Hazak Ubaruch to all of you guys for keeping this going for 100 weeks. All the entry’s are equally great because they all represent Hakarat Hatov to Hashem, the ones listed here are just a glimpse and recap. The new messages for this week will b’h come out tomorrow as usual.
- I have been thinking of writing this Thank you Hashem for some time
now, but I am not sure how to put it into words, so here goes.0CT.13, 2012-I was attending a celebration party at my shul, when all at once I was stunned with a cardiac arrest. I stopped breathing for about 7 minutes.The Hatzolah Arrived and started to work their magic on me. They took me to the hospital, where I remained until OCT.28.I did not know where I
was until about a couple of days before being sent home. I woke up and saw these huge gloves on my hands, and felt something in my throat. I realized that something had happened to me. I was not in any pain, as I was on heavy
drugs.When I first arrived, my family was told that they did not think I would come out of this alive.My wife was the hand of G-D.She was very aggressive with all of the doctors that were there to help me. She took steps and made sure that I was going to have the maximum care .She was relentless. I would not have survived without her .She was there for me day and night.There are not enough words for me to say THANK YOU HASHEM.I thank you every time I see the scar on my chest. It is a good reminder to me.I thank all of the people that prayed for me, I can not ever thank you enough.
I thank my family for being there for me every step of the way.Thank you HASHEM for giving me this gift of life.
-A good friend of mine who is 83 went into a coma about 4 weeks ago. I thought he would not make it. I randomly called his cell phone this past Sunday and he answered!! He has a long road to recovery but his mind is good and He is still around. Hashem made a miracle. Thank you Hashem!
-at holiday time was looking at expenses and said to myself doesn’t look like I can get a holiday suit this year oh well, then thought wait a minute Shabbat and holiday expenses are free and on Hashems bill, don’t think about it just get a suit and Hashem will pay for it…-not 5 minutes later I walked into my landlords office to pay the office rent and he asks, what size suit are you- I say why? He says put this jacket on- wow looks great on you- ENJOY IT, IT’S YOURS! Brand new with all the tickets still on- Italian suit from Barneys! Free on Hashems bill- INSTANTLY!! Thank you Hashem for the awesome suit!!!
- I just got bunch of text messages from a customer of mine canceling an order and angry with me because I went thru the honest circles in doing the order, I couldn’t believe it, I ran out to do something and looked up and said THANK YOU HASHEM , I accept it happily…1 minute later I get a call from a customer that I have a proposal out to for over a year!! and she says the order is approved! When can you come in? This order is about 6 times the size of the one I lost..Hashem is great!! Ya think that’s the end of the story?? Story not over, I call the other customer back to let him know I have no problem losing an order for going thru the correct procedure and he can cancel no problem- he saw my reaction and had a change of heart it seems, and gave me the order back!- Hashem is awesome…
-Dear Hashem, THANK YOU! For Your infinite kindness and compassion that You shower on us every minute! Thank You for the blessings in my life that are too many to count. For letting me be a part of Your family. Thank You for the things I know and see are clearly good and thank You for the things I’m not aware of but You know are good. Thank You for a life better than I could’ve ever asked for. For a family, school, friends, teachers, parents, siblings and the endless good that You alone provide. Thank You for giving me capabilities and talents. For my strengths, challenges, happiness, and health. Thank You for the Nisyonot that force me to grow. For the closeness I can achieve the more I learn. Thank You for giving the ability to pray. To talk to You, to beg, ask, thank, sing, and turn to You. Thank You for listening to our endless words of complaints when You never stop to give. Thank You for forgiving us when we’ve done so much wrong. Thank You for giving us a manuscript on how to live our lives the best way possible. For giving us a way to earn the best portion in the world to come. Thank You for such a beautiful world, and our ability to see it; hear it, smell it and feel it. Thank You for heart that beats, feels, loves, cares and gives. For a mind to control our body and a mind to let our control become Yours. Thank You for each stage of our lives where we learn new things and gain new perspective. For each time You took away our pain, soothed our hurt, tended our wounds, cried with us, lifted us higher and promised us a beautiful future. Thank You for little miracles we find in our lives. For the boundless joy we have as You give us Semachot. Thank You for shielding us from what other nations suffer. For giving us the pride of being Your children. Thank You for letting us believe, for the complete Emunah that You alone make the world turn. Thank You for those bursts of inspiration and light. For the smallest things in life that bring a smile. Thank You for the physical things in life that we must elevate, that sustain our being. The food, clothing, ice cream and fun. Thank You for Shabbat and Yom Tov and days we’re commanded to get close to You. Thank You for those messages You send us to remind us where You are. For those moments of loneliness, where we feel Your presence more than anyone. For that understanding we get that there’s no one to turn to but You. Thank You for the people in our lives that guide us towards You with such clarity. The people that care and respect each other. Thank You for loving us even more than a parent and child. For giving and giving and giving with no boundaries. For holding us tight and never letting go of Your children. For keeping us close to You throughout everything. Thank You Abba, Thank You Hashem for being a Father gives endlessly.
- My husband and I have marveled at the tremendous honor (Zechut) it was to be involved, even in our own small way, in what we both call “The Howie’s Story”. This actually happened a dozen years ago, in one of our very first Succah’s. We hope you will enjoy it in your Succah! Twelve years ago I was an undergraduate student at NYU and it was precisely the Fall semester. As many Orthodox students in post-secondary institutions can attest, the Fall semester necessarily means a discussion with professors and group work partners about missed classes and due-date extensions. Upon informing the group that I would have to be out for the holiday of Succot, a fellow student asked me to tell her a little about Succot. She was interested in Judaism because her boyfriend was Jewish, although, she added, he was completely anti-Judaism. After giving my classmate a ‘readers-digest’ version of the holiday, I found myself inviting her and her boyfriend to join us for a meal so she could see for herself what it was all about. She seemed elated and accepted, although she was skeptical that her boyfriend would be joining us. And indeed, the next day after class, I ran into my friend and her boyfriend. He was, as described, anti-all-things-Judaism and a bit outrageous and combative. He stood there with his long dreadlocks and proudly showed me his tattoos. He pontificated about his beliefs and the melding of this philosophy and that theory until I was looking for ways to make a quick exit. Oh boy, I thought, what have I gotten into and what am I subjecting my family to by inviting this person into our Succah.
I slowly came to learn that Howie had actually come from a charadi family in Israel. His family life was not filled with the greatest of experiences. His upbringing involved both physical and mental abuse at the hands of a demanding father.He told us of the heavy -handed religion of an intolerant and derisive father. Howie had barely made it out alive and I was sad for the young boy who was now the young man before me. Well, eventually Succot rolled around and our special guests arrived with a bit of curiosity (on my classmates part), and cynicism on her boyfriend’s part. At first, it was a little tense as Howie tried once more to wax poetic the joys of Buddhism, or individualism or some such ism. At this point I must acknowledge my husband’s wonderful demeanor and warmth. He did not engage, argue and antagonize our guests. He simply was himself; kind, honest and steadfast in his beliefs. We managed, however, to truly enjoy the meal and did our best to be hospitable and demonstrate ‘Hachnasat Orchim’. As Howie and his girlfriend left our Succah that day, we were sure that that was probably the last Succah he would ever enter. We were wrong. Approximately four years later, My Husband and I were in for the surprise of our lives. It was a cold winter day and we had all gathered at my brother’s house for a Torah-dedication. The house was filled to the brim with all kinds of Yiddim, from Sephardic to Ashkenaz, from the ‘some-what’ observant to a large group of Chabad Chassid’s who danced and sang at the wonderful occasion. As I watched the young men dance, I noticed one Chassidic young man, with long peyot and black hat, was headed for me and seemed to have something to say. I was taken aback. What could this ‘bachor’ have to say to me? His first words…, “Do you know who I am? I probably do not have to tell you who that Chassid was after all. As it turned out, Howie told my husband what had transpired after his visit to our Succah. He shared with us that our meal, in the Succah that day, was his very first positive experience with Judaism. Howie said he had never seen truly observant families talk with respect, love and warmth as he had seen that day. He understood the religion of his youth was a corruption of something he had been denied. And so his long journey back began, slowly but surely. He thanked us as we stood dumb-founded at what we had been privileged to witness. As we sit in our Succah today, you and I, let us be thankful for those that have returned and be hopeful for those that have not. It is during this Yom-Tov that I often think of Howie and wonder why Hashem let my husband and I be a part of his story. Whatever the reason(s), it is as if we are still standing in that living room with a young Chassidic man, his dreads transformed to peyot, waiting before us to recognize him. We are still dumb-founded.
-I saw my cousin last night. As a non religious Jew growing up in a non religious house he asked me to help him with 2 things: *He would like to read the parashas of the Torah *and he wants me to put tefillin on him Out of the blue he requested this! Hashem is amazing
– was at a simcha this week and ran into a friend I went to high school with – he looked at me noticing that I became more religious compared to what I was in high school and he- I hope temporarily- looks like he took a step in the opposite direction from school days-and he said to me – wait a minute-somethings wrong with this picture- you were cutting class and running to ball games and playing around in school wasting time while I was in the bet midrash learning-lol, how did I end up like this, and you end up like that?-he said it jokingly but I took at as a big compliment and want to thank Hashem for guiding me on the right path, that is how, with hashems help and i know I have much more to accomplish and pray that Hashem continues to guide me to live the happy torah life.Thank you Hashem
-one night in Brooklyn, my grandfather suddenly felt a heart attack coming on and before it actually kicked in quickly told my grandmother to hurry and call Hatzalah, he then collapsed- having a massive heart attack. within 20 seconds!! Hatzalah was in their home and had a diffibulator and was able to use it and save my grandfather. What was the hatzalah volunteer doing there? He “happened” to be visiting his parents on his way to Boston 2 doors down from my grandparents and “happened” to have his Hatzalah radio and diffibulator with him.
- Baruch Hashem this week we have input from DEAL , LAKEWOOD , FLORIDA , MARYLAND , BROOKLYN AND ISRAEL!! Hazak U baruch!
On day of the Holiday-erev yom tov,Was talking to a neighbor of mine about bitachon and trust in Hashem and how all of our Shabbbat and Yom Tov needs are on Hashems bill and go and spend freely and buy the best! And we were saying how a person has to believe it! I told them that Hashem can just make the money come out of thin air and land on your lap. Less than 1 hour later I was driving and was on a red light of a 2 way street and the other side of the street (cars going other direction) were also backed up, from a car on the other side that was lined up with my car I hear someone call out my name, I roll down my window and he shouts “ Happy Holiday,this is for you!” and throws a bunch of cash into my window! Upon returning home I saw my neighbor and repeated the kidush Hashem that had just happened! Thank you Hashem (and of course the shaliach)
– Rabbi Greenfeld told us at 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 said 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 give life to others, I will give life to you..Hashem is great.
-had an unexplained leg injury suddenly appear and was in tons of pain, went to the dr. and really couldn’t figure out what was going on, I received this emailing perfect timing and stopped and made a note to Thank Hashem every day in my teffilot for both of my legs- Baruch Hashem it has suddenly gone away!!
-Made a great trade today, Missed my bus to work this morning by 45 seconds to hear kadish in shul
-Was looking for a better warehouse space for very long time all the while kept staying by the one I was at for many years. Finally Hashem sent me the perfect warehouse-everything about it was perfect, the size,the dock the parking the area. Now the hard part was to tell my landlord at my existing warehouse that I wanted to leave, I didn’t know how to do it. All of a sudden after many many years in this warehouse min hashamayim I get a notice in the mail telling me I must leave bu September 1!! Thank you Hashem for handling this for me and at the most perfect time- Thank you for my new warehouse
-Our dining room chairs are very uncomfortable. We’ve been looking for reasonably priced new ones but haven’t found anything we like. We were even willing to buy only two for now. This week on Wednesday we saw an ad for furniture on sale in our neighborhood. My husband and I went to the store and found a nice set of comfortable leather chairs. When we went to pay with our credit card , the man said cash only. I figured I would cash my paycheck tomorrow and come back to buy them. I don’t know what came over me but when I cashed my check I didn’t feel like spending the whole thing on those chairs. I told my husband that I changed my mind and we should forget the chairs for now. It wasn’t a rush. Later that day I got a text from my friend asking me if I was interested in taking her dining room chairs since they bought a new set! They are in perfect condition and look almost like the ones we were about to buy ! Thank you Hashem for sending us new chairs. *** oh btw the chair donor also had a story. His wife was bothering him about their chairs and he really didn’t want to spend now. Finally gave in and wife tried to get appt with chair lady every day this week. They were back and forth with plan yesterday when suddenly the mother in-law calls and says her friend is giving away brand new chairs. They jumped on it. Took them and called us to take their old ones! How great is Hashem!
–Try this experiment: Close your eyes for 3 to 4 minutes and go about like you normally would…. Open your eyes and Thank Hashem for eyesight…
-was in my office having 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 cut myself 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!
-This week- I got a bill for over $6,000 from when I was in the hospital. I called up the hospital and said sorry this is your plan and you’re insurance company already paid their responsibility – I called the insurance company to ask about it – they put me on hold – while I was on hold I told Hashem that he runs this world and that he can change the words around in their computers and change their minds in a split second. The lady came back on the phone and said your responsibility has been changed to $0 !! Thank you hashem!!!
– I always have a dilemma every year regarding our “Holiday work party. “ My bosses are very sensitive ( but good people) and they want the company to be at the party to show support and be unified, which I can understand…But the party is mixed with food and drink and non modest dress ( the goyim take this party thing to heart and change into party dresses etc…. ) and not a good atmosphere for Torah observant people…. So every year the few of us that are Torah observant talk about the situation, “ What can we do? “ , the bosses feelings will be hurt ( and as mentioned they are sensitive) “ “ we shouldn’t go , we will go and leave early” , “ its harmless”, etc… So this year I prayed to Hashem and prayed …” Hashem please let me not have to go to the party without insulting the bosses.” …… Got an email yesterday ….ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Holiday party this year will be Tuesday December 10…. Yahoo!!! I am away traveling for business that day….THANK YOU HASHEM!!!
-43 year old woman in community has her first children! Yes children-Twins.
- Thank you Hashem ! When contemplating over what I would be taking upon myself this year on Rosh HaShanah, I told myself ” I really should cut my wig a little..it’s very long, and I’ve really been trying to work on my tzeniut this year..that’s really the right thing to do”. I should also mention how much I really love my long wig, so for me it really is a very hard thing for me to do. Now, the only thing is that it’s around $200 to cut your wig, I really don’t have the money to do it. “Hashem, I really would like to do this so I can become a better person and serve you better, please help me and send me the money so I can cut my wig so I can be more Tzanua”. A few days went by and I was reading the Torah Times when I saw a full page ad that said “The following sheitelmachers are ready to share their time and expertise to SHORTEN YOUR SHEITEL FREE OF CHARGE ! and it had a list of names of #s. I said “WOW- Thank you Hashem, but…..I don’t know any of these women…I know they are all probably great!! but, this is so hard for me and I wish I could have someone I know do it….It wasn’t that much longer that a text came in “FREE TZENIUT WIG CUTS AT FORTUNE WIGS SALON ! Take advantage of this special opportunity on these most most awesome days of Aseret Yemeh Teshuvah“. I knew Hashem was talking to me and giving me exactly what I needed to go through with it, because of course that is my first choice of where I would want to have my wig cut. On Monday I walked to Fortune Wigs, and I will admit it was not easy walking there, but I knew I had to do it. Esther saw me and said ” You’re here for a Tzeniut cut?” I said “yes, but I’m not so brave yet..just a little please”. She smiled and said “Don’t worry, I know my customers, we’ll do 1/2 an inch”. I smiled and said okay, you know with each piece you cut, it’s like cutting a piece of me”….She understood exactly what I was feeling and said “Pray now for what you need while I’m cutting” While she was cutting, she said we should really cut a dot more -just to make it all even because of some layers in the back”. I was a little hesitant but I said “ok ok it’s for tzeniut, cut it”.When she was done, I looked in the mirror and it looked great. It really wasn’t SO much shorter, but for me it was a big thing, and a step in the right direction, and be’H maybe I can try to cut a little more at another time when I’m ready. Esther gave me a big hug and kiss when we were done, and made me feel GREAT ! Thank you Hashem for guiding me every step of the way ! and Thank you Hashem for having Esther be the shaliach who helped me do it !
My son was doing an appendix surgery (can write a book on chesed that was done and the Hand of Hashem that was with us throughout leading up to the surgery) while the surgery was taking place my wife and I were in the surgery waiting room area praying and reading tehilim looking anxiously at every nurse who entered the room to see if they were coming to us to give us an update…finally one nurse approaches us as we are sitting down praying and says- we are sorry there seems to have been some complications with the surgery , our hearts dropped and we were focused on her every word and detail- was amazing how Hashem can just change a situation in the blink of an eye with a few words from a nurse- she continued giving us the details, I didn’t even blink just focusing on every word coming out of her mouth and as she is speaking she says “ and while she was on the operating table…” I jumped and said, did you say she? She says yes-your daughter-I stop her immediately and say we don’t have a daughter inside we have a son inside- she asked if our name is _______ I say no and she says so sorry-this is my mistake I have the wrong parents! Look how Hashem can change a situation instantly, we went from panicking having a child with complications and who knows what in one second and the next second hearing it is not our son- Hashem is great and we should all experience only positive blessings in those quick instances! And know of only the best berachot possible!
–About 6 years ago our Shul was having financial issues, what Shul doesn’t, and was looking for ways to raise money. There is no committee and we had never done any major communal fund raising activities before so I suggested that we start a Raffle, being that I suggested it I was “volunteered” to run it. I had never done anything like this before but I decided to step up the plate, ask Hashem for the Ko’ach (strength) and do my best. Anyone who has ever had any experience with fund raising will attest that it is no easy task, the logistics, the speeches, the phone calls, e-mails, collections and of course motivating everyone in the Shul to buy into the idea of selling raffles. We decided to raffle a Menorah for Chanukah. B’H as time went on and we got closer to the drawing date it was very successful and we were able to raise a large amount of Money for the Shul. During this period of time my wife and I were trying to have another child for about 3 years, B”H, Bli Ayin Hara we already had a beautiful daughter. On the night of the drawing after I tallied up the total dollar amount we brought in for the Shul I went over to our beloved Rabbi’s house, Chacham Avraham Harari- Raful ZS”L to give him the good news, advise the Rabbi of the final figure and handed over the money that we had collected. The Rabbi was very happy and gave me a Beracha to have a Ben Zachar (a son). Some time passed and we got pregnant, B”H our beautiful son was born 3 days before Chanukah the following year almost to the exact Hebrew date the Rav gave me that very Beracha, his Brit Mila was on Rosh Chodesh Chanukah! Truly a Chanukah Miracle!
–My kids were playing with my sons fisher price basketball set and they called me, Da look quick, look quick, I see my 5 year old son standing in the corner facing the wall , I asked what did you do,punish him? They said no-he is praying to Hashem to let him get the ball in the basket!!!! Thank you Hashem for letting me see this beautiful site!
-B’H. FOUND a metro card on the bus with $16.00 on it. Makes up for the one that got erased when I took my MRI before the summer
-MABRUUUUUKK!!! MAZAL TOV!!! OVER 200 HEALTHY BABIES BORN DURING SNOW STORM IN ISRAEL! Yes while they were totally shut down with 2 feet of beautiful snow!
-Hasdei Hashem – was in Israel with family for my father a”h 30 days, and while there, noticed my wallet was missing, we looked everywhere! I didn’t even remember which credit cards were in my wallet, imagine internationally and wallet missing!!! Concierge on credit card couldn’t do anything for me, after breakfast we all packed into my brothers rent a car, and my mother insisted to sit in the back. I was in front, she mentioned why don’t you say the pasuk lost objects, started saying it, and when said the very last word, my mother yelled out “Got it” thought she was joking, she said “No seriously here it is” the wallet must have fell out of your pocket in the back seat, and when I was saying the pasuk she felt the seat and found it . – Amazing. BH
–3 years ago- my wife was almost 2 weeks overdue and forced to be induced with our first son. We checked into the Hospital around 530 pm Monday evening. They finally broke her water around 5 AM and things finally started to move along. Around 10 AM she started to push. 3 HOURS LATER still pushing, the Dr. said the baby isn’t coming out naturally, we will need to do a C-section. 2 PM the baby was delivered BH –9 LBS. Around 7 pm while is leaving the Hospital to go home for an hour to wash up, my wife called my father and myself back up to the room with the Dr.’s waiting to delivery some scary news….”your son is bleeding in his head and we do not know or think he will make it –it could be 24 hours” I fainted to the floor. After a few minutes we all gathered ourselves – got the entire community aware of the situation, Israel was notified right away and BH, Hashem should bless this community, we were all praying within minutes of the news. I was reading once that one of the reasons why the Bris is on the 8th day is because it takes that long for a baby to clot. BH our sons head clotted within 24 hours. The Indian Dr.’s words were to me “ ALL WE DID IS WATCH HIM BUT IT WAS G-D” Within 1 week he was home. BH Today 6th of shevat was is his 3 year Birthday. The Nahat we get from him is indescribable BH. About 7 months ago we had another boy – throughout the pregnancy the Dr. told my wife somehow the baby needs to be less then 8 lbs if she wants to deliver natural. A few days into her 9th month her water breaks and within hours the baby was out easy and healthy.The baby was 7.5 lbs. if she went full term baby could’ve been 10 lbs. HASHEM IS TELLING US, I AM HERE FOR YOU JUST TRUST IN ME ! THANK YOU HASHEM FOR SHOWING MY FAMILY YOUR HAND!
-Ran into an old student of mine and he asked if I remember him, I quickly replied with his entire name (middle and all) and I can see he is now a frum jew-he tells me He is now a Rebbi teaching Torah and spreading Torah-he says you know why? Because I remember many years back on Shabbat of my Bar Misvah you walked in the extremely hot weather all the way to my house on Ave Z, you walked that long long walk in the heat just for me!-Had tremendous effect on him and made him want to go on the path of Torah-don’t under estimate even a small act!
-My close friend calls me up and asks if I need wine for mishloach manot, I tell him I actually can use between 4 and 6 bottles. He excitedly tells me quick come meet me over here right now I have wine for you but I am not giving you 4 bottles you are either getting 24 or 48 bottles. I was like what is going on?- he says just come on over quick. When I get there I see his car stuffed from the floor to the ceiling with cases and cases of wine. I could not believe my eyes how many cases were able to fit into the back seat of his car and I couldn’t help but ask how did you get all these cases of wine in here and what is going on? He tells me like this, this morning I realized I needed a nice amount of wine for our mishloach manot but was a little tight and didn’t have funds for it, I didn’t say anything to my wife about it. I prayed to Hashem to help me get some wine for mishloach manlot. My phone rings and someone asks if I know anyone who can use 4 cases of wine, I jump and say yes me! I send my son over there and my son calls me and says it’s not 4 cases of wine its 24 cases of wine!! And now I have all this wine to give away (that is this sadiks nature, to think how to give it away,not to keep it for pesach or whatever)- and he tells me how he called a certain Rebbi that he knew needed wine and dropped several cases off by him and blurts out to me the following- “pshat is like this- This morning I didn’t have any wine what so ever and now look at my car, it is overflowing with wine! Hashem I don’t know what I’m doing, I have a wife and children, Hashem just take care of everything!” – (knew I would regret not snapping a picture of his car stuffed with the wine cases J)..Hashem Thank you for always taking care of your loving children and believe me I can attest that this fellow Loves you Hashem!
-Was in a Jcrew store in the city and bought a bunch of stuff 25% off and got in my car and realized that a pair of shoes I bought was not on the receipt. I called the Rabbi and asked what to do? He said if it will make a kidush Hashem go back to the store. I was with my daughter and she said people always get paid back when they do these things and a kidush Hashem as well. I decided to go back and went to the manager knowing he would recognize me as a Jew more than the lady behind the counter, the manager took my receipt and checked it ,he kept typing and typing on the computer and I asked what are you doing writing me a new receipt? He said no, I am giving you 30% off of your entire order! I only had to pay them $7 for the shoes! Hashem is with us every second, even when he doesn’t show us so clearly but the awesome part about this was the feeling I had knowing Hashem was right by my side showing me right there on the spot he was happy with what I did.. Thank you Hashem
Modern Day Yetziat Mitzrayim
A young Israeli boy of 12 yrs old, the youngest of 7 kids, had difficulty breathing from birth. Doctors said it was Asthma. 6 months before his Bar Mitzva, his Father, at age 53 went to sleep and never woke up. As an orphan, this boy becomes a Bar Mitzva while still having a hard time breathing. At age 14, his windpipe totally closes and he can not breathe. Rushed to and from several hospital emergency rooms, each one injecting him with steroids to open his windpipe and getting very temporary results, the boy ends up on a respirator and unconscious for a week. Finally the doctors realize that his windpipe has closed and is given an emergency tracheotomy. At age 14 he had to breathe from a Trache pipe in his neck. He dropped out of Yeshiva as he was too embarrassed to continue. He stayed home for over a year in a major depression. At age 15 thru 18 he tried several surgeries on his windpipe to restore normal breathing, but the surgeries made things worse.
For a year and a half he lost his ability to speak. The boy was living a wild and dangerous lifestyle, primarily because he did not care if he died. At age 19 one of his sisters found the name of a surgeon in Boston that was world renown for trachea surgery.
Her and her brother set out to visit with this Dr in Boston for a consultation. The Dr said that he can do a reconstructive trachea transplant to restore his breathing but it would cost about $50,000. They went back home to Israel not knowing how they would manage to raise the funds. His sister wrote up a letter explaining the situation and mailed it out to Jewish philanthropists in the USA.
An anonymous recipient from Chicago agreed to sponsor the surgery in Boston and the boy with his sister were on their way to Boston. “Ashreichem Yisrael”- look and see how great Am Yisrael is, who take care of each other in a time of need. The boy himself became a great believer in Hashem and a Baal Bitachon. He built up a relationship with Hashem and cried out to Him constantly to save him from this nightmare and his personal bondage. The transplant and surgery seemed to go well at first and a stent was placed in the new windpipe to keep it open, but just like the Jews in Mitzrayim when Moshe first came to be their savior were excited and full of hope only to see the hardships become more intense, so too this boy was about to experience an even worse situation. His body began to reject the transplant and every 4-6 weeks the windpipe area would grow tissue and skin and close up the windpipe to the point where he could no longer speak or breathe normally until a surgery was done to reopen the windpipe.
For about a year, the boy lived in a basement in Crown Heights with a Trache tube and a humidifying tube machine that he needed to attach to his neck in order to sleep at night. He was all alone in a foreign country and travelled by bus every 4-6 weeks to Boston for a surgery to reopen his windpipe. He became so depressed that he contemplated suicide. The Kli Yakar at the end of Shemot points out that the darkest part of the night is right before dawn.
At this point, the boy was 21 years old and losing faith. His sister in Israel got a meeting with Rabbi Ades in Bnei Brak and when he heard that the boy was living alone without money, he called upon an acquaintance he knew in the Syrian community and asked him to take the boy to Rabbi Ozeri and try to find a temporary home for him. The sister flew in from Israel and both she and the boy stayed in the home of a community family. Rabbi Ozeri got involved and provided new clothing for the boy, and the boy began to feel wanted and comfortable with his new “family”.
His Bitachon was once again strengthened and his will to continue his fight for survival was restored. After a week or so, his windpipe once again closed up and he could not speak, he was only able to breathe thru his Trache tube in his neck. The father of the family and the new caregiver of this boy, drove him up to Boston for his appointment and was introduced to the Jewish surgeon that was trying to help this boy become a normal breather. The surgeon walked in and took a look at the Community Man and said that in his entire career he never gave up on a patient, but he was prepared to give up on this boy! if not for the fact that the boy is now under the care of this man and his family!. It seems that for the many months that the boy was on his own, he did not have the discipline or the support of anyone to help him through this difficult journey of medicines and surgeries. The Doctor was fighting a losing battle and was not even getting a penny for all of these operations. Now that the situation changed, he was ready to continue the fight. He told the man that he needed 3 things for this to work. Discipline regarding taking his medicines, more frequent appointments in Boston and lots of Money.
This community man was now involved in a situation much more difficult than he ever imagined but if not for this “match” set up by Hashem thru Rabbi Ades, the boys life at best would have remained a nightmare. That night, the man and the boy strengthened themselves in Bitachon, understanding that Hashem can do anything believed that this will all work out. The next day the surgery was done once again to reopen the windpipe except this time Hashem put in the mind of the surgeon to remove the stent from the windpipe in hopes that this will prevent the body from closing the windpipe again. The doctor was not very confident but he gave it a try. 3 weeks later they were back in Boston and without knowing if the windpipe was closing or not, the boy stood on the very busy city street outside the tall office building of the doctor and just like Am Yisrael screamed out to Hashem from their bondage, the boy looked up to the sky and with tears streaming down his cheeks began to scream and beg Hashem to save his life and perform a miracle for him. Upstairs he went and the doctor did a scope into his throat to see how the windpipe reacted to the surgery of 3 weeks ago. Sure enough, the doctor was amazed. No more rejection!. The windpipe was healing and stayed open. The doctor took the man to the side and said that he was a Jew and not really observant but now he KNOWS that there is a G-d in the world and He is looking after this boy. The doctor realized that a miracle indeed took place. The doctor still wanted to see the boy every 3 weeks to be sure that he was okay. They visited the doctor again and again and each time the scope showed that the windpipe was healing and remaining open. The Trache tube was no longer needed and the machine at night was no longer needed. The boy was on his way to a new life of normal breathing. He recognized the Chesed of Hashem and was constantly thanking Hashem for saving him. This passed week the doctor said it was safe for him to travel back to his family in Israel after being away from home for a year and a half. He is returning to Eretz Yisrael 3 days before Pesach to experience his own Modern Day Yetziat Mitzrayim.
Hodu LaHashem Ki Tov, Ki LeOlam Chasdo.
- I was standing in a certain area eating an ice cream and all of a sudden a car screeches around the turn of the corner out of control and I froze. but for some reason I fell forward and the car smashed right into the spot I was in before falling forward- Thank you Hashem for having what I think is a malach protect me and throw me out of harms way.
-Got a call from a customer of mine that I have not heard from in many years. He very curtly said ok go ahead with the order, I said to myself,what order, what is he talking about? And he named the purchase order. I looked it up on my computer and it was for a proposal from 6 years ago! Thank you Hashem for this unexpected surprise, Hashem can send our parnasa in the most shocking and unlikely ways, showing us it is not us who is in control. Thank you Hashem!!!!
–If Hashem had a Refrigerator, your picture would be on it. -If He had a wallet, Your photo would be in It. -He sends you flowers Every spring.
-was dealing with a worker that works for a customer of mine for many years, a lot of times he would do things out of the ordinary and act a little crazy, like sending about 40 texts in a row in the middle of the night and other strange things to annoy me. I used to have a very bad temper and bh try hard to work on it. Many times I wanted to explode on him and let him have it but I held it in. The other day I was by his office and he tells me that he may be looking for a new job and that if I may know some companies that could use him to keep him in mind. He then adds but there is something you need to know, I have 2 felonies on my record, so in case it comes up I want to be up front with you. I ask what happened? and he pauses and says, he had a fight with someone many years ago and… the person didn’t end up living! I was standing there in shock and he tells me he went to jail for 6 years (why so short I have no clue) and all I could think about was Thank you Hashem that I didn’t blow up on this guy, a murderer! all those times I wanted to scream at him and shamble him, who knows what he was capable of doing chas vishalom! Thank you Hashem for watching over me and my actions-remember-anger is dangerous-beware!
- Mistakenly sent an email to someone who had the same name as the person I was looking for, the accidental target responded by offering me a job that is extremely promising, misunderstanding my intention. Hashem understood it.
-Thank You Hashem for Rabbi D.M. who went out of his way to get my kids to shul on Shabbat while I tended to my wife in the hospital
-A man who lives in Miami told me that for the last two years he’s been learning at night with a neurologist, and last week this neurologist’s mentioned his daughter had suffered daughter suffered a brain aneurism, a few years Back, לא עלינו. Baruch Hashem, she is now healthy, but the doctor was telling his study partner about the incident. The man asked him to describe the symptoms of a brain aneurism, and the doctor began explaining the symptoms with complex medical terminology. “Just tell it to me in plain English,” the man said. The doctor said, “Basically, it feels like the worst headache you ever had in your life.” This man then flew to New Jersey for the weekend to attend a family bar mitzvah, and ate the Shabbat meal with his in-laws. Toward the end of the meal, he noticed that his brother-in-law was not in the room. He asked what happened, and he was told that his brother-in-law didn’t feel well and went to lie down. Sometime later, when the brother-in-law didn’t return, he grew concerned and went to see what the problem was. “I’m having a terrible migraine,” the brother-in-law said. The man asked him to describe the pain, and the brother-in-law said, “It’s the worst headache I ever had in my life.” The man rushed to his other family members and told them to call Hatzalah. “What, Hatzalah?!” they said. “On Shabbat?! For a headache?!” “Trust me,” the man said. “This is very serious.” They called Hatzalah, and as the patient was talking with the paramedics he suddenly became paralyzed in half his body. The paramedics gave him oxygen and did whatever they could to help. They then rushed him to the hospital, where he took a turn for the worse. He had to be taken by helicopter to another hospital which was capable of treating his condition. The Hatzalah volunteer told him that if the paramedics weren’t there at the time this happened, he would not have survived. The “Guardian of Israel” was watching, and He sent a messenger from 1,000 miles away in Miami who was equipped with the knowledge of what to do at the right time. We need to thank Hashem at all times for guarding and protecting us, and especially for preserving our lives all day, every day.
-While camping we spent some fruitless time fishing for salmon. However, there were some other people fishing and when they wanted to leave, their car wouldn’t start. After unsuccessfully trying to jump start it, my son drove one of them back to their camp cottage to get a spare battery and then drove him back. A few hours later as we sat around our campfire, two men approached us, asking if we were the ones who helped them with their car, and they presented us with 2 nice size freshly caught salmon! Thank You Hashem for showing me You have more than one way to provide us with food.
-Thank You Hashem that I was fortunate to spend the day this past Monday In Camp Simcha, it was the most amazing event I have ever been to!Something indescribable 70 – 80 people go up to pump up these kids that are not well it actually gives them a will to live!, I thought that we were giving them encouragement I got much more encouragement, the feeling you can describe.Thank You Hashem for Chai Lifeline and Camp Simcha J
-was on my way to purchase an air conditioner and a friend telephones me and inquires if I have any idea who may need an air conditioner that he has an extra one that is not being used and he needs the space for storage. My response was, can you repeat that? He did, I said I wanted to make sure I wasn’t hearing things. I quickly made a u turn and said Thank you so much and told him where my car was headed and what I was planning to “purchase” Hashem had other plans. Thank you kind friend and they you to our creator!
- Thank you Hashem that I got married this past Sunday night to the most wonderful wife! My story of meeting Audrey is purely from the Shamayim.my cousin gave me Audrey’s phone number saying to call her up for a date. my response was that I know Audrey ,,,I’m not interested ,,,, she’s not for me …. Something a regular guy would say about being set up. My friend Raymond’s mother in law approached me about Audrey around the same time (she and my cousin have no connection) and I gave her the same response. Soon after — I went out with another girl where our first and only date was a total disaster. It was really a bad night for me ….When I get home, I say to myself — what have I got to loose, its only a date. Let me call Audrey and be open minded. When I reach for her number to call ,,, we have a great conversation on the phone and I ask if she still lives in the city … she tells me that she never lived in the city and that she’s lives in Brooklyn.We made plans for Thursday night…. I go ring the door bell and introduce myself to her father. All of a sudden….some girl who I never saw before in my life comes running out of the kitchen !!!!!!!It was a totally different girl who I thought I was picking up. A totally different girl than the one I said is not for me!This was all from Hashem!!I know everyone in this community and I never saw this girl before in my life…..It turned out I was pleasantly surprised that night and we continued dating until we got engaged in May. Hashem made two people approach me about Audrey, he sent me on a bad date so that I could learn to take more risks and he led me to my future wife. I am living proof of you never know give it a shot and let Hashem take care of everything else! Thank you Hashem for guiding me to my wife! Douglas Abade
-At 11:15pm. My son who was recently Bar Mitvah’d realized he forgot to pray Arvit. Since I was in bed for the night, I told him to pray in the house. By the look on his face I saw that wasn’t really an option. So I got dressed and took him to Landaus. Thank you Hashem for giving me a son that understands the true meaning of praying to you with a Minyan.
- Someone approached me and told me that they have an extra Sucah and if I know anyone who can use it. I said I will keep it in mind. The same day a friend comes over to me and says I wish I was able to afford a sucah but things are very tight right now and will have to bounce around eating at peoples houses with my family. I smile and say , that’s what you think! Hashem has a sucah all prepared for you with your name on it, I make a phone call to the other person and Baruch Hashem within hours it was all set up. Thank you Hashem for putting me in the middle of this misvah and for letting me see siyata dishmaya right before my eyes. Ps my friend was thrilled with his new sucah!
-I am so grateful to Hashem to recently bringing me to Bnei Binyamin. Such a great kahal with such great tefilot, great learning, a great warmth and love for each other and most importantly a tremendous leader in Rabbi Seruya. Chazak Ubaruch Rabbi! You are wonderful BH. You are such a positive inspiration to all of us and with such sweetness. We love you.
- I am in the year of saying Kadish for my mother a’h, and am very careful not to miss it and take precautions when traveling to make sure I do not miss kadish even though we still have my brother saying it as well. Was time to stop for the 11th month and I sent a text to my brother informing him to stop saying the kadish. A few days later a rabbi was speaking with me and we discovered that I miscalculated the date by a month and we were not supposed to stop the kadish. I felt terrible that there was a lapse in these days and my mother did not have someone saying kadish for her. I called my brother and told him the error and to disregard the text I sent him telling him to stop saying Kadish, he answered that his phone was broken and he never got the text and that he never stopped saying Kadish! Thank you Hashem for this protection that his phone “happened” to be broken at that exact moment and Thank you that my mother had this special zechut not to have any missed days of Kadish.
-was having a difficult time supporting my family and was praying to Hashem about it and as I heard myself, I said, am I nuts? Thank you Hashem for giving me a family!
- I was having a talk with Hashem and asking him to please help me with parnasah, was a very emotional heartfelt tefillah and felt connected to borei olam at that moment. The exact second I finished my tefillah, literally that second, not a minute later-that very second before I even took another breath, my phone rings and as I hear it ringing I have in mind I hope it is a certain customer I am waiting to hear from and sure enough it is his name that appears on my phone. I pick up the call and Hashem has him give me an order right there on the spot. Thank you Hashem-you are the greatest!!!!!
-Approximately 12 years ago I opened up 2 large accounts for the company I work at. I slowly built up their business to become my 2 biggest accounts. 4 years ago my company wanted to re-structure all the accounts and these 2 were taken from me. In the exchange I was given other nice accounts to compensate but I still was upset since I worked so hard to increase their business and had built a nice relationship with the 2 accounts. 4 years later both accounts are almost bankrupt!!. I did not see it at the time but Hashem protected me.
-From a 10 year old girl – Thank you Hashem that it was raining so hard today , when I came home I stepped in a big puddle and I got soaked so I went upstairs and put on a thick pair of socks. I then went down to the basement to play and I stepped on a very sharp screw and I didn’t feel it because Hashem had me get wet and change into thick socks. Thank you Hashem.
-Was on the phone making a hotel reservation for me and my family, I was reserving the regular nice type room and the rep starts to tell me about the duplex room with the winding stair case. I found myself lost in imagination picturing how awesome this room is and was deciding if I should go for it, or maybe this is not a good chinuch for myself and my children, too much unnecessary gashmiut. The rep pushed for my decision and I said umm I’m not sure, what do you think? She says ahh go for it, you only live once! I snapped right back, YOU only live once! I’ll take the basic room-thank you. Thank you Hashem for reminding me that we have a better world coming.
- I got a bill in the mail for the damage owed on a car lease that I returned for $1507.00, I was at home and with my family and I put it aside and said I am not going to get nervous over this and prayed to Hashem to please take care of this some how. The very next day I get another notice in the mail showing my bill is only $7, that I had a $1500 waiver for damage on my account! Thank you Hashem
A Rabbi in our community, – when his father passed away young (age 49) he had a younger brother that was 6 yrs old at the time and so he and his sisters took care of him. When it came time for his younger brother to get married they would put their funds together to help him with everything. The morning after he got engaged, he came home to find a check in the mail for close to $30k just what they needed for his brother to get married…..it was a check from a claim that they made when he was young and fell and hurt his arm and the lawyer said then……don’t rely on this, you’ll most likely never collect! So 12yrs later when he got engaged and needed it most, Hashem sent it because Hashem took his father away so Hashem becomes the orphans father!
-got a flat tire on a chol hamoed trip with my family. Endless stream of frum people pulling over to help us was the greatest thing my kids could see, better than any show, imax or arcade. What a lesson about what being a Jew means.(and someone took my wife and kids ahead to our destination, don’t worry, while I got the tire fixed 🙂
- Mitzvah man sent 2 volunteers to go visit a Holocaust survivor a few years back. 2 nice young girls took it on themselves not only to go for a visit and be on their way, they actually befriended this elder woman and started taking her on errands and spending plenty of quality time with her. They visited her every week for 3 years straight! This was very noble of them. The relationship was special and continued happily during these years. Mm gets a sad notification that BD’H This holocaust survivor has passed away. He replies back that he would like to pay a shiva call if they can get him the address. The girls notify him that this woman has zero family and is totally alone, there is no where to make a shiva call to. The burial is going to be in Israel and that they are at The Airport right now waiting to board the plane!!! They are making a special trip to Israel to handle the levaya! This is taking hesed to the next level. The purity of our wonderful people and the beautiful hesed that they do.
My nephew and his wife were by a secluded area near the water on chol hamoed. They saw an area with trees and woods. They looked in and saw a chasidish father with his son just standing there all alone in the woods. All of a sudden the father screams out loud on the top of his lungs “ TOTTYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! TOTTYYYYYYY!!!!!!!”….great chol hamoed trip and great Musar.
-Chasdei Hashem – I Was trying to get a beracha from Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlit”a, I spoke to someone in Bnei brak, but didn’t ask him to go in for me, I sent an email to him, requesting that if he is going can he get me a Beracha. Meanwhile Rav Chaim wasn’t feeling well and 10 people went to his house to pray, while there on his own this person went to Rav Chaim and BH gave a beracha. As he gets back home he opens the email from me about a beracha, he calls me up laughing chasdei hashem BH
- Thank you Hashem for joining us in our homes every single Shabbat making our precious gift sparkle even brighter , and also thank you for picking up the tab too…
-One summer in the early 1990’s, I asked my father to teach me how to “Lein” (read from the Torah). I was a little young for that, but my father who is an expert, decided to teach me my Bar Mitzvah Parasha – Parshas Naso. We did till approximately Sheini, then we discovered that my Bar Mitzvah Parsha really was B’ha’aloscha. I was in a shul today / this morning for Shacharis, that I never davened Shachris in before. I was there because I needed a later than usual minyan.They had no Ba’al Koreh there today. I was the only one who was able to lein for them. Because Hashem had me learn it 20-25 years ago! Thank you Hashem!
-I had a flight scheduled to go to Las Vegas early in the morning. Due to severe weather the driving was very slow and I wasn’t sure if I would make it on time to the airport. I made it on time but there was a very big line. They told me if I need to fly with my luggage I will have to take the next flight. I said ok what can I do? I will take the next flight. I was curious to see what Hashem had planned for me,let me see where this goes. I knew this was not for nothing. I ended up sitting next to executives of a large company on the next flight. We got to talking and one thing led to another and I ended up getting a $7000 job from them. Thank you Hashem for putting me on this flight.
-My friend was in desperate need of a lung transplant… He has been waiting for a compatible lung since July and was in the hospital for the last couple of months where the Dr’s said you can’t go home anymore until we find you a compatible donor. One night at around 7:30pm, him and his wife were sitting in the hospital crying together… “I can’t breathe anymore.. I don’t know how much longer I could hold on!!.. They decided to call the Dr. and told him” Dr.. The breathing is becoming very difficult and don’t know how much longer he could go on… What else can we do?? The Dr., (who is considered one of the top Dr’s in the country) said “I am so sorry, I have tried everything and the only thing left I could do is connect you to a machine that will put you in an induced Coma and will prolong your life another 2 or 3 weeks tops! This will allow you to be comfortable and ease away from the suffering. They Hung up the phone!!! Tomorrow morning he was scheduled to go on the “coma Machine” The Dr had given up..he did his best. At 10:30pm THAT SAME NIGHT, HASHEM took over!! With the Dr clearly out of the picture and only 3 hours later “Hashem” “Called” my friend with a priceless gift… A NEW LUNG!. Hours away from being put on this machine and weeks to live and Hashem saved his life at that very moment! In the blink of an eye can come the salvation! Baruch Hashem he is alive and well and doing very nicely Hashem also took care of it in his most perfect way, a couple of months ago was given hope of getting one lung from a donor but was let down, instead he received 2 young lungs which is what he actually needed ,2! Hashem is perfect and great and Bezrat Hashem he should continue to have a refuah shelama along with all choleh Yisrael- Never give up hope.
-Saw a picture of Derek Jeter walking thru tunnel that leads to the yankee dugout and in the tunnel there is a sign that hangs from the ceiling as every player walks to the field they see this sign that reads, “I want to Thank the good lord for making me a Yankee”……….. shtuyot, non-sense THANK YOU HASHEM FOR MAKING ME A JEW!!!!!