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 185

  • I needed a product for a customer of mine. My suppliers did not have it available and needed a few days to get it. I checked amazon and saw the same part but was more expensive. I ordered it being I needed it right away for this customer and paid the extra cost. There was a problem with the item , it was not functioning properly. Was able to unscrew it,open it up and repair it. For fun I gave them a call to tell them about this problem and they offered to refund me in full for my troubles. I guess it wasn’t more expensive after all. Thank you Hashem for putting the thought in my head to call them.
  • It could be hard to find Hashem in every day occurrences. We wake up every day and go about our business without truly stopping to realize how much He really does for us. The things we take for granted on a daily basis all exist as gifts from God and it is extremely important for us to realize that each and every day in order to be grateful for what we have. That being said, I forgot about this for a long time. So many amazing things were happening in my life- graduated college, got a new job, got engaged- and I wasn’t stopping to thank Hashem for any of it. I felt entitled to these common life accomplishments that every person goes through in their lives without truly realizing that not everyone gets to experience these amazing things. I was woken up out of my entitled phase of being when something on the border of miraculous happened to me in which I truly saw that Hashem is with me every step of the way and always has a plan. Last year, right before the Summer had started I got a new job. I was working in retail for about five years and had gotten an offer for my first ever salary paid job in an office near where I live. Not only was the job better pay, but it was in the field that I graduated college for which was a huge bonus. I thought to myself, “this is literally perfect, what can go wrong?” Little did I know, my boss was an absolute tyrant. We weren’t allowed to take our breaks during our 9 hour days without him knowing exactly where we were going and when we would be back. If he decided that we weren’t worthy of a needed sick day or extra break during the day, we were yelled at that he was the boss and there was no exception. On top of that, he became obsessed with what I was doing every minute of every day. I was being monitored and yelled at if I was doing anything he did not approve of. The environment was so toxic that it was affecting my everyday mood; it was just awful. I can handle verbal abuse, but the thing was that I was being singled out. And to make matter even worse, I was being singled out because I am a religious Jew. You see, my boss was an Israeli man who was married to a non-Jew, but he lived within our community’s vicinity. He resented the community because they did not accept him and his family and took it out on me. He would say horrible things about the community to me, regardless of the fact that I asked him to please keep those kinds of things to himself. He would mock me for keeping Shabbat and gave me the hardest time when it came to needing certain days off for holidays. I was scrutinized and penalized on a higher level than everyone else in my office because I was Jewish and this was extremely toxic to me.       For nine months, I stayed at my job thinking I had no other choice. I told myself I should be grateful for the position I had and stop complaining about the emotional burned it was taking on me. I felt so hopeless, but I prayed every single day for a solution to my problem.      A few weeks ago, I had started a second job on a part time basis for an established Rabbi in Brooklyn. I was working hourly on my own time completing a few projects for a brand new website being created for the Sephardic community at large. The work was rewarding and the extra money was great. I would have never known what was going to happen next. The second week into starting my second job, my job with the tyrant became extra terrible. I was being yelled at left and right for “not doing my job,” when all I was doing was my job and then some. Finally, something crazy happened. I had went to the bathroom and took a phone call after washing my hands from the DJ we booked for the wedding. The phone call was all of 3 minutes and when I walked out of the bathroom, there was the tyrant ready to pounce. “You were on the phone at work talking about your wedding, you are not doing your job!!” he yelled quickly. I tried to explain myself but I was answered with a loud, “I don’t care what you have to say. I am the boss and this is how I see it,” to which I finally broke. I left work that day and couldn’t even think about going back the next day. Then and there, I called the rabbi and spoke with him for a little while. He told me how he really needed someone full time to do the work that I was doing and we were able to work something out. I finally was able to leave that terrible job for good!!       So now I am doing meaningful work for a great man who is trying to create an amazing website for our community in which there will be daily halacha, classes, hashcacha pratit, and so much more in order to inspire so many individuals who need it. It really is a dream come true.       This experience allowed me to see that Hashem plans things for you without you even being aware of it in the slightest. I took that second job just for a little bit of extra money in my pocket, and look what came from it! An amazing new job in which I get to do mitzvot and get to work with amazingly righteous people on a daily basis.   Now I see that everything is from Hashem and if you pray hard enough, He will be there for you no matter what!
  • Thank you Hashem for the special month of Adar when we are given the special misvah to increase our Happiness. How awesome is that? Think about that for a minute.
  • Thank you Hashem for putting me in the right place at the right time. I was able to be a good listening ear for someone who needed it. On top of that Hashem put the correct words in my mind to say to this person and build them up and give them confidence going forward. Thank you Hashem and Bh tons of beracha for this person.
  • Thank you Hashem for the gift of another week and of course to write in “Thank you Hashem emails”!  Last night I was driving and the GPS was having a mind of its own……I said aloud to Hashem to please help me find the sign to the highway that I needed – and very soon after – the sign appeared! Thank you Hashem for your kindness!   Thank you Hashem for a wedding tonight!      Thank you Hashem for my life that is surrounded with so many good things and regular normal things! So happy to just live!!!

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 175

  • From Mitzvah Man – I posted on our facebook account that we were having a Chanukah Party for senior citizens. I asked for volunteers to donate money for some gifts for the senior citizens, like gloves, scarfs etc… I got a response right away from someone saying here is my credit card please charge me $100 and get some gifts for the senior citizens. The next day I post a message that we have 2 autistic children that have never been to a Basketball game and if someone would like to donate 2 Knick tickets please reply. The same guy replies right away and says, here is my credit card number go and get any seats that you like. He continues and tells me, I am a chiropractor and I have been having a very hard time with the insurance companies getting paid. I have been doing a lot of work and not seeing any payments. This problem has been very difficult and has been going on for months already. Yesterday as soon as I replied to you to get the gifts for the senior citizens, the very next email I opened up was from the insurance company saying they are sending me a check for $150,000! . He continues and says, Hashem is great and WANTS to give us, he sometimes waits for us to take the first step.  Happy Chanukah
  • Thank YOU HASHEM!! FOR EVERYTHING!!
  • Wedding last night and Bris the next morning. Mabruk.
  • Thank you Hashem for the beautiful hag of hanuka and all that it symbolizes. Thank you for always being with us, helping us and protecting us. Thank you hashem for my wedding anniversary. Having my husband and family each day is a beracha that I cannot thank you enough for!
  • Thank You H-shem for giving us the holiday of Hanukkah were we sit around with our families lighting the candles admiring and praising You for saving us from the Greeks against all odds and for saving us time after time from Esav up to today.  Also gives us time to reflect upon the millions of miracles that happen to us everyday. Hanukkah its a “Thanksgiving” holiday Thank you for enjoying it together with the family, having a roof over our head comfortably.
  • Thank you Hashem that I was able to help out a family that was going to be without their father for an extended amount of time.
  • Thank YOU Hashem for a safe trip with my family
  • Thank you Hashem for this beautiful holiday of lights!
  • I got a big paper cut during work then it became freezing so I put on a sweater and even gloves. A little after I put on the gloves I was taking a big pile of papers and somehow it went against my finger AGAIN. If I wasn’t wearing gloves I would’ve gotten a HUGE cut. THANK YOU HASHEM for letting it be freezing and for making me wear gloves and letting me get one cut for kappara.
  • Wow , had a very hectic schedule at work today and needed to leave early. One of the things on my list just took care of itself on its own. I had to call and put in an order for a customer that I had on hold waiting to ship out today. I get an email from the distributor with a confirmation for the order and shipping confirmation. Thank you Hashem.
  • A chanukah miracle and miracles surround us all the time. I was at a certain super market. I was very short on money at the time and struggling. All of a sudden I get a text from a friend who knew my situation. He tells me that he has a credit that I can use on his account at the super market in case I am short on money right now. To please just go to the register and give his telephone number. I say wow I am in the supermarket right now thinking what to do and you send me this thoughtful and caring  text. I say ok and ask which supermarket I should go to. He replies and it is the exact store that I am standing in!. Thank you Hashem for making this special bond between our people. The outside world can not understand it. The great thing is, is that this friend knows I would do the same thing for him and Have done it for several others. Thank you to this friend and most of all to you Hashem.

Thank You Hashem – Week 174

  • Thank you Hashem for challenging times- they are perfect opportunities to show true authenticity!
  • From the archives… Thank you Hashem that I got married this past Sunday night to the most wonderful wife! My story of meeting Audrey is purely from the Shamayim. my cousin gave me Audrey’s phone number saying to call her up for a date. my response was that I know Audrey ,,,I’m not interested  ,,,, she’s not for me …. Something a regular guy would say about being set up. My friend Raymond’s mother in law approached me about Audrey around the same time (she and my cousin have no connection) and I gave her the same response. Soon after — I went out with another girl where our first and only date was a total disaster. It was really a bad night for me  ….When I get home, I say to myself  — what have I got to loose, its only a date. Let me call Audrey and be open minded. When I reach for her number to call ,,, we have a great conversation on the phone and I ask if she still lives in the city  … she tells me that she never lived in the city and that she’s lives in Brooklyn.We made plans for Thursday night…. I go ring the door bell and introduce myself to her father. All of a sudden….some girl who I never saw before in my life comes running out of the kitchen !!!!!!!It was a totally different girl who I thought I was picking up. A totally different girl than the one I said is not for me!This was all from Hashem!!I know everyone in this community and I never saw this girl before in my life…..It turned out I was pleasantly surprised that night and we continued dating until we got engaged in May. Hashem made two people approach me about Audrey, he sent me on a bad date so that I could learn to take more risks and he led me to my future wife. I am living proof of you never know give it a shot and let Hashem take care of everything else! Thank you Hashem for guiding me to my wife! Douglas Abade                                                                                                      …FAST FORWARD TO TODAY—Baruch Hashem my friend Douglas just had his 2nd BABY GIRL! Mabrook! Hashem is great.
  • Thank u Hashem for giving me the strength to go through my week. Things can be hard , but knowing it’s coming from u and it’s all for my best gives me reassurance that you’re taking care of me
  • Thank you Hashem for letting me receive tremendous nachat from my children
  • Thankful for intuition – Hashem’s radar
  • I had to call a customer telling him I made a mistake on an order he already has in his possession and the price is going to be several hundred dollars more than anticipated. I was thinking what and how to tell him. I prayed to Hashem and said just pick up the phone and say the truth like it is no big deal. Baruch Hashem he said no problem, he will pay it. Thank you Hashem
  • A couple of unexpected bills just popped up. I needed to come up with some extra money. The next day someone comes over to me and apologizes for being so late. I didn’t know what he was referring to. He then hands me money that he owed me that I had forgotten about. Thank you Hashem for the perfect timing.
  • Thank you Hashem for Rabbi Elbaz and the energy he brings to his inspiring Torah Shows.
  • Baby girl- mazal tov
  • My phone line was ringing. It was a customer that already had his order fulfilled and I figured he just had some sort of questions about it. Wasn’t in the mood but took the call. Turns out he is opening another location and just doubled his order. Thank you Hashem
  • its a BOY- mabrook to all
  • Had a Bar Misvah, an engagement and 2 brisses this week Baruch Hashem.
  • Thank you Hashem for the Simcha you sent to me at the perfect time.
  • I was about to lease a car from a dealer but got a little busy at work and did not have the time to complete it. It’s a good thing I did, he called me 1 week later with a special they were running on the exact car and I saved a substantial amount of money. Thank you Hashem for putting the idea in my head to wait.
  • Thank you Hashem for sending me a misvah dioraita-from the Torah. It lead me straight into a 2nd misva dioraita proving that one misva leads to another misva. Thank you Hashem I am very grateful for these opportunities.
  • Thank you Hashem for the excitement that is in the air as we approach Chanukah!
  • Bar misvah this shabbat- Thank you Hashem.

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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