- Thank you Hashem for all of the challenges that You put before me. Every one I overcome makes me stronger and stronger.
- Thank you Hashem for making me Jewish and frum!! giving me a neshama! always hope! reminding me to look for the good in each thing
- Thank you Hashem for our amazing trip to Israel. We enjoyed every step (literally),every sight every prayer every meal. The cold and the warmth. It was great. And spending time with my son’s who are learning in yeshiva was the icing on the cake.
- Thank You HaShem for letting me live and for thinking about me even though I’m really nothing. Thank You for my teeth and letting me chew without pain BH. Thank You for letting my sore throat go away on its own without going to a doctor – HaShem You are my only doctor I love You!!
- Thank you Hashem for beautiful weather these last few days.
- Thank you Hashem for helping me with the words of chizuk to inspire and help others.
- Thank you Hashem for regular routine – ability to wake up, daven, go to work, take care of things, return, relax, go to sleep – B”H for the regular hum drum of normal life.
- I had a small problem come up. I was about to speak to my wife about it but decided what good would it make to have her possibly get aggravated? Came back to work and the problem went away on its own. Thank you Hashem and I am happy I didn’t worry my wife for nothing.
- Thank you H-shem that my son got married last night it was a beautiful Simcha. I want to thank everyone that join my wife and I in the celebration. We should always share Semachot together. Thank you for doing such a big Chessed for me and my family. May the built Bayit Neeman VeIsrael. They should always be happy together and go in your ways at 120 years.
- I had an injury to my teeth and it became very difficult to take a simple bite to eat. It made me appreciate the genius in how our teeth function. Something I took for granted. Thank you Hashem for my teeth. Another one of your ingenious creations.
- I had to call someone to buy something from. In the end he ended up asking what I do and he ended up giving me an order! Min Hashamayim- Thank you so much Hashem your hand is so clear.
- Brit milah- mazal tov.
- I had my car parked at a spot on the corner. I went out to help someone with a quick errand. Came back to see that a car crashed right into the spot where my car was parked. The chesed save me from this accident. Thank you Hashem and thank you Hashem that nobody was hurt.
- Had 2 weddings this week- thank you Hashem for simachot
- A friend of mine needed some help. Thank you Hashem for making me the shaliach and being able to help him out and fulfill the misva of viahavta lireacha kamocha.
- Heard great news, someone who has not had a child in many years has had a baby boy.
- (from the archives).. The biggest mitzvah is to help a friend before he falls off his donkey. A man approached me the day after I read that “the Biggest, mitzvah is to help a man before he falls off his donkey.” I just lost my job’ I need help till I get another job” immediately, I reached out to his close friends and raised 5000 dollars for him. After 1 month he approached me and said ” I just got a job” I can’t thank you enough for sustaining me for the past month with the 5000 it was a tremendous help and kept me going for the past month”‘ thank you,”When you hear if a friend in trouble, help him, before he falls off his donkey! Shabbat shalom
- My friend just had a baby boy- thank you Hashem..
- Received my tax ex card in the mail and took a chance and emailed the co. thanking them. I added if possible to credit my past purchases for the tax and they said of course no problem..thank you Hashem for the extra gift.
- Thank you Hashem for 183 weeks of Simcha emails… every time I get one I remember the positive energy that went into starting these emails and it puts a smile on my face to see how beautiful it is to focus on a few of the berachot Hashem is constantly giving us!
- Hashem thank you for a new experience, that I had mixed emotions about experiencing. Helped me grow as a person.
- Thank you Hashem for a beautiful, healthy, and perfect baby born to our family!
- Thank you Hashem for my beautiful healthy daughter! Children are so precious and are such a beautiful gift from Hashem
- Today I witnessed a kidush Hashem I saw a person getting publicly humiliated and he did not respond. He took the embarrassment with basically not opening his mouth or answering back at all. In my eyes it was not an embarrassment but I give him kavod and respect for holding back and absorbing the embarrassment in front of people. He is elevated in my eyes. I later went over to him and complimented him and asked him for a beracha. We are taught that a person who holds back in a moment like that has ability to give berachot. B’ezrat Hashem he should see much honor and happiness..
- (from the archives).. – 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.
- Thank you Hashem for the order that was waiting for me on my voice mail when I arrived to my desk.
I suddenly remembered to check on a refund for a 600 dollar return. The return was done over a month ago. I called to check on it and they said they did not process it yet that I need to speak to another department. Spoke to them and took care of it and refund on the way to my credit card. Thank you Hashem for having me remember, otherwise it would have probably been lost in the shuffle.-Thank You HaShem for letting us have Mashiach to look forward to and for letting me be religious and for giving us such an easy Mitzvah that can make us live by Mashiach- to eat Melave Malka!
-thank you Hashem for a healthy grandson and thank you for my daughters delivery without complications ,May Hashem bless him to grow in the ways of our Torah and be a source of nachat to klal yisrael
-Thank you Hashem for keeping us healthy. Our son was born with fluids in his kidney. The doctors weren’t sure if he would need surgery. They ran tests and said the water is going down and BH doesn’t need the surgery. Thank you Hashem for our two healthy kidneys.
- Thank you Hashem for my trip to Israel.
-Thank you Hashem for the order you sent me. It is so clear that you are in control of every detail in the world. Thank you Hashem.
-Thank you Hashem for everything!
- People were telling me about a certain girl to consider for a date. I kept pushing it off nicely thinking it’s not for me. Everyone had such nice things to say about her but for some reason that I can’t explain I just didn’t jump on it. When the 3rd person mentioned it I said ok lets give it a shot. I went in with my guard down and ended up having a wonderful time. As we continued to go out everything kept falling perfectly into place. I was just hoping that she was as happy as I was. I am very Happy to say that I got engaged to the most wonderul kallah that was hand picked for me by Hashem. Thank you for the people who advised it and Thank you Hashem for opening my eyes. I hope I can be a great husband to her, she deserves it.
Thank you Hashem for helping me to put more meaning into my tefila and strengthening my connection with You. I feel so good! I love you so much and can never ever thank you enough for the zillions of kindnesses that You do for me, my family, and all of Am Yisroel. Thank you!
– Thank you Hashem for showing us your beautiful hand in our world. Today is a spring like 60 degree wonderful day. Tomorrow we are expecting a winter like wonderful snow storm. Ein od Milvado.
-Had a close call, was about to make a left turn in front of oncoming traffic but decided the cars may be too close that I should stop and wait. It’s a good thing I did, had I gone for it might have been trouble. There were 2 people in the cross walk crossing the street. Don’t want to think about having to make a decision in that spot of what to do driving towards them as the traffic would have been hesded straight for my vehicle. Thank you Hashem for saving all of us.
-Mabruk to Rabbi Dabbah on his new grandson.
-so proud of the Bar Misvah boy Manny Haber who is growing into a fine young man. Nachat to all his family BH..
- Thank you Hashem for each day that passes healthy, happy and safely!! Thank you for always being there and helping us.
Simcha of Pidyon Haben-mabruk.
Thank you Hashem for keeping us safe in the snowy icy conditions.
I was about to go out and buy a nice bottle of wine for Shabbat. My doorbell rings and it was a gift from a guest. An excelent bottle of wine. Likvod Hashabbat. Thank you Hashem for the home delivery and of course thank you to my special guest.
Thank you Hashem for Tu Bishvat- a great time to reflect and see your unlimited greatness.
(from the archives) -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.
Thank you Hashem for all the wonderful things in this world! I love you Hashem!!-Thank you Hashem! for my life, my parents & in-laws, my wife & kids, and everything I have in my life. Last week, I took my family to the shoe store. After being in the store for a few minutes, we noticed that we left our toddler in the car. I ran to the car, which was not locked, and Boruch Hashem he was still there, and was ok. He was just crying because he wanted me to take him out, ‘and I wasn’t coming.’ Thank you Hashem for saving him from any harm. + saving me from lots of legal trouble.
-Thank You Hashem:
A few nights ago, at a Pidyon Haben, my son ate something that he was allergic to. He immediately started feeling sick, and threw-up a bunch of times. Then went to sleep, woke up at some point during the night to vomit again, took care of himself, went back to sleep, and woke up in the morning feeling perfectly fine.
Thank You so much for sparing us any serious reaction! We love You, Hashem!
-This is the second time this happened. Someone has done a nice chesed for me in secret. I have no idea who it is. Thank you to this person and Thank you Hashem.
-Had a bill to pay someone who has done some work for me. Baruch Hashem I remembered that I gave him a 500 dollar deposit a very long time ago. He did not have it deducted from the bill. I only caught it because Hashem made me look for something else and had me see the payment at the same time. Thank you Hashem.
-Thank you Hashem for the free hotel room that I was able to take my family away too.
-Thank you Hashem for the fabulous people you have sent to assist me with something that has come up. Your nation, Our Nation is so unbelievable!!.
-THREE of my friends had grand children this week- thank you Hashem
- Had a discrepancy over small amount of money in a store. I said to myself, even though you are right, don’t argue. Take it from the shalom money that Hashem returns to you and just pay the person. Thank you Hashem for this fund.
Thank you Hashem for our wonderful experience in Eretz Yisrael last week. I rented a sim card and before I went my nephew called me and told me he has an extra sim card also so I took it just in case. When I landed I tried the card i rented but it didn’t work (guy claims it never happens)… Baruch Hashem I just slipped in the other one and it was fine.
I went into a shul this morning and was extremely excited and emotional of the site I saw. I saw a friend from way back in high school sitting in a class with a Rav holding a Gemara in front of him. I asked and found out that he is part of this class every morning! I flashed back to when we were kids and thought to myself, who would ever have thought that this person would end up learning Torah in a class every morning. I thought this about myself as well and want to thank Hashem for letting me see this and appreciate how we have grown. Thank you Hashem.
-Made a great business connection that can be helpful.Thank you Hashem for sending it to me.
- Thank you Hashem. An order I was working on over 3 years ago has come back to life. This happened because I was trying to do a chesed for someone that works at this company. While he was involved in what I was helping him with he came across a new person in the company that handles what I was selling. He mentioned me to him and he said ok to take the next step with me. I believe it has something to do with me trying to help this person that Hashem actually made it that he was able to help me right back. Thank you Hashem.
-(from the archives).. -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.
- Thank You Hashem for not making me a goy. Early this morning I was walking to my car in order to go to shul. There was a garbage truck a couple of houses before my house so I started to walk quickly to my car so I would not be stuck behind the truck. The driver saw this and he purposely speeded up and stopped right in front of my car so I could not get out. Only a goy can go and make extra effort in order to be mean. Our Jewish nation is much greater and we go and make effort in order to good, to do massim tovim for people. Ps I made it to shul on time. Hashem is great.
- Thank you Hashem for my beautiful and healthy children
- A storm is raging outside now. Inside – all is warm – we have heat, electricity, food, etc. Thank you Hashem!
- Thank you Hashem for a beautiful shidduch that happened with a member of the community last week.
- Thank you Hashem for my job. It is the perfect place for me. I learn so much and am reminded of what’s the real purpose and real truth and real pleasure in life.Thank you Hashem for always guiding me and helping me. Always with me and my family. I love you, Hashem.
- For me the greatest Simcha is knowing that even though I am going thru a difficult time right now,at the appropriate moment I will be able to look back and thank Hashem for it. We don’t always understand the darkness but we have been saved enough times to know that it’s for our good and one day we will appreciate the pain as what changed and saved us.
- The moment of childbirth is incredibly painful but there is no greater moment of happiness in creation!
- Thank You HaShem for letting me not go on winter vacation because I know that everything is for the best- thank You that at least I have a house to live in to begin with and for health and every single single thing! I love You!!!
- Thank you Hashem for special moments in my life. Like today when I stopped from my work day and surprised my son by picking him up from school for lunch. We had a very special time. Thank you Hashem
- Thank You Hashem for the rain this week. It’s been a long time since we’ve been in a drought situation & looks like there will be no issues this year either! Even California, which has been suffering from drought status for a while is getting plenty of rain.
- Thank You Hashem for electricity. & that we did not have any outages during the storms this week. What a convenience we all have with electricity & running water on a regular basis, with no issues. In this day & age, most of us have standard luxuries that are even better than what kings had years ago. Thank You Hashem!!!
- EIN OD MILVADO- An uncommon occurrence. I received a camera ticket in the mail that also had a late fee of 25 dollar on it. I paid the fine but sent in a dispute of the late fee being this was the first we heard of this. I was about to just pay it thinking why waste time they never dismiss these things but said ein od milvado, our job in life is to try and Hashem sends the results. Baruch Hashem got an email confirmation this morning showing that they have dismissed it. Thank you Hashem.
- Baruch Hashem I was zoche to help someone in finding a job.
- archive by request.. -Thank you Hashem for showing me the difference of the way a Jew does a chesed and a goy does a chesed. While in the hospital on shabbat and the goya nurse was telling me and my mother how they are bringing in an emergency cardiac arrest patient. I thought she was going to tell us how she feels bad or how she is going to help or whatever, but she did not. She tells us how she can’t believe this is happening that it is 630pm and she goes home at 7pm that now she will have to hook the patient up to all the machines and do all the paperwork. She was carrying on and on how she is supposed to be off at 7 and now she is stuck with all the paper work and I couldn’t hold myself back and I told her; When you are getting nervous while doing your paperwork I have an idea for you that may help, stop and think would you rather be the one in the bed with cardiac arrest, or the one doing the paperwork?…she immediately changed her tune and started telling us we are right and that she knows their is G-d in the world and she hopes he lets her into heaven and she went on how we are so nice and how nice we are treating all the hospital workers, so a kidush Hashem also came out of it. We were also able to see the wonderful chesed the Jewish people were doing in the middle of their personal shabbat time, stopping everything willingly and happily ,coming to the hospital with bags and bags of food,magazines,drinks you name it. Saw alot of chesed being done by the Jewish people with the correct attitude. Mi kiamcha Yisrael.
- 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 this 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 this 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 needed to take this boys father so Hashem becomes the orphans father! Thank you Hashem
Hashem Runs the World
By Rabbi Chaim Morgenstern
One of the most fundamental concepts in Torah hashkafah –Hashem is in complete control of all that transpires in the world. Although we are all aware that Hashem runs the world, it is hard to internalize this concept until we actually feel it.
Chazal say that in the era preceding Mashiach’s arrival, the generation will look like dogs (pnei ha’dor k’pnei hakelev, Sanhedrin 97a). The Chafetz Chaim cites Rav Itzeleh (son of Rav Chaim) Volozhin who explains that when someone throws a stick at a dog, the dog will try to take revenge on it by biting or kicking it, because he thinks it attacked him. The dog doesn’t realize that the stick is inanimate and controlled by a human being. The dog should be angry at the one who threw the stick, not at the stick itself.
For example, what is our initial reaction to the constant wave of anti-Semitism that is plaguing the Jewish nation?
Similarly, when oppressors rise against the Jewish nation, people should realize that these oppressors are the “staff” of Hashem who are merely carrying out His will. Instead of getting angry at the oppressor, we should realize who is controlling the staff, and direct our tefillos to Hashem and entreat Him to relieve our suffering (Lekach Tov Bereishis, p. 255).
Being influenced by the media, some people’s reaction may be to blame it on the foreign policies of the leading Western countries. Therefore, we reason, if there would be another president or prime minister, things would be different. This mindset is what I call “a dog’s mentality.” (See my book “The Parsha and YOU” for a complete discussion on this topic.)
Rav Dovid Ashear writes a parable about a man named Isaac, a rebellious son who came from a wealthy family. The only thing that kept him close to his father was his father’s money.
One day at the age of 21, he got fed up with abiding by his father’s rules, and he told his father that he is going out on his own. He said, “I don’t need your money anymore. I will become wealthy by myself.”
He traveled to a distant city with a desire to make it big. The first day there, he was unsuccessful finding a job, and he did not even have money for lodgings. He was forced to sleep on a park bench.
The next day was the same story. He was tired. He was hungry. He had second thoughts about leaving his family, but his pride would not allow him to return. The third day in the morning, somebody was passing through the park, and asked Isaac why he was sleeping there on a bench. Isaac told him that he did not have money or a job. The man said, “Don’t worry. I have work for you. You could walk my dog every day for a half hour. In exchange, you can have a room in my house, and I will provide for you three meals a day.”
Isaac was so thankful for the opportunity. Now, with less pressure, he was able to search for a job with a clear head. Eventually, he found a position in a bakery, and they paid him a very high salary for the small job he was doing. After a while, he had enough money to rent his own apartment, and he opened up his own bakery. He took a place that had cheap rent, but it was in a terrible location, and during the first month, he actually lost money.
Then one day, a man walked into the store, bought something, tasted it and said, “Wow, this is delicious! If your store was in a good location, you would make a fortune.”
Isaac said, “I wish, but I don’t have the money.”
The man said, “I believe in your product. I’ll go partners with you. I will put up all of the money to buy you a store in a prime location, and we’ll be partners,” and that’s what happened.
The store did so well there that Isaac was able to buy another store, and another store. After just two years, he had five stores and was very successful. At that point, he decided to write a letter to his father. This is what he wrote:
“My dear father, I wanted to tell you that after three years of being away from you, I’ve made my own fortune without any help from you, or my brothers. You are welcome to come see my bakeries whenever you want. It just goes to show you that hard work and perseverance are the keys to success. You don’t need a rich father to succeed.”
A few days later, Isaac received a letter back from his father and this is what it said:
“My precious son, I am very happy to hear that you are doing well. But for your ultimate benefit, it is my obligation to tell you what really happened. Did you ever wonder why a total stranger would let you stay in his house for just walking his dog for a half hour? I sent that man to you to get you off the streets, and I paid your rent there for the whole year.
“And, did you ever wonder why you were given such a high salary in the bakery for such a simple job you were doing? I got you the job, and I paid your salary. Also, I sent that man who walked into your store, and offered you out of the blue to be your partner, he was using my money. When you were in the new location, I paid off the customers to come to you to make you successful.
“You see, son, it is not your hard work that made you your money. It is your loving father, who will always love you. Love, Dad.”
This parable speaks to us so much. So many times we work hard, we see success, and naturally we feel good about our hard work. We think, “Look how my hard work paid off. Look at what I can do when I focus on something!”
Hashem would tell us, “Who do you think put the money in your pocket to be able to do what you did? Who sent you the customers? Who gave you the ideas? Who gave you your health? How is it that everything always works out so perfectly?”
It is not only in business. Our loving father is behind everything. He is the one sending us the messengers for our health and welfare. He has so much to give, and He loves to give to us. We have to recognize, however, how much we need Him. We are nothing without Hashem.
Hashem is involved in every part of our day, and every second of our lives, and we should constantly seek His help.
- thank you Hashem for making my son feel better !
- Thank you Hashem for a husband that believes in me, and promotes my talent. Thank you Hashem for giving me the opportunity to be an Ima to my son who is a warrior, and gives me strength.
- So proud of my son who has started learning Mishnah in school this week.
- Thank you Hashem that my daughter has become a Bat Misvah
- I was sitting at the Shabbat table Friday night with my wife and my two kids. My son who’s two and half years old and my daughter who’s four months old. I started reading the THANK YOU HASHEM weekly at the Shabbat table so that everyone can take part in the amazing things that happen. A few weeks ago, as I was reading it my son asked me for the papers so he can read it. I told him, first Aba will finish and then he can have his turn. Waiting patiently he listened to me reading it out loud and hearing me repeat the words thank you Hashem for the amazing story. When I finished reading it I gave him the sheet of paper and told him ok now we will listen to you read it. He took the paper stared at it and said thank you Hashem thank you Hashem for the story. I want to thank Hashem for the amazing Nachat we get from this boy every day. May we watch him grow to be a chacham in klal yisrael. Amen.
- Thank you Hashem for saving me from getting some big chargebacks from one of our customer. We shipped by error wrong barcodes on some items. Usually they would charge us to repack the items with the correct barcodes. I asked Hashem to fix the situation without losing any money. Lo and behold they somehow agreed to leave the wrong barcodes on them which is very rare. Thank you Hashem for always being there for us at all times.
- how about an I’m sorry Hashem. Life has been so fast paced that we haven’t said thank you. Bh it is for good things. So thank you for our days that are filled with lots of fun things to do!
- Thank you Hashem For the reflectors on the highway road We can see when it’s pouring rain!! BH thank you Hashem
- thank you Hashem, I’ve pulled my wisdom tooth out about a week ago and when you pull it out they give you antibiotics so it should not get infected. I wasn’t really interested in taking it but I said you never know let me be safe and listen to my doctor. Baruch Hashem I did cause a few days later my son was unfortunately in the hospital and I was diagnosed with bronchitis. The doctor said I would not be able to visit my son because I may spread more germs to him which may cause more harm. However when I told the doctor that I was already on antibiotics for my wisdom tooth being pulled out a week before and today was the last day of my medicine . He said well then great your good to go. your body already had the medication it needs to help fight it. you an go visit your son!! thank you! thank you Hashem. Hashem really had everything all planned out to the minute .
- Baruch Hashem all went well with the week of Sheva Brochos & Shabbos Sheva Brochos. Spent quality time with family & everyone came & went safely. Thank You Hashem! & no weather issues.
- Thank You Hashem for watching over my daughter that went to Eretz Yisrael this week.
- Looking forward to the inauguration of a new president for the United States of America who looks to be a lot friendlier to Israel than his predecessor. Thank You Hashem for our freedom to vote & freedom of religion.
- Hashem sent me a nice sale that was totally unexpected. I was very happy. Suddenly the customer noticed the pricing and said to hold off, he needs to get an approval of some sort. I prayed very hard and spoke closely to Hashem. Made a kabalah. The next morning he calls and says, go ahead with the order as planned. Thank you Hashem.
- Everyday after Shachrit my routine is to go to the bathroom before my hour plus bus ride to the city. Over the years, we’ve gotten accustomed to having weekly collectors come around the Shul. Some we are favorable to and some not so. One day this week, one of the non favorables came around. It turned out as he was finishing up collecting, we both met at the bathroom at the same time and washed our hands together and wound up saying the Asher Yasar together. Lately, I started saying the Beracha slowly, trying to have the proper kavanah and wound up saying it much slower than the collector from Boro Park. Afterward he said to me “Wow I started saying my Beracha fast as usual but when I saw you saying it slowly I slowed down to. I told him is a very important beracha and if said correctly it takes care of many if not all illnesses. I think after our encounter this religious man will saying the beracha slower. YOU NEVER KNOW WHOS WATCHING YOU AND THE IMPACT YOU CAN HAVE ON OTHERS. Maybe this story will impact you to. Shabbat Shalom!!
- So many wonderful simachot this week. Sunday had a bar misvah, Monday had a wedding, Wednesday had a bris and a pidyon. Thursday an engagement. Friday night the simcha of our precious Shabbat.
- Got back to my parked car and found a ticket on the windshield for parking meter reciept not visible. Under the ticket a malaach put a parking paper within 2 minutes of the ticket so I can get it dismissed. Thank you Hashem and thank you to this mystery person.
- Thank you Hashem for saving mine and my family’s lives. We were on the way home from NY back to Cleveland, and I was driving our 12-passenger van. Suddenly the brakes stopped working. There was an exit coming up, and everyone screamed for me to take it. Because I was so panicked and flustered, I got off the exit. While getting off, I realized I should have stayed on the highway and used the long shoulder to let the car slow down and come to a stop on its own. As I was thinking that, I realized that I’m on an exit that’s on a downhill, and we’re about to approach oncoming traffic, that was moving at a high speed. My heart was racing, but there was nothing I could do. I tried pumping the brake pedal to no avail. I closed my eyes and asked Hashem to help us. Miraculously, the car came to a complete stop, on its own, a mere inches before the intersection. None of us could believe the open miracle that had happened. We had the car towed to a nearby mechanic. He told us that we’re so lucky to be alive, because the brakes were completely gone, so there was no way that I could have stopped the vehicle. Thank you Hashem
- We have just arrived home. I thought I left the holy land of Israel but when the Taxi pulled up to my house in the totally dark early morning hour, I saw holiness. My brother inlaw Joey Rishty getting out of his car to go and learn with his son Sammy in shul. It is really amazing, especially when you get home from Israel, it is a little sad how unaffiliated most of the Israelis there are. We are so lucky. THANK YOU HASHEM.
- I have no words that can properly express my thanks to Hashem for walking my daughter to her wedding this week to an amazing young man & a beautiful family! We are thrilled with the marriage & Boruch Hashem look forward to wonderful things from this couple. May there always be many more simchas in Klal Yisrael! Also want to thank Hashem that the snow from just a couple days before the wedding did not affect anyone’s ability to get to the wedding. We were zoche to have many family members join in the simcha, some of whom spent many hours traveling to be at the simcha. Thank You Hashem again & thanks for everyone that was able to partake.
- Hashem, simply you are the best! Thank you
- This past Sunday night I was rushing home so I can get to shul and pray mincha & arbit. I had to find a parking spot near my house, get the kids out of the car & get all the packages out of the car & get everything & everyone into the house as it was very very cold. I grabbed all my stuff from the car, cell phone, cell phone charger, hat, gloves, packages, etc…. I had a lot of stuff in my hands and I was trying to stuff some of the stuff in my jacket pockets. Later that night I went to get my cell phone charger from my jacket pocket & the plug was missing. I said to my wife, it must have fallen into the snow as I was getting everything out of the car, so she offered to go out to check (it was 11 p.m. & I was already ready to climb into bed). I have the BEST wife!!! She came back 5 minutes later & said she didn’t find it. I said ok, I will say a prayer and on my way to shul in the morning, I will look for it. Baruch Hashem, I found it!!! Thank you Hashem for helping me find it!
- Baby boy- mabruk
- 2 baby girls were named in shul this week. Mabrook and many more simachot.
- I was driving down a one way street this morning and a young boy was riding his electric scooter in the street against traffic. He was not driving it steady, he was wavering a little. He was not wearing a helmet. As he passed me I made a tefilla to Hashem for this boy to be safe and protected. At that moment I see in my rear view mirror the boy on his scooter swerving out in front of an oncoming mini van. The van stopped and the boy regained control and straightened out back to the side of the street. Thank you Hashem and parents please push for everyone to wear helmets.
- Thank You Hashem for letting it rain during the night and letting it be nice weather today!
- Thank you Hashem for always being with us, helping us and caring for us. Thank you for regular happy healthy days that just pass by. Each one is a blessing and is truly appreciated.
- My friends daughter has become a kallah- mazal tov.
- I just heard about 3 different simachot in a row. Hashem you are so generous and kind to us.
- Thank you Hashem for helping me in passing a test in not getting angry. I was faced with a situation and was about to react angrily but I caught myself. I handled it with a smile and with shalom. Baruch Hashem it all worked out perfectly. Had I gotten angry it probably would have made a very big mess. Thank you Hashem for letting it all work out so perfectly and with great pure shalom.
- As Rabbi Wallerstein said, the greatest simcha a person has when leaving the hospital, is when they disconnect him from all of the machines and take out all of the wires.He now feels free. We have to thank Hashem that we are here and that we are not connected to any machines with any wires. Thank you Hashem.
- Thankful for Hashem’s light. It’s time for a tune-up with taking care of myself and inspiring my family to do the same.
- thank you Hashem for giving us amazing people in the world that would come up with such a great way to share you glory and miracles with everyone.
- THANK YOU HASHEM FOR OUR BEAUTIFUL NEW BABY BOY, IT’S SO OBVIOUS THAT EVERYTHING IS FROM HASHEM.
- Thank You HaShem for everything that I never thanked You for and for everything that I did thank You again and again!
- I was driving in an area that had a lot of Jewish simcha halls and noticed how all the parking lots were full. I want to thank Hashem for sending so many beautiful simachot our way.
- Thank you Hashem for helping me find a job!
- We are taught that the small things are what make us great. I was at a supermarket in Lakewood and didn’t take a wagon. I grabbed a few things in my arms and headed for the cashier. There was a long line. The man in front of me saw me holding my stuff and flips down the child seat at the front of his wagon and says, here, please put your stuff down you don’t have to hold it. Mi Kiamecha Yisrael. Thank you Hashem for our wonderful people always caring for each other.
- Thank you Hashem for putting me in the right place at the right time.
- Was able to encourage someone repeating one of the stories from the Thank you Hashem email- Thank you Hashem for siyata dishmaya.
- I was on a 2 way street waiting to make a left turn. There was oncoming traffic so I waited until it was safe. In my rear view mirror I see a gigantic truck speeding up extremely fast so he can make the light before it changes. He was headed straight for the back of my car at full speed!!! If I pull up I would be going head on into oncoming traffic, a Varsity bus no less! I had to react- I quickly started to pull up slowly crossing into the oncoming bus hoping he would see me. Baruch Hashem he was able to slide over just enough so that this foolish truck driver didn’t hit me and cause me to crash into a bus. Thank you Hashem for this protection.
- I was able to help out someone in making a simcha. I am sending this in because someone commented about how great it is to help out for a happy occasion and I jumped in and did it and feel great about it. I want to thank Hashem because after doing this, Hashem sent me a great happy occasion of our own to celebrate with my family. I somehow feel it is Hashems way of rewarding me. Thank you so much Hashem.
- Thank you Hashem for letting me experience nachat from my family.
- (after i told this incident to the Rav involved his idea was to publicize it) A friend of mine had sent me an email of a very inspiring story to read. I was very moved by it and immediately added it to our Parasha weekly emailing. One thought came to mind, that Rabbi Morgenstern in Israel sends me his Parsha Pearls to send out and sometimes includes a story for me to attach. I was thinking I do not want to insult him chas vishalom and send this story and not his if he includes one. I was deciding what to do and in the mean time I said I will wait for his email, who knows maybe he will not include a story for this week at all. His email arrives and I open it anxiously waiting to see if he has a story attached and lo and behold, I see the word story. I say to myself, uh oh- I really wanted to send out the story I set up already it is an awesome story. I said maybe I will send his separately in the morning but realized he is in Israel and it will be shabbat already for him. Finally I snapped out of it and said what are you thinking, we don’t insult or hurt peoples feelings. I go and open his story to put it in and was shocked. IT WAS THE SAME EXACT STORY!! What were the odds of this? The Rabbi is in Israel and I am in NY. How many zillions of stories are there in the world and we “ Happen” to have the same exact story . Hashem took care of this without there even being anything to be taken care of. Thank you Hashem.
- Thank you Hashem for our Surprise Shabbat guests.
- Had brit milah to attend this week . Mabruk.
- My cousin made a wedding –Mazal Tov to all-may they build a bayit neeman biyisrael.
- Thank you Hashem for these parashas showing us your hand clearly in having Yosef Hasadik appointed king. All that had to transpire for Yosef to end up where he did is amazing.We are reminded of this in our times seeing all that transpired in order for our president to be elected. Clearly Hashems hand for all to see.