Thank You Hashem – Week 111

-Thank you Hashem for a Great summer of learning and spending precious kosher time with my family!!!

– Thank you Hashem, I just completed my 10th year at the company I am working at.   Thank you Hashem for allowing me to be prosperous and truly thankful for allowing me to provide for my family and all their needs

– Thank you Hashem for this awesome Elul class I am taking.  I feel like it’s my first Elul. Here’s one thing we learnt: We were taught to write for twenty minutes about the self we want to create. This will be part of our map that will guide us through the year. Next year we look it over and bh we see how far we have come. Have a great year.

– This true story took place this year in Lakewood!! The Hovot Ha’levavot writes in the Sha’ar Ha’bitahon section that
Hashem never takes His mind, as it were, off of us, not even for a
second.  He knows everything about us, He knows precisely what we
need, and He plans the salvation that we need long before we ever know
about the problem.  When we look back and see how Hashem was planning
and working behind the scenes, we receive so much encouragement and
inspiration, and we feel so close to Him.  We are reminded that He is
with us at all times, and is constantly looking out for us.

This past Motza’eh Tisha B’Av, a Rabbi from our community woke up at
3:30am with some chest pains.  He woke up his wife, and they were
uncertain whether he was just experiencing some indigestion, or if
perhaps this was something serious.  Just to be safe, they decided to
call Hatzalah.  They were renting a home in Lakewood for the summer,
and they did not have the number for the Lakewood division of
Hatzalah.  However, the wife saw that on the phone, staring her right
in the face, was the word “Hatzalah” next to the speed dial.  She
called and asked that they send somebody, adding that this was not an
emergency and no sirens should be sounded so as not to wake anybody

The Rabbi went downstairs to wait for the knock on the door, and
within 30 seconds  Hatzalah members along with  paramedics were at the
door.  They brought with them a special high-tech machine that tests
the heart, and they detected that the Rabbi was in the midst of a
massive heart attack.  Then, suddenly, the Rabbi lost consciousness.
He had no pulse, and he looked lifeless.  The paramedics switched a
button on the machine and immediately started shocking him.
Thankfully, they were able to bring him back to consciousness.

It turned out that the Rabbi at that moment suffered the most severe
type of heart attack.  The LAD artery was fully blocked.  This artery
is nicknamed “the widow maker” because if it abruptly becomes blocked,
it causes a massive heart attack that generally leads to sudden death.
In describing the Rabbi’s condition, the doctor who treated him said
that normally, at the time of a heart attack, the electric current is
dimmed, and machines can bring it back to regular strength.  In the
Rabbi’s case, however, the lights were completely out, and they could
come back on only if Hashem turned the switch.  Even if one does not
want to accept that this was an open miracle, the only way the Rabbi
could be saved was by being shocked immediately at the time of the
heart attack.  The Hatzalah members reported that they had never
before succeeded in bringing somebody back after that kind of heart
attack.  Moreover, this kind of heart attack is very difficult to
detect.  The Rabbi’s symptoms were not signs of a heart attack.  The
paramedics were able to detect it only because they had with them a
special machine, which was then able to immediately start the
shocking.  If they had not detected the heart attack with this
machine, they would have started CPR.

The amazing thing about this story is that Hatzalah trucks are never
equipped with this special machine.  They have defibrillators, but not
detectors.  Why did the Hatzalah volunteers have that detection
machine with them? And why were they so close to the rabbi’s house at
3:30 in the morning when they received that call?

The first part of the answer is that during the previous day, Tisha
B’Av, the Rabbi’s wife viewed the Hafetz Haim Heritage Foundation
video, and was very inspired.  She committed herself to putting into
practice the message she learned from the video – the message of being
forgiving and indulgent.  At 1:30am, two hours before her husband’s
heart attack, the woman received a text message which made her upset,
and could have potentially caused a fight.  But she immediately gave
in and did not make any issue of the matter at all.  She later said
that perhaps Hashem gave her this opportunity to earn the merits she
needed to save her husband.
After her husband’s heart attack, she called the Hafetz Haim Heritage
Foundation to thank them for the inspiring video, and told them about
her husband’s heart attack.  The person on the other line
enthusiastically informed her that there is much, much more to this
story.  That person’s brother-in-law is a member of Lakewood ‘s
Hatzalah division, and on the morning of Tisha B’Av he received a call
from his son’s sleepaway camp that his son’s blood pressure had
dropped drastically, the result of an infection that harmed his heart.
The clinic where his son was treated wanted to transfer him to a
nearby hospital, but the father asked that the diagnosis be emailed to
him so he could show it to his doctor.  His doctor saw the diagnosis
and determined that the condition was quite serious.  The boy, he
said, needed to be transferred as soon as possible to the Children’s
Hospital in Philadelphia .  The clinic refused to transport the boy so
far away when there was a hospital nearby, so the father, who had an
ambulance, decided he would pick up his son and bring him to
Philadelphia .  It would take him three hours to get to the camp, and
then four hours to reach Philadelphia .  His doctor told him that he
must bring along with him special heart equipment and a team of
paramedics in case they are needed along the way.  This is how the
special machine, which was ultimately used to save the Rabbi’s life,
ended up in an ambulance of Lakewood Hatzalah.

After a full day of traveling, the ambulance and paramedics made their
way back to Lakewood .  Everybody was exhausted.  They reminded the
driver not to miss their exit – exit 89 – but the driver somehow
missed the exit anyway.  He had to proceed to exit 91, get off the
highway there, and then drive back.  When they got off the highway at
exit 91, they received the call about the Rabbi.  At that moment they
were just 20 seconds away from the house.  They sensed that this was
מן השמיים, as they had reminded the driver to get off at the right
exit, but he missed it.  And so, despite the fact that the call did
not sound urgent, they nevertheless brought in the entire team of
paramedics along with the special machine.  It was used the second it
was needed.

So many things had to happen for the Rabbi’s life to be saved.  He
woke up, the phone number was on the phone, and a Hatzalah vehicle
with a team of paramedics and the exact equipment the Rabbi needed
happened to be practically at his doorstep at 3:30am.  הנה לא ינום ולא
יישן שומר ישראל – Hashem never sleeps, and is always watching over us
to protect us.

After this incident, the owner of the Lakewood home which the Rabbi
and his wife were renting phoned to see if the Rabbi was alright.  The
Rabbi’s wife thanked her for having Hatzalah’s number saved on the

“Wow,” the woman said, “that is my old phone.  I had a new phone
system in the house, and I was planning to buy another one to bring to
the mountains for the summer, but I never got around to it.  So, I
decided to take my new phones with me, and I plugged in that old phone
right before I left.”
The new phone did not have Hatzalah’s number on it.  Hashem was
planning this salvation months in advance.  Also, it turned out that
the boy in sleepaway camp was misdiagnosed and his problem had nothing
to do with the heart. Baruch Hashem he is recovering nicely.
We are so fortunate that we have Hashem taking care of us at all
times, and working to solve our problems well before we even know
about them.



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