Thank You Hashem – Week 232

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank You Hashem – Week 231

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

Thank You Hashem – Special

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank You Hashem – Week 230

  • My friend is here from Israel, he has a great organization that feeds over 2,200 families for the holidays. He is a real baal chesed and does things lishaim shamayim. I was on the phone with him and he tells me how he went to do Bikur Cholim for someone yesterday in a Hospital in New York City. This alone was a big mesirut nefesh as he traveled from Lakewood to Deal to NYC for this. He said the brother of the man he was visiting was very touched by the visit and hands him five hundred dollars. He says what’s this? He says this is for your organization. You did such a great misvah by coming here for bikur Holim I would like to give you a donation. He said he put the money back in the man’s hand and said thank you so much I really appreciate it but I am here for the misvah of Bikur Holim, I did not come here so you can give me a donation. If you want to participate of course you can be part of it, you can call me and I will be happy to come over and pick up a check but I do not want to minimize this misvah of Bikur Holim. I do not want to put a price tag on it, I am here 100 percent to see your brother. The man could not believe his ears. To me this is a kidush Hashem. We should all learn to do things with the right intentions like this sadik.
  • My 18-month-old son was having bad stomach virus issues. This was going on for 3 days already and we were getting worried. We waited another day and then we went to the Radiologist. They did several sonograms and told us to wait in the waiting room and do not leave. They finally come out and tell us he has stomach Intussusception – which means that one of your intestines has folded over and he may need a certain air type of procedure right away. We send the info over to the pediatrician and head over there right away. We get there and he says this procedure will not work, I looked at the pictures and you need surgery right away. I called Columbia Hospital and have the number 1 surgeon in this field with his team ready for you. Go there right away. Rush to the hospital. On the way I call my Rabbi and tell him what is going on and he says his daughter had the same thing and mentions the air type procedure. I tell him they said it won’t work. He said to Tell them to try it. Now I am thinking I have the number one surgeon waiting for me to do this surgery, how can I tell him do me a favor let’s wait I want to try this procedure? I didn’t want to lose this surgeon. We get to the emergency room and register. The baby is crying in pain. I ask to please send us to the surgeon right away and they tell me he is not here that he is at a conference. The person from his team on his own says let’s try the air procedure and see what happens. They hook him up to the monitoring machines and Baruch Hashem it worked!! We did not have to do the surgery. Hashem planned out that the Surgeon that was supposedly waiting for us not be there, opening the window for us to do this procedure. The baby is doing great Baruch Hashem. We also experienced another siyata dishmaya. They had a very difficult time getting the IV into my son but finally got it. We were going up on the elevator and my wife notices my sons hand blowing up- she quickly ripped off the tape-the worker saw what was going on and pulled out the IV. It was not going into his vein, it was not in properly and it was causing his hand to blow up Baruch Hashem we caught this. Thank you, Hashem, for always watching over us.
  • For a few days I had several personal challenges that made it very hard to have Bitachon.  It was quite a struggle to remember that Hashem gives us troubles to make us stronger.  But, knowing that I am only human, Hashem gave me the space to work things out.  When I was ready to calm down and really look at the situation, Hashem was there waiting for me.  Thanks Hashem for not giving up on me even when I was not at my best.
  • Thank you, Hashem, for the excitement of Rosh Chodesh Adar and the great Mazal that accompanies it.
  • Thank you, Hashem, for letting me go to work at a job that I enjoy.
  • thank you, Hashem, for protecting our home. The back door was open all night and day thank you!’
  • Last night, 10:30pm I went to purchase some food for my son and nephew in Yeshiva, who claim they’re starving! After the cashier rang up my balance, I was ready to pay but his computer froze. I needed to catch the Rebbi taking the package when it was still an earthly hour and it was getting late. After a few minutes of the cashier tapping keys with nothing happening in return, my teenage daughter who came along to make it go faster (but really wanted to finish studying and go to bed) let out a huff and said, “oh no! this is crazy!” I replied, “no, I thank Hashem for this tremendously! I’d much rather be in a lit, warm supermarket with ppl all around if I needed a late night, rather than be stuck out on the road with a flat tire in the dark and cold! (and no cell phone, since it fell down a drain by a parking spot a short while ago) As soon as I completed my thought the cashier’s tap on the key worked and he processed the payment! I was out of the store less than a minute later and made it to the Rebbi on time! my daughter left the store with her mouth hanging open
  • My 5-yr. old daughter said today thank you Hashem that my headband was sticking out of the ball pit so it didn’t get lost!
  • Thank you H-shem last week you gave me a great and wonderful gift to celebrate the Pidyon of my grandson that B”H has the same name as me.  May You always give my wife and me and my whole family more semachot. He should live healthy, happy, with Ahavat H-shem and Yirat Shamayim.
  • Thank You H-shem tonight is my birthday thank you for all the years you have given me together with my family.  May you let me live till 120 years healthy.
  • Thank you for these inspiring emails that help us remember Hashem and appreciate our blessings.

Thank You Hashem – Week 229

  • Last night I was at my niece’s wedding having a great time Bh.  I went over to my boss who was a guest at the wedding to say hello when he told me that he just lost a large amount money. Thinking it fell out of his back pocket, I helped him look around for it but no luck. He said Caparah avonot.  Throughout the night I continued to look around for it but nothing.  Towards the end of the night I went back to the bar (I must have looked under the table 5 times throughout the night) and found a credit card wallet with No money. Sure, enough the wallet belonged to my boss’s son who was also at the wedding. When I returned it to him, he didn’t even know it was missing. Hashem made my boss lose his money just so I could fine his son’s wallet…….  The next morning, I received a txt from my boss saying he found the money by the door of the Shul.   Amazing!!
  • So, I’m thankful for Hashem that so many times I don’t know where I’m going for Shabbos meals and it always works out.
  • Wow, I just passed a major test. I had good reason to really blast someone and let them have it. They sent me a text that was a bit insulting. I planned it all out and got on the phone with them ready to let him have it. As I started speaking to them I said you know what, for the sake of shalom let it go and don’t mention how he texted you very disrespectfully. I shut my mouth and made like nothing happened. Thank you, Hashem, for letting me pass this test.
  • Baruch Hashem, we had an order to ship from our warehouse to a customer, the customer received it but the order shipped incorrectly, again, reship, incorrectly again, the 3rd time bh they accepted it but the labeling was wrong. The issue was a big part my mistake, we should have ordered it correctly in china… But it was too late. The order was messed up, the customer was fuming and they have gotten the bosses involved… realizing what had happened this was a big bump in the road. Pressure crashing down on me. BH recently my wife mentioned she read from Rav Arush, that if a person thanks Hashem and accepts Hashem’s will it can all turn around. BH I Thanked Hashem and accepted it. My superior calls me later in the day. He recommended me to confront the bosses myself and apologize before they mention anything to me… bh Hashem has given me the courage to face them. Later, I receive a phone call with a compliment from my superior BH! the bosses were happy that we faced the fire acknowledged and took responsibility. Baruch Hashem, what could have been a big bump turned into a compliment! THANK YOU, HASHEM,
  • I feel so grateful to Hashem every time I call my parents on the phone.  The fact that they are alive and well, Baruch Hashem, is such a blessing.  I never take it for granted.  Every time I get to hear their sweet voices over the phone, I feel that Hashem has given me such a gift.  Thank you, Hashem, for every moment I can speak to them or can spend time with them.
  • I was online trying to make a purchase for business. It would not go thru for some reason. Every time I pressed the buttons it would not complete. It was strange and I said I will not do it now. Baruch Hashem, if it would have worked I would have lost at least $500. Thank you, Hashem, for this protection, clearly you orchestrated the transaction not being able to go thru and I saved the loss of this money. I love you Hashem
  • A conversation with Hashem: Me:  can I ask you a question?

Hashem: Probably!

Me:  Promise you will not get mad? Hashem: Do not be afraid.

Me: Why did you let so many things happen to me today?

Hashem: What do you mean?

Me: Well, it started with the fact that I did not get up in time.

Hashem: Yes…

Me: The car did not drive because I ran out of battery and I needed someone to help with cables.

Hashem…

Me: At lunch, they brought me the wrong dish, and by the time they fixed my order, I had to go and I did not eat.

Hashem: carry on…

Me: When I left the office, I came to answer the cell phone and it fell and broke.

Hashem: What more?

Me: And when I came home all I wanted was to relax from the terrible day with the new device I bought for a foot massage and found out it had been sold without an electric cable!

Hashem: I understand.

Me: Nothing worked out for me today! Why did you do this Hashem?

Hashem: The Angel of Death came to visit you this morning and I had to send my angels to fight him. I let you sleep at that time.

I did not let your car move because just as you were leaving, a drunk driver came back from the route you were driving and he would hurt you.

The restaurant worker who prepared your dish was sick and if you were infected, you would suffer and lose work days that I know you need.

The person you were talking to on the phone would go to lie about everything you said to him and cause you great harm, so I preferred not to answer.

Oh, and for the massage device … The specific device you bought was with an internal malfunction. If you plugged it in, it would send a short in the whole house and you would be in danger of severe electric shock.

Me: Wow, I did not think about all those things. I’m sorry I doubted you and complained without thinking there might be a reason for everything … Thank you God for saving me today from all the bad things that could happen to me.

Hashem: It’s okay, you have nothing to apologize for or admit. What matters is that you have learned and now you know that I do not do anything for no reason and have My own way of making My plans …

Such conversations happen with God every day, only we cannot hear His side of the conversation. With a little patience and faith, we will understand that even when it seems to us that He is ignoring, He listens well and in the end, His ways will become clear to us down the road. Thank You Hashem for all that You do every single day.

Thank You Hashem – Week 228

  • Mitzvah Man – Had a call for an elder person who needed Shabbat food cooked and delivered to his home for a few weeks during the winter. A volunteer stepped up and did the cooking and delivered delicious Shabbat food to this person. The volunteer was asked only to do it for a few weeks. She did it for SEVEN YEARS! Seven years every week-cooked and delivered. This chesed is off the charts. Thank you Hashem for our wonderful people.

  • Thank you Hashem for allowing me to serve you in aruba
  • Thank Hashem for the most amazing trip to Israel thank You for giving us land that we can call home and thank you for keeping me safe. Thank you for giving me the money to be able to go I’m very lucky.
  • Thank you Hashem, I saw a girl was almost hit by a bus as he was turning in, she was almost under the wheel and the girl started running and the bus realized the last sec.
  • Thank you Hashem, he sent my workmate to tell me where I should go for my TMJ, as I was suffering a while and didn’t know what to do about it. she told me where she went and b”h was able to be helpeThank you Hashem for healing my father after 8 weeks in the hospital and rehab. Thank you for letting the doctors discover and take care of a second issue for which he was not admitted to the hospital for.
  • During the summer I did not get an order from a company I was working with. I accepted it and thanked Hashem. This morning Hashem just showed me how bad it would have been to deal with such people. Thank you Hashem for your protection.
  • Had an important test being done by the Doctor. They prepared me for a terrible outcome. I opened my tehilim and prayed very hard. I made a donation to sedaka. I went back in to the office and Baruch Hashem they told me they were mistaken and everything is fine. Thank you Hashem for every wonderful day that everything is fine.
  • Baby girl Shabbat , Bris Sunday, BAR MISVAH Monday, Wedding Tuesday, Engagement Wednesday and a Wedding Thursday all to be followed up with Shabbat Kodesh. Thank you Hashem for simachot.
  • I had great reason to get angry and upset with someone and really blow my top. I held it in and said ok to everything they were firing at me and I did not lose my cool. A few moments later I was rewarded with a great financial gain from this person based on the fact that I did not scream at him. He told me he could not believe how I controlled myself and ended up giving me a great financial deal after gaining his trust. Thank you Hashem for helping me pass this test.
  • I received a call from a potential customer. They sounded like a small operation. I went down to see them and was shocked at the large order they gave me. This was clearly Hashem showing me who runs the world. Thank you Hashem.
  • Bishvil li bara Hashem et haolam-for me the world was created- I suffered an injury to my foot and was forced to wear ugly crocs to work. Something I would never wear. I was able to do this and not be embarrassed because somehow the world thinks ridiculous Crocs are normal. Thank you Hashem
  • Thank you Hashem for Rabbi Ozeri and all he does for all of us.

Thank You Hashem – Week 227

  • Last week I had to take my son to the dermatologist.  While he was there, I had the doctor look at something on my foot.  It turned out to be nothing much, but he asked me if there was anything else I wanted him to look at.  I asked him to look at a bump I had on my face, and he told me that it was pre-cancerous and needed to come off.  He took it off then and there.  Thank You Hashem for getting me to the doctor in time.  Once again, Hashem you came through for me at the right time.
  • Thank you Hashem, we had a beautiful baby girl from my daughter Ilana and Manny Haber this past shabbat at 10am. This is the first Debbie (my wife’s namesake) and this weeks Haftarah for Beshalach just happens to be….”Deborah Eiysha Neviya!”
  • Thank you Hashem for bringing my yeshuah!!
  • I heard a beautiful story to say Thank You to H-shem.  “Somebody wrote to the Lubavitch Rebbe complaining that he can’t take anymore that he needs a bigger house, he has 2 boys and 2 girls and he lives in a 2 bedroom apartment.  Every time he comes home, his wife complains to him that their children don’t have room to play, to sleep, to do their homework and they are always fighting one on top of the other.  The Rebbe answers him:  1.  Mazal tov for getting married!!! Do you know how many people are looking to get married and they don’t find their zibbug?; 2.  Mazal Tov for having 2 boys and 2 girls!!!! Do you know how many people had been trying to have children for years and they don’t?; 3.  Mazal Tov for owning your own house!!!!  Do you know how many people have to pay rent and move every few years for not having a place of their own?  The Rebbe finishes the letter saying YOU AND YOUR WIFE SHOULD FIRST EXPRESS THANK YOU TO H-SHEM FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS THAT HE HAS BESTOWED UPON YOU. NOW PLEASE WRITE TO ME AGAIN WITH YOUR REQUEST.  The man was too shy to write to the Holy Rabbi again.”
  • Thank you H-shem for all the numerous blessings that you bestowed us every single moment of our lives, like Nishmat, even if we had all the ink in the world and unlimited amount of paper it’s not enough to say Thank you for one of the billions of Chesed that you do for us at every moment.
  • A year ago a person asked me to do a chesed for someone he knows that was sick. Of course I said ok and helped them out, it was nothing difficult a small simple chesed. A year later this person was talking to me and I tell him I am making my sons bar misvah in a couple of weeks. He asks if I have all the money. I answer and tell him the amount I am missing and am praying to have it by the time the bar misvah day arrives. The next day he hands me the exact amount of money to make the bar misvah. I asked where he got it from and all he said is that it was from someone who had hakarat hatov to me for something I helped them with. I figured it out that it was the sick person or someone in their family. Thank you so much Hashem for helping me out. I feel like you sent me that chesed opportunity a year in advance as a test to see if I would get this help to complete the bar misvah payment. Thank you to this person as well. This was such a nice thing for you to do. I did not help them looking for anything in return. Hashem is so perfect. Thank you Hashem for my sons bar misvah.

 From the archives..

  • I heard an amazing story this morning about this Talmid Chacham who got hurt badly in a terror attack, he was so badly hurt and the Dr said he will never be the same, Am Israel got together to daven for him and with his determination to get better he exceeded all expectations today he is getting married!!!! To a girl who organized endless Tehilim groups and chesed in his name without even knowing who he was!
    This is to show you that when we do selfless chesed for others we ourselves see yeshuot and more importantly don’t stop the tefilot, bora Olam hears them!!!!!!
  • Last Friday I was putting together a class on the subject of appreciating Hashem’s kindness throughout the year and truly being happy to serve Him with our Torah learning and performance of mitzvot. I was in a local shul and decided to write down some notes and points to focus on. The midrash was just cleaned up and the tables were ready for Shabbat without the regular random papers around that I would normally use for this. So after looking all over for just one piece of paper to write on, I finally found it- and turning it over, it was someone’s printout of this email. So I took this as a clear nod of approval from Hashem. For a class about “Thank you Hashem”, I was being told to use the back of this beautiful collection of people actually thanking Hashem!! May everyone who participates in this project be blessed with a year of siyata dishmaya, inspiration and closeness to our Creator!

Thank You Hashem – Week 226

  • Walking to my car this morning I see a garbage truck pulled up right beside my car. I just missed getting out in time. I did not get nervous and as I walked to my car I passed my neighbor and said looks like I am stuck for a while. As I approached my car the garbage man was walking right behind my car, I smiled and said How ya doing, he nodded and acknowledged my greeting which is a milestone, he is usually a very grumpy bitter person. He then gets in the truck and does something I never saw in my life. He puts the truck in reverse and backs up allowing me the space to pull out my car and be on my way. The power of a simple nice greeting to someone. Thank you Hashem.

-YOUR THANK YOU TO HASHEM MESSAGE HERE-

  • I have been reading and studying Tehillim in depth, and I thank Hashem for all of the help He has sent my way.  Since asking Hashem for help with my learning, I have found many wonderful websites and online shiurim that go into depth on Tehillim.  I also ordered an interlinear book of Tehillim that is amazing.  I carry it with me everywhere.  Thank You Hashem for always putting what I need in my path.  Thank You also for eyes to see the words, ears to hear the shiurim, and a mind and spirit to learn and feel the messages of Tehllim.  I love You Hashem.
  • Hodu la H-shem ki leolam Hasdo.  B”H my son had his first baby, my grandson and everybody is healthy. B’H the brit is going to be this week,(Rosh Chodesh-Wednesday) and I”H I’m going to be the Sandak.  H-shem showers us with kindnesses constantly and we should always be able to see them blatanty and tell Him thank you.
  • I was reminded of this old story this past week and thought it would nice to thank Hashem for his Hashgachat Pratit. Several years back our area had a major snow storm and everything was basically snowed in. There was about 3 feet of snow on the ground. My cousin was getting married that night and it was a great simcha for our family even though we had no idea if and how any of us would get there. (The wedding itself is a whole other story that has been written up in jewish magazines). I believe 2 or 3 other weddings that night were forced to be done in their houses. Anyway, approximately 2 or 3 pm this snowy stormy day of the wedding my cousin very matter of factly calls me and calmly asks if I have a shirt for him that he can wear to his wedding. I was like what did you say? and he calmly repeats his request. Now it was my turn to be the older mature cousin and give him a lecture. I tell him you wait until the afternoon of your wedding day to try and find a shirt for your wedding?!?!? Are you for real? never mind the craziness of this storm-as I am lecturing him I am staring out the window at the snow storm, in the middle of my speech I see a car service trudging some how thru the snow. I quickly say I gotta go!! and hang up- I see the phone number on the door of the car and I quickly call the car service and rushingly tell him please stop the car on Avenue…right away- I tell him please I have a shirt can he just drive it around the corner? He puts me on hold, comes back and says run down to the car right now he is waiting. Hashem has a plan and takes care of everything and my cousin showed me there is never a reason to panic. Just relax and don’t worry and everything falls into place. His attitude that he lives with is a Kidush Hashem.-Happy Anniversary
  • thank you Hashem, I bought a salad and I usually get big pieces of broccoli and this time they gave me small pieces and my jaws-tmj were hurting badly today and I wouldn’t have been able to bite the big pieces.
  • This may not seem like a big deal but to me it felt like a hug from Hashem. I’ve been trying to find a very warm winter coat for a while now but anything I liked was out of my budget. Today my mother in law came in from Brooklyn for my daughter’s play and says “honey I brought you a coat” I said oh Moshe told you I was looking for one? And she said no! It is so so warm and elegant! And best of all it was free! Thank you Hashem!
  • Thank you Hashem for always helping me out and for bringing my yeshuah!! I was going through a rough time and Hashem showed me how it’s all okay and how I’ll be fine!
  • I have another simcha to add.  My husband and I started a new business last year, and I do the accounting.  Well, I don’t really know what I am doing and am learning as I go.  I received an email from the Department of Revenue to contact them right away.  My first instinct was to ignore the email out of pure fright.  Instead, I closed my eyes, asked Hashem for help, and had complete Bitachon that He would find a solution.  I called them back, and it was just a general question and nothing, thank G-d, serious. Thank you Hashem for showing me yet again that good things come when I put complete trust in You.
  • Thank you Hashem for the amazing trip to Cleveland for a family wedding. We had some crazy weather on the way there and b”h made it after a really long driving. Thank you for getting us there and back safely.
  • I have a new appreciation for my microwave. The spring that latches the door closed broke & my family got a gentle reminder from Hashem how useful this appliance is & how often we use it. Thank You Hashem for the microwave & all the other appliances in the house!

Thank You Hashem – Week 225

  • I was walking home from Shul Saturday night with my kids.  My daughter & son were having fun running through the snow & they ran ahead of me.  My son ending up running past my daughter & all of a sudden my daughter screams out to my son to STOP.  There was a car pulling out of the driveway & my daughter saw the car, but my son did not see the car.  My son was an inch away from the car when he stopped.  I asked my daughter what happened and she said she saw the car’s blinker on so she scream out to my son to STOP! Thank you Hashem for giving my daughter the ability to see the car’s blinker and the daat to scream out to my to STOP!!! And Thank you Hashem for saving from son from not getting hit by the car!
  • Thank you Hashem for giving me so much good in my life in all areas and continuing to provide for all of my needs. I love you. Everyone should always say that to Hashem many times daily.
  • Thank you Hashem we had a little scare with my daughter who wasn’t breathing after she fell while playing on the rug and started crying ……… Chasdai Hashem he somehow gave me the ability to do mouth to mouth even though I have no idea how to do it but it worked and she started breathing again. Went to the hospital for additional testing to make sure it wasn’t a seizure and Baruch HaShem all tests came back perfect. The doctor thinks it was just a breathing spell (couldn’t catch her breath from crying)  she’s back to her normal self as if nothing ever happened. Thank you Hashem !!!
  • Thank you Hashem for letting the unbelievable happen to me!! It was calming, amazing, drugging almost 🙂
  • Thank You HaShem that every single thing that happens in my life is for the best and nothing is unfair!
  • Thank you Hashem for the birth of our beautiful and healthy daughter!
  • Had a Bar Mitzvah in Baltimore last Thursday night. With the storm predicted for Thursday, we went Wednesday night instead of Thursday afternoon. Hashem was so kind to us, as we got there right when the first flakes started falling & in the end, Baltimore got just a dusting. Lakewood got hit with 12+ inches! Trip took us less than 3 hours & others that went on Thursday ended up travelling around 6 hours!! & in addition, my neighbor asked if he could park his car in my driveway so the snow plows could clean the street properly. As such, after the snow, he shoveled himself out, which left me with a cleared out driveway when I came home Saturday night! Thank You Hashem for taking care of everything for me!! Thank You Hashem for the Bar Mitzvah celebration & getting to spend some time with the extended family.
  • Really icy this morning & heard of someone that broke his ankles when he slipped. Thank You Hashem for directing my steps without falling, not only now with the ice, but ALWAYS!
  • Sound

“S” as in “Sam”

“O”

“U”

“N” as in “Nancy”

“D” as in David

How often do we find ourselves speaking on the phone and spelling out letters that do not come clear through a headset or speaker. Thank You Hashem for giving me the best audio and speaker system- one that can hear even from far away the subtle differences between letters and sounds. What a Beracha it is to hear words of Torah, our children laughing, the horn of an approaching car, music- all clearly and beautifully. We can hear from all directions (surround sound) in full HD! When we are sleeping our ears automatically lower the volume so that small noises don’t disturb our rest. Our ears don’t need batteries and are always “on” and working so that we can enjoy the sounds of life at all times.

Chazal say that a deaf person is considered as if he is not living. Thank You Hashem for giving us the sense of hearing and the gift of life!!

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