Thank You Hashem – Week 189

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

I get a ride to work every day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank You Hashem – Week 188

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

Thank You Hashem – Week 184

  • 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

Thank You Hashem – Week 177

  • 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.

Thank You Hashem – Week 176

  • 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.

Thank You Hashem – Week 171

  • Thank you Hashem for giving me the wisdom to thank you every day and not need a day called thanksgiving.
  •  Thank you Hashem for insulation! We put in foam insulation in the bedrooms yesterday. It was a great feeling to wake up in a warm room. Thanks for a great family who helped me clean up.
  • Thank you hashem for the special simcha of my brothers wedding this Wednesday. It’s amazing how hashem helps each person find their perfect match. No two people are alike and there are millions of people in the world and yet hashem has the right match prepared for everyone! May they be zoche to build a beautiful Jewish home.
  • Thank you Hashem for the 2 crisp fresh 5 dollar bills I just found on the floor.
  • The heater at my parents’ house was not working in the kitchen for some time now. The electrician came by and checked the thermostat so he could figure out what the problem was. When he opened the thermostat to see what was going on with the wires, He found the box burnt, the wires too were completely burnt as though they had been up in flames.  The wall around it had also been burnt. We are assuming some kind of fire went on in the wall without us even noticing. I do not understand how that could happen, but if anyone were to see the wires and the plastic box the assumption would be that it was on fire. Barouch Hashem nothing worse happened. It is a known fact that when electricity and fire are put into contact big damage can occur, especially when everything around it is wood and easily flamable. Thank G-d the only thing that happened here was that the heater simply stooped working. This is clearly some kind of miracle. Barouch hashem! Thank you Hashem for always looking out for us and for protecting am Israel from bad.
  • So many simachot to attend this week I am very grateful to Hashem.
  • Segulot for month of Kislev-The Month of Kislev known as month of miracles, one who wants miracle has always to be happy and thank HaShem for everything!!! ☀Rabbi Chaim Palagi promised: One who will not complain even once staring Rosh Chodesh Kislev and until the 8th day of Chanuka will see great miracles  whole year around!!! Just thank HaShem twice a day and recite Tehilim chapter 100!!! – There is a great merit to do a Seuda ( meal with wine and meat) and to say prayer of Nishmat Kol Chai- this prayer is good for miracles. – Nishmat Kol chai was written by Yitzhak and Rivka, this week’s Parsha Toldot we read always on the week of Rosh Chodesh. With the merit of Nishmat Kol chai they were able to change their mazal and Rivka got pregnant with twins. – At this meal we have to thank HaShem for everything we have and ask for miracles .Very important to pray for other people, when we ask for somebody else HaShem gives us also what we need. Because in the nature of a person to ask about himself first and we come and show HaShem we care about others, so HaShem is happy to see that His kids care about each other  Chodesh Tov
  • I was in the turning lane on Ocean Parkway and a car coming the other direction changes lanes from the middle to the lane closest to my side of the street. As he changes he crosses too far and is now headed straight towards me head on. I immediately prayed to Hashem. There was nothing I could do from the turning lane any move I would make would cause an accident. Hashem answered my tefilla nad had the car swerve back into his lane. Thank you Hashem.
  •  I saw a couple of missed calls on my phone from a client of mine. It had potential to be a problem. I davened to Borei Olam and called her back. Baruch Hashem all was fine. Hashem easily made it into nothing. Thank you Hashem for taking care of me.
  • From the archives..

 Dear Hashem,   THANK YOU!  For Your infinite kindness and compassion that You shower on us every minute! Thank You for the blessings in my life that are too many to count. For letting me be a part of Your family. Thank You for the things I know and see are clearly good and thank You for the things I’m not aware of but You know are good. Thank You for a life better than I could’ve ever asked for. For a family, school, friends, teachers, parents, siblings and the endless good that You alone provide. Thank You for giving me capabilities and talents. For my strengths, challenges, happiness, and health. Thank You for the Nisyonot that force me to grow. For the closeness I can achieve the more I learn. Thank You for giving the ability to pray. To talk to You, to beg, ask, thank, sing, and turn to You. Thank You for listening to our endless words of complaints when You never stop to give. Thank You for forgiving us when we’ve done so much wrong. Thank You for giving us a manuscript on how to live our lives the best way possible. For giving us a way to earn the best portion in the world to come. Thank You for such a beautiful world, and our ability to see it; hear it, smell it and feel it. Thank You for heart that beats, feels, loves, cares and gives. For a mind to control our body and a mind to let our control become Yours. Thank You for each stage of our lives where we learn new things and gain new perspective. For each time You took away our pain, soothed our hurt, tended our wounds, cried with us, lifted us higher and promised us a beautiful future. Thank You for little miracles we find in our lives. For the boundless joy we have as You give us Semachot. Thank You for shielding us from what other nations suffer. For giving us the pride of being Your children. Thank You for letting us believe, for the complete Emunah that You alone make the world turn. Thank You for those bursts of inspiration and light. For the smallest things in life that bring a smile. Thank You for the physical things in life that we must elevate, that sustain our being. The food, clothing, ice cream and fun. Thank You for Shabbat and Yom Tov and days we’re commanded to get close to You. Thank You for those messages You send us to remind us where You are. For those moments of loneliness, where we feel Your presence more than anyone. For that understanding we get that there’s no one to turn to but You. Thank You for the people in our lives that guide us towards You with such clarity. The people that care and respect each other. Thank You for loving us even more than a parent and child. For giving and giving and giving with no boundaries. For holding us tight and never letting go of Your children. For keeping us close to You throughout everything. Thank You Abba, Thank You Hashem for being a Father gives endlessly.

Thank You Hashem – Special, Week 169

About 20 years ago right after my father had passed away, I was approached by a neighborhood Yeshiva to do some fund raising for them. I had never done any sort of fund raising before. I didn’t know what to answer. I thought it would be a nice thing to do, a nice misvah right after my father passed away. They said I should get up in front of my shul and make a speech and then use the cards they would drop off by my house to mark the pledges down. Friday morning they dropped off 600 cards, but no speech. I am not a speaker and was left to fend for myself and try to get up in front of the kahal and make a speech on my own and do the fund raising for the Yeshiva.

I did it, I got up in front of everyone and made my appeal. After I spoke I was standing there with 600 cards. I looked to my side and saw a wealthy member of the shul, a friend of mine and I approached him and asked if he can start us out and help out the Yeshiva. His response shocked me. He started berating me. He started saying – How dare you approach me like this!, I will never help out this Yeshivah! and started to scream at me in front of the entire shul. I was humiliated beyond belief. He then angrily takes the card and tears it into pieces and THROWS IT IN MY FACE!!!  I put the other 599 cards in an envelope and gave up. I went home sat on the couch and cried like a Baby. I couldn’t continue,I was broken. I felt like I let my father down. I felt like I let the Yeshiva down. But that man deflated me. I was numb and could not go thru with this.

10 year later I get a call from a food organization asking if I can help fund raise for them. I paused and said this is my chance to get back on the horse and try again. I said yes and agreed to help out. I wanted to do avodat Hashem and was determined to do this Misvah that Hashem has resent to me.

I got to my place of business and had a wealthy community member show up as a customer that day. I approached her with a card for a pledge and began to ask if she can help out this wonderful food organization. Her reaction startled me. She angrily yells at me How dare you approach me over here for a donation!!! Who do you think you are!!. I am not here to give charity I am here for my own personal needs. I will not give you any donation. Don’t you ask me for any donations!!! I was shocked. But this time I was determined. I told myself I will not let her get me down. I will not give up the avodat Hashem I am trying to do. I am going to move on and continue full force ahead with great determination!

Within 6 months I was zoche to collect $140,000!!! Yes $140,000!

Being in the Parashiot we are reading this time of year the lesson was clear to me. Noach and Avraham were ridiculed and made fun of but they did not give up. They stayed true to the job of serving Hashem and did not let people bring them down. They persevered. This is our test. If we are growing and doing the right thing in serving Hashem we should not let a friend or colleague put us down. We must stay focused and continue in our avodat Hashem. Do not let any ridicule or any remarks take you off track. Keep on growing and doing the misvot we are required to do and stay strong believing and knowing that you are doing the right thing for Hashem and for yourself.


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Thank You Hashem – Week 167

  • Thank you HASHEM for the great gift that you have given to us, the Magnificent HATZALAH. During YOM TOV  of SUCCOT,they gave me a possible life saving treatment in the ambulance that led to my speedy recovery.They are my heroes.

I LOVE YOU HASHEM

  • Thank you Hashem for the kedusha in my beautiful sukkah.
  • Thank you Hashem for a beautiful healthy and happy succot together with family and loved ones.
  • Thank you Hashem for saving me from what could have been a disastrous and very costly mistake in work. Right after I saw the error, and saw what huge consequences it could have had, I immediately said a perek tehillim and prayed to Hashem that it should all work out ok. I said, Ein Od Melevado, I know Hashem that everything is from you and whatever happens is all for the best I’m not going to panic or get nervous. Shortly thereafter BH it was all resolved very easily with no issues. I resolved right after that to send in my Thank you Hashem right after.
  • Thank you Hashem for watching out for me and my family and having us not eaten from that cheese that they just found out was not kosher. I had bought it awhile ago, and sliced it and after what we thought was a mistake with using a wrong knife, I told my family I’m not sure what the status is of that knife that it was sliced with- or with the cheese now that we used that knife (which I thought might have been a meat knife that I haven’t used in years). Let’s not eat it. I also took another look at it and said, I don’t like the way it looks either- I’m throwing it away. BH, Thank you for not letting us have eaten from it.
  • Thank you Hashem for a son in-law who wants sefarim for his birthday
  • Thank you Hashem for the safe returning of 4 sifrei Torah to the Ave O synagogue
  • Thank you Hashem for all of our blessings we receive daily.
  • Thank you Hashem for Alan Tobias. I just received a picture of the most beautiful wedding in Israel. It is a person I know that was struggling a lot with religion and struggling in getting back on the right derech. What we would sadly call a lost soul. With the patience and personal example of Alan this boy has turned his life around. He has moved to Israel and has gotten married today in Sefat. Tears rolling down my face as I stare at these pictures and videos sent by Alan. A miracle if you ask me. All due to the way Alan in his own simple way made him part of his life and lead by example. Kidush Hashem. How he invited him into his home for Shabbat and made him feel important. We all need to learn from this and to remember never give up on anyone. And extra Hazuk Ubaruch to Alan for making the trip to Israel to be with him and celebrate his wedding. Mazal tov to the happy couple.
  • Thank you Hashem for allowing me the zechut to inspire people in my sucah.
  • Baby boy- mabrook.
  • My friends son has become a chattan. Mazel tov u bracha
  • My friend had a new baby boy- thank you Hashem!
  • 2 engagements on the same day – thank you Hashem.
  • My son called me on the phone and asked if I am at work and by my computer. I said yes. He says can you do me the biggest favor?  I was like yesss , here we go, what item does he want me to look up and buy for him.  He asks if I can go to the shas-a-thon website and tell him if his masechet is available for him to learn at the shas-a-thon. Thank you Hashem for my wonderful son.
  • Thank you Hashem for a great friends wedding tonight.
  • I attended a very inspiring siyum and want to Thank Hashem for sending me these moments of inspiration.
  • Thank you Hashem for a spectacular morning on the beach.
  • There was a car speeding down a one way street trying to make the light. I noticed it because he almost hit me as I was preparing to cross the street. He flew across the 2 way street and a man with a kippah on his head was calmly crossing and turning towards his parked car. He was strolling care free talking on his cel phone but he was about to get hit by a fast moving car. I quickly said Hashem yishmarecha! and somehow the car stopped right before hitting him. Thank you Hashem. Also see Hashems hashgacha how every person sees what is necessary for him to see. This man actually has no idea what so ever how close he came to being hit by this car, he had his back to the car at the time the car was approaching and never even saw what transpired behind him. I on the other hand HAD to see this, maybe in order to send a quick tefilla to Hashem? Who knows? Everything according to the perfect cheshbon.
  • In viewing how corrupt the world is as we watch the election. We are reminded how Hashem and the Torah are the only real true emet in this world. Thank you Hashem for the reminder.
  • Thank you Hashem for the gift of life and giving us a chance every day to become better Bh
  • Thank you Hashem for holding our hand each day and for never letting us fall. Thank you for helping a family member find a part time job just at the right time when the extra money is truly needed.

Thank You Hashem – Week 164

  • Thank you Hashem for letting me be part of Klal Yisrael and to witness Klal Yisraels great inner and outer beauty
  • Wonderful wedding mabrook and thank you Hashem.
  • Thank you Hashem for the much needed inspiration you threw my way this week!!!
  • Thank you Hashem for protecting me from dealing with a certain customer. At first I was wrongly upset that I was not getting an order from them but then worked on my bitachon and trusted that Hashem knows what he is doing. I later found out that Hashem protecting me from dealing with this particular person. It may have been a real problem getting paid.
  • Thank you Hashem , had a wisdom tooth pulled with barely any pain during and after the extraction
  • I was eating lunch at the pizza store and an old friend that I have not seen in a long long time surprises me by landing in the empty seat on my table. I was so happy to see him and we had a great talk. At the end I told him we should be in touch and meet for lunch. He answered, look how great Hashem is, he put us together here for lunch without us even planning it. Hashem planned it for us.Thank you Hashem.
  • Thank you Hashem that it is you who run our country and the world and not these 2 immature candidates running for president. Ein Od Milvado.
  • Thank you for the baby that was born, please Hashem protect and save the baby’s Mommy Malka Bat Rachel
  • Thank you Hashem for your endless kindness with me.
  • Thank you Hashem for the special opportunity to go in to a great Tzaddik and receive a beautiful bracha before Rosh Hashana.
  • Thank you Hashem for a regular and normal week.
  • Thank you Hashem for my simcha of two good friends getting engaged last week.
  • Thank you Hashem for the endless goodness that You do for me and my family on a constant basis – for all that I can see and for all that I cannot see and will never know about. I love you so much, Hashem!
  • Today there was a collector in shul that I was prepared to hand a dollar to. After hearing his sad story I handed him 10 dollars. I get to work and call Amazon for a question on my account. After the rep explained it all to me he says for the misunderstanding he is going to refund my credit card $100. 10 times the amount I just gave was gifted to me. Thank you Hashem.
  • Thank you Hashem for helping us all the time. We bumped a car this week and got out to survey the damage. B’h there was none and the people just waved us on. Thank you Hashem for protecting us from a serious accident and money loss.
  • I watched a fourth grade class while they were eating snack. One boy called out I am hungry I have no snack. Within seconds every other boy filled his desk with snack.
  • I attended a wedding with a couple of friends in order to do the misvah and chesed of making the bride and groom happy. We got to experience wonderful achdut. We met several people there and got to talking. We were so impressed with what looked like simple people, but they were doing such wonderful acts of chesed with their lives. The chattan was beaming with joy throughout the night. 3 days later I am walking to my car and I see someone walking out of the cleaners. He looks very familiar. I catch up to him to get a closer look and I say to him, are you a chattan, did you have a wedding this week?. He smiles bright and says yes and thank you so much for making it such  a happy night. He starts hugging me and we get to talking. He is a great guy and I invite him and his wife over for a shabbat meal. He says this week he has shabbat sheva berachot (I named the house he was going to and he smiled, we met the man at the wedding, one of the cheseds we witnessed was this man opening his home for shabbat sheva berachot for this couple 1 day before the holiday, mi ki amecha yisrael..)..I took his number and Bh will have them over for shabbat. Thank you Hashem for following up the wedding with the oppurtunity to meet the chattan, such a special nice person. Mabruk to him and his kallah.
  • Had a few different issues going on at the same time at work. Thank you Hashem for making them all fall into place so easily.
  • Thank you Hashem for the most wonderful year of life you granted me. I pray and hope to be zoche to another great year of life along with all of our beautiful people. May we merit greeting and celebrating the arrival of Mashiach quickly.
  • I took a very hard fall while playing ball. While on the ground I was unsure how injured I was. All sorts of ideas ran thru my mind. I was dazed. Baruch Hashem I slowly got up and within a few minutes got my bearings together and all is fine. Thank you Hashem.

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