunch this Rabbi was sleeping by my sister and brother inlaws house that week. I now know his neighbor hood and tell them I am going towards that direction. (was true because I was going to go wherever they needed) – they get in the car and lo and behold it was the same Rabbi I was thinking of. Even more co-incidental is that my other brother inlaw had a similar story and also ended up giving a ride to this same Rabbi.
  • Was walking home from around the block thru a backyard shortcut with my hands full and a cup of coffee in one of them.  I saw a patch of ice and quickly realized I had better step carefully lest I fall and no one would even see me.  Lo and behold next thing i knew I hit the ground with a thud, spilled the coffee all over myself and was stunned and dazed – but I fell on my tush and ended up quite sore but whole – Thank you Hashem for sparing me a serious accident and a disastrous situation. !
  • Thank you Hashem for the thank you Hashem emails… I get caught up in the small or imaginary problems and sometimes forget to say Thank you for the real BIG Blessings that Hashem is constantly providing!
  • Thank You Hashem, That I had amazing purim and keeping me & my family safe!
  • Baruch Hashem my close friend came out of a surgery needing to do much less than expected chas vishalom. The days leading up to the surgery he was bi simcha-Happiness – I spoke to him about being happy  and was ready to give him a pep talk and he jumped in and interrupts and says, I AM ALWAYS HAPPY! If I am out of the hospital I am happy and if I am in the hospital I am happy, it is no different. My Rabbi said over that Esther did not start the revolt against Haman at the first seudah with Achashveirosh. Why not? The Megilah says that Haman was sameach-he was happy that he was invited to be by a seuda with the King and Queen. When a person is happy he can not be harmed,even a big wicked rasha like Haman will not be harmed while bisimcha! Only at the 2nd seuda was Esther able to mention to Achashveirosh about Haman. My Rabbi heard my friends response to me and said –If Haman was speared because of simcha, for sure my special sadik friend who is happy in his hospital bed will be saved with the surgeons not having to remove anything that we thought. Hashem is great .
  • Thank you Hashem for a winter blizzard that closed down the office & hardly affected me at home (Lakewood). Best of both worlds!
  • Went skiing with my sons, who were both off from Yeshiva on the same day (different yeshivas). Got to spend some quality time with my kids & B”H everything went well getting there & going back.
  • Flew to Charlotte on a really packed flight. I think there was only one empty seat on the whole plane, right next to me! Thank you Hashem!!!
  • Had a really enjoyable Purim & had a great seuda with the family. Although it was cold, it didn’t SNOW!!!! Thank you Hashem for everything~~~
  • Thank You Hashem for the wonderful freezing weather!! I’m sure there are TONS of benefits to us that we don’t even realize. & Thank You Hashem for giving us options for controlling the temperatures indoors so we can warm up as needed!!
  • Thank you Hashem for another great week!
  • It was a beautiful and safe Purim – B”H.-This morning I overslept and was going to be late for work. I texted a co-worker to let her know and she responded that due to a technical problem the facility will open an hour later and hence all the staff have the extra hour, free!!! 🙂 Hurray! Thank you Hashem!

Thank You Hashem – Week 186

  • Thank you Hashem for allowing me to be zoche to walk my daughter to the chupah and enjoy a wonderful wedding with my family. Thank you Hashem for the wonderful Husband you sent to my daughter. We are so grateful to you.
  • Thank you Hashem not only for the holiday of Purim but for the special excitement and feeling of joy leading up to it.
  • My great friend visiting from Israel calls and asks me if I can help him find a special set of pidyon haben coins that come from Israel for his friends upcoming Pidyon. I made a few calls to the local judaica stores and found out it is only available in Israel and they do not carry them here. I relayed the message and told him I will get him the regular silver coins but he insisted that he really really wanted these. I said what can we do, they are not available. He said no, lets keep checking. My wife just happens to mention that a close friend of ours just went to Israel to see her children in Yeshivah. We made arrangements to get the coin set to her in Israel and she was kind enough to do the chesed and bring them back to New York. Amazing how when there is a will Hashem makes it happen. He was determined to get this person that type of set and Hashem made it all fall together perfectly. Thank you Hashem and of course thank you to the shaliach of this misvah in bringing it home on time for the pidyon.
  • Thank You HaShem for giving us Purim and the Mitzvot of Purim and unlike the goyim, instead of being selfish and only caring about ourselves, we give unlimited money to the poor people… Mi Keamcha Yisrael.
  • Thank you Hashem for another wonderful week! I heard this week that the regular routine hum drum day to day life is the greatest blessing – so here I am another week has gone by and it was filled with so much good and so much joy – B”H.
  • Thank you Hashem for the ability and opportunity to celebrate another birthday this week and for all my family and friends that always surround me and are there for me.
  • I was running late to an appointment and felt bad that I would cause the back up of all the clients for the rest of the day – but the person after me was also late so I didn’t cause a back up. Thank you Hashem.
  • Last week I was driving a blind individual and got to see a bit how their struggles are – I’m trying now to recognize and be even more grateful for my eyesight and of course – what I allow my eyes to see.
  • I love you so much, Hashem and cannot begin to express it and acknowledge it – it’s just so overwhelming! Always at my side. Always. When I notice and when I don’t.
  • Many years ago I was able to do a chesed and help someone out who was out of a job. This week this person calls me and gives me an order for merchandise in his new business. I am so glad to see this person on his feet and so happy to see Hashem’s hand at work from several years earlier.
  • Thank you Hashem for giving me an amazing wife and beautiful children. They are all the highlight of my day. To see them grow up in a kosher environment is such amazing Nachat. Thanks to my wife who puts so much into them. Thank you Hashem for giving me all I have.
  • Thank you for this special weekly email where we can recognize Hashem in our everyday lives. A lesson we learn from Purim, to see Hashem hidden in all that we do. Happy Purim.
  • Thank you Hashem for helping my husband find a part job at a time when we really needed it. It is amazing to see how you take care of us every minute of the day and make sure that all our needs are taken care of.
  • A cop was peeking thru my parked cars window thru the drivers side door. My parking muni meter ticket was expired. I quickly ran over to the car to try and stop him from pressing his scanner and giving me the ticket. I run over and make some noise, and he jumps and turns around and says Oh I am sorry. I thought he was going to continue and say- that I already gave you the ticket , but no, he continued and said, I am sorry I was just looking into your car and admiring it. Thank you Hashem that I didn’t get a ticket and thank you Hashem for the kidush Hashem that followed when I was able to have a nice conversation with him and did not rush away. He got to see a friendly jew. Who knows maybe next time he is deciding to give a jew a ticket or not, maybe he will let it go.
  • I was trying very hard to rent a certain apartment. I worked hard on it and it finally came together. For no apparent reason the owner says he is giving it to someone else. We felt awful but accepted it from Hashem. Baruch Hashem we found something for the same price and it is much bigger and is pretty much brand new. Thank you Hashem for having the owner change his mind. You always do what is best.

Thank You Hashem – Week 185

  • I needed a product for a customer of mine. My suppliers did not have it available and needed a few days to get it. I checked amazon and saw the same part but was more expensive. I ordered it being I needed it right away for this customer and paid the extra cost. There was a problem with the item , it was not functioning properly. Was able to unscrew it,open it up and repair it. For fun I gave them a call to tell them about this problem and they offered to refund me in full for my troubles. I guess it wasn’t more expensive after all. Thank you Hashem for putting the thought in my head to call them.
  • It could be hard to find Hashem in every day occurrences. We wake up every day and go about our business without truly stopping to realize how much He really does for us. The things we take for granted on a daily basis all exist as gifts from God and it is extremely important for us to realize that each and every day in order to be grateful for what we have. That being said, I forgot about this for a long time. So many amazing things were happening in my life- graduated college, got a new job, got engaged- and I wasn’t stopping to thank Hashem for any of it. I felt entitled to these common life accomplishments that every person goes through in their lives without truly realizing that not everyone gets to experience these amazing things. I was woken up out of my entitled phase of being when something on the border of miraculous happened to me in which I truly saw that Hashem is with me every step of the way and always has a plan. Last year, right before the Summer had started I got a new job. I was working in retail for about five years and had gotten an offer for my first ever salary paid job in an office near where I live. Not only was the job better pay, but it was in the field that I graduated college for which was a huge bonus. I thought to myself, “this is literally perfect, what can go wrong?” Little did I know, my boss was an absolute tyrant. We weren’t allowed to take our breaks during our 9 hour days without him knowing exactly where we were going and when we would be back. If he decided that we weren’t worthy of a needed sick day or extra break during the day, we were yelled at that he was the boss and there was no exception. On top of that, he became obsessed with what I was doing every minute of every day. I was being monitored and yelled at if I was doing anything he did not approve of. The environment was so toxic that it was affecting my everyday mood; it was just awful. I can handle verbal abuse, but the thing was that I was being singled out. And to make matter even worse, I was being singled out because I am a religious Jew. You see, my boss was an Israeli man who was married to a non-Jew, but he lived within our community’s vicinity. He resented the community because they did not accept him and his family and took it out on me. He would say horrible things about the community to me, regardless of the fact that I asked him to please keep those kinds of things to himself. He would mock me for keeping Shabbat and gave me the hardest time when it came to needing certain days off for holidays. I was scrutinized and penalized on a higher level than everyone else in my office because I was Jewish and this was extremely toxic to me.       For nine months, I stayed at my job thinking I had no other choice. I told myself I should be grateful for the position I had and stop complaining about the emotional burned it was taking on me. I felt so hopeless, but I prayed every single day for a solution to my problem.      A few weeks ago, I had started a second job on a part time basis for an established Rabbi in Brooklyn. I was working hourly on my own time completing a few projects for a brand new website being created for the Sephardic community at large. The work was rewarding and the extra money was great. I would have never known what was going to happen next. The second week into starting my second job, my job with the tyrant became extra terrible. I was being yelled at left and right for “not doing my job,” when all I was doing was my job and then some. Finally, something crazy happened. I had went to the bathroom and took a phone call after washing my hands from the DJ we booked for the wedding. The phone call was all of 3 minutes and when I walked out of the bathroom, there was the tyrant ready to pounce. “You were on the phone at work talking about your wedding, you are not doing your job!!” he yelled quickly. I tried to explain myself but I was answered with a loud, “I don’t care what you have to say. I am the boss and this is how I see it,” to which I finally broke. I left work that day and couldn’t even think about going back the next day. Then and there, I called the rabbi and spoke with him for a little while. He told me how he really needed someone full time to do the work that I was doing and we were able to work something out. I finally was able to leave that terrible job for good!!       So now I am doing meaningful work for a great man who is trying to create an amazing website for our community in which there will be daily halacha, classes, hashcacha pratit, and so much more in order to inspire so many individuals who need it. It really is a dream come true.       This experience allowed me to see that Hashem plans things for you without you even being aware of it in the slightest. I took that second job just for a little bit of extra money in my pocket, and look what came from it! An amazing new job in which I get to do mitzvot and get to work with amazingly righteous people on a daily basis.   Now I see that everything is from Hashem and if you pray hard enough, He will be there for you no matter what!
  • Thank you Hashem for the special month of Adar when we are given the special misvah to increase our Happiness. How awesome is that? Think about that for a minute.
  • Thank you Hashem for putting me in the right place at the right time. I was able to be a good listening ear for someone who needed it. On top of that Hashem put the correct words in my mind to say to this person and build them up and give them confidence going forward. Thank you Hashem and Bh tons of beracha for this person.
  • Thank you Hashem for the gift of another week and of course to write in “Thank you Hashem emails”!  Last night I was driving and the GPS was having a mind of its own……I said aloud to Hashem to please help me find the sign to the highway that I needed – and very soon after – the sign appeared! Thank you Hashem for your kindness!   Thank you Hashem for a wedding tonight!      Thank you Hashem for my life that is surrounded with so many good things and regular normal things! So happy to just live!!!

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