Saved By a Kidney

By Rabbi Chaim Morgenstern

There are many stories testifying to the gadlus (greatness) of HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita, stories heard from the countless number of people that visited his home seeking his wisdom and instruction.

A family in which one of the sisters developed a serious medical condition had to face a kidney transplant once it became clear the dialysis was not a viable long term option. The parents decided to look for a donor for a transplant. Four of the brothers were determined to be suitable donors. The potential donors agreed they would visit Rav Kanievsky and draw straws to determine which one of them would donate a kidney. The youngest brother became too frightened of surgery and told the others that he cannot give a kidney, but agreed to accompany them to Rav Chaim. They visit took place, and when they drew lots to determine who will donate a kidney, the lot fell on the youngest brother, the same one who stated he is too scared to go through with the transplant.

Those present were certain Rav Chaim would instruct them to draw again between the brothers who were not afraid. However, Rav Chaim told the youngest brother than since the lot fell on him, he must donate the kidney to his sister. “You will not lose from this but you will have good health” Rav Chaim told him.

As the young man tried to tell Rav Chaim he is scared, he was interrupted by Rav Chaim who reiterated that he must go through with ithe transplant and that he will have good health.

The transplant procedure began in Beilinson Hospital in Tel Aviv, where the young brother was in one room and the recipient, his sister, in an adjoining operating room.

After the doctors removed the healthy kidney from the young brother they were astounded to find a growth, albeit a small malignant one that was not detectable because it was under the kidney growing towards the pancreas. The doctors told the family that they never would have detected it without the transplant surgery, and that by the time the growth would have been detectable it would have been too late.

Since the kidney was not usable, the brothers returned to draw lots again at the home of Rav Chaim to determine who will merit giving a kidney.

Once again, it is seen that listening to the words of this Gadol Hador not only saved the life of the sister, who required a kidney, but the younger brother who had no idea that trying to donate the organ would save his life.

Thank You Hashem – Week 143

  • As I was doing my errands L’chvod Yom Tov – couldn’t help but marvel at the sheer number of people all around doing the same! Thank you Hashem for a community with so many healthy people! young/old/children/teenagers – so much joy preparing for the Chag! Thank you Hashem for so much blessing
  • I had to write a card to someone who is going through a hard time. I started typing up the text and everything just flowed! Was done in a few minutes. I kept reading the wording over and over again – couldn’t get over how beautiful and to the mark it was!  Thank you Hashem for the gift of writing! Thank you Hashem for putting all the right words together! Thank you Hashem that the message was well received and hit the mark! Thank you Hashem for everything!!!!
  • have a good short story to share it happened Monday I forgot to take my brief case with sefarim with me on the bus. I was so upset. I boarded the bus and remembered I had the tehilim app on my phone so I started to read the daily tehilim for Monday. When I finished I noticed I had a good 20 minutes left I said Hashem it would be great to be able to learn for the remainder of my train ride I wish I can do just that. Just then the old lady who was sitting across from me who was not Jewish handed me a bag with a Jewish magazine that also had a small pamphlet with laws of netilat yadayim and mayim acharonim. She said here give these to your children… I was so happy and said thank you Hashem and started learning the remainder of my ride.
  • This past Thursday night my 1 year old broke out with red dots on his body and he had a high fever as well. We called the doctor and he told us to go to the emergency room. The doctor at the emergency room wasn’t sure what it was so they sent us home. The next day the rash on his body got much worse we showed it to a pediatrician who thought it was the chicken pocks. As the day went on it started to look more like hives and the fever didn’t go away either by Friday night almost his entire body was covered in dark red blotches. My baby was extremely uncomfortable we went back to the emergency room again Friday night. This time the doctor detected the issue he had coxsickie which caused a hive like reaction all over his body! The doctor warned us that it’s only the second day and that  it’ll probably get worse for another week or so, with that we left. The next morning I wake up and I look at my baby and the hives were gone! I was shocked it was supposed to be getting worse. We brought him back to the doctor after Shabbat and he said he never saw anything like this before. THANK YOU HASHEM!
  • My sister had a very hard time sleeping, as she couldn’t breathe through her nose. She Boruch Hashem had a successful surgery to be able to breathe through her nose. We’re so lucky that Hashem gives us the ability to breathe without needing surgery.
  • I researched a topic in הלכה and within five minutes someone called with a question on that exact topic!
  • Thank you Hashem that when I came back to work after Yom Tov – there were so many Mazel Tov’s!!!!!! Thank you Hashem for a beautiful Yom Tov with my family!
  • I have so much love for Hashem right now, I can’t even express it in words.
    thank you! thank you for this website where I can tell the world how much I love Hashem.
    lets everyone love Hashem!
  • Read from Rav Zilbershtein: Lag B’Omer – 2015 There was a buss full of Passengers returning from Meron, and midway wanted to Enter the parking lot or garage, but the entrance to the parking lot had a Very long line of buses. The Driver said to the passengers: You have two options, Either enter the parking lot, but it will take about an hour, to enter the parking lot until we stop And go back to the bus, etc., the second option Continue driving without stopping to Bnei Brak, What do you prefer? All passengers responded unanimously they prefer to go straight to Bnei Brak Without stopping at all. As they drove the Passengers noticed that sundown was Approaching, and asked the driver to pull over so they could pray Minchah. The driver Agreed, but told them: as soon we Exit Route six, then I can stop on the side, and indeed he did, he entered Route Six, and found a place to stand on The side of the highway and stopped. The passengers got out of the Bus to pray. Suddenly when they started to pray,A soldier arrived and began to pray with them, after Prayer, they asked the soldier where did you come from? After all, the place is a highway, far From any settlement, and how he suddenly appeared here? The soldier replied: I am a Ba’al Teshuva, And on Rosh Hashanah I made a kabbalah to always pray with a minyan. And I indeed Baruch Hashem kept the kabala!.I was stationed in the south, my commander at noon today informed me that I can leave and don’t need to serve now. I found a driver who agreed to take me up here. I got out. Suddenly I see That it is sunset. And have not prayed Where am I going to find a minyan?I prayed to Hashem with all my heart Almighty please I want to pray with a minyan. And suddenly while I prayed to Hashem. Stops in front of me a Bus and people get out to pray. Hashem set up that this entire bus load of people will some how have to be put at this part of the highway in the middle of no where just for this one person who made a kaballah and cared so much about keeping it .Sometimes even today 2015 a person makes a kabala, Secretly inside concealed, no one knows and Hashem shows him his Haa’ra Panim!!
  • 2 engagements and a Bris this week, thank you Hashem
  • Baruch Hashem I found tzion nephesh’s site daily zohar. It’s deep teachings make me happy.thank you Hashem.
  • Dear Hashem, I could never list all the things you have done for me since birth. I thank you for every miracle today and every miracle tomorrow. I know very little about my true self but God bless my Queen and your country. Bless you Hashem and may our works and lives always be pleasing to you,our God. “You are God my God, Where you go I will go also” I “Fear not because the Lord thy God is with me wherever you may go”. I believe this with this with my whole mind, body and being. Many times I layed on the floor, sick, in pain and tears, and many times you picked me up and set me back in your service, I am eternally grateful. May I someday worthy enough for the Kingdom of Hashem. “Michamolcha” (who is like you?) May you bless our true prophets, rabbis, and priests, our leaders, our spouses, our children and our overseers. “Though art with me”Shalom Avinu Malkenu (Peace to Our Father Our King)
  • I was looking thru old read emails to find a certain email I needed. What I found was even better, an old email with an rma of merchandise I have returned and have not been refunded for yet. I was able to reply and take care of a $375 refund that I forgot about. Thank you Hashem.

Thank You Hashem – Week 142


  • I went to Ikea to return something. I was also planning on buying a high chair for $20 while I was there. I was making small talk with the cashier, I mentioned to her that I had come the previous Sunday to do the return but there was a one-hour wait so I decided to come back another time. I was commenting on how crowded the store is on Sundays. She processed my return and then unexpectedly handed me a $20 gift card. She apologized for my inconvenience ….and that was exactly the amount I needed to buy the high chair. Thank you Hashem!!!!
  • Thank you Hashem I was washing my car for Pesach and was about to wash an area that was hard to get to. I wasn’t sure about it and all of a sudden Hashem took care of it without me having to lift a finger. All of a sudden soapy sud filled water made its way flowing right over the area I needed. It got cleaned all on its own. Thank you Hashem.
  • Thank u Hashem for helping me find extra money I didn’t realize I had before the hag.
  • Time to truly appreciate g-d.
    Learning some torah just now and was on the internet looking at the nobel prize winner
    and I asked Hashem a question in my mind quietly and the question was wow this man is so lucky why is that some people get gifts to discover things and immediately I open the Tanach the bible on my desk and I read a Rashi commentary about the year of Yovel the Jubilee Year and it explains that The laws of Yovel, the Jubilee year teach that the land and freedom are Divine Gifts and that ownership reverts to those whom He (Hashem) G-d wills it.
    So clearly it was like an answer to me to my question and a quick confirmation of a beautiful reality which is that g-d gifts people with whatever gifts G-d wills each individual in this world to have.
    thank you Hashem yitbarach.
  • Thank You Hashem for my wife! 🙂
  • I was on the way to get a haircut before the holiday and know that the lines can be very long being the omer is coming. I needed to go to work after and was pressed for time. I prayed to Hashem to please let the place be empty so I can be quick. I get there and there is not one person waiting, the barber was sitting in his chair waiting for someone to walk in. As I am in the chair the place started to fill up. I was done in 15 minutes and avoided the new line by Hashem answering my tefillah. Thank you Hashem.
  • THANK YOU HASHEM for Pesach and for the mitzvah of no chametz I can’t imagine how the house would look if we didn’t have that obligation.
  • I lost a pair of car keys a while back and during pesach cleaning my wife was checking our jacket pockets and found the keys. Thank you Hashem and thank you to my wife.
  • Thank You Hashem – for everything you do.Was travelling to see someone in queens NY, I don’t usually carry cash with me, only credit card. I noticed my back tire was low, and I had to drive at least an hour and half each way. But when I pulled into gas stations I needed a few quarters for the air inflator (used to jersey that has air for free) I did not have any cash or change, finally I get to the destination, and missed the driveway,Iit was very hard to turn around. I Stopped at the gas station on the corner to make a u turn and then noticed BH the air machine takes credit cards Thank you Hashem!!, I missed the turn to end up in probably the only gas station that takes credit cards for air….
  • Usually Erev Pesach we have a regular day of work (of course I leave early). The day is usually hectic (siyum of bachor, burning hametz, shave early). Well this year Hashem gave me a real gift, for the first time ever our office is closed Erev Pesach. Why? When the company was making the Holiday schedule they thought that the goyim day of good Friday was that day. Did they make a mistake? They think they did but we know Hashem does not make mistakes he is perfect. Thank you Hashem for the awesome day to prepare for the sedar. I think Mashiach is here.
  • I had an engagement, a wedding, a bris and a sheva berachot to attend this week. Thank you Hashem
  • Thank you Hashem for all the Doctors I did not need to see this week. Thank you Hashem for my health.
  • Thank you Hashem for helping us move into a fine building – with a daily Minyan and fine neighbors, in an area that’s perfect, with a rent that’s reasonable, fixed up so nicely, and many other benefits.  As usual we allowed ourselves to be nervous and anxious before it all came together so well when our lease was up and we needed to go !And as usual we are embarrassed with ourselves for feeling that way after all we should have realized that everything would happens for the best, at the right time !
  • Thank you Hashem for the last minute order you sent me right before the holiday
  • Thank you Hashem for all of our Rabbis that we have that make it possible for us to have a Kosher Pesach. All the information we have available to us is amazing. Thank you Hashem for our Rabbis.
  • An issue at work suddenly popped up on me and put me in a jam that could very well take a large amount of time to handle. This came up right before the holiday and was in a pinch on how to handle this issue. Hashem some how put in my head the name of a friend of a friend that may have information for me on how to take care of this. The person was extremely helpful and actually took care of the problem himself. The issue has been taken care of rather quickly. Thank you Hashem and of course the wonderful person who helped.

Thank You Hashem – Week 141

  • My wife gave birth 8 weeks early thank you Hashem for a healthy wife and healthy baby boy!
  • Thank you Hashem for the wedding I am attending-Mazel tov
  • New baby boy in our family- Thank you Hashem
  • Baby girl-mabruk.
  • BH Had a Bar Mitzvah Sunday and wedding on Monday and Tuesday Mabrook!
  • Shabbat Chatan this past shabbat- Mabrook
  • My friends daughter got engaged-so happy- mabruk
  • I went to visit a customer to sell him merchandise thinking I would profit about $200 for his order. In between going to him and calling the next day for the order I did a certain misvah that our rabbis teach us brings parnasah. Called the customer the next day , Just finished with him, bought more than I thought and made over $1000. Thank you so much Hashem.
  • I just heard wonderful news, one of the girls that my daughter prayed for on her wedding day to find their shiduch has gotten engaged! Mabruk! Hope to hear more good news. Thank you Hashem
  • I just heard about 3 girls a little older in age that have gotten engaged. Thank you Hashem
  • Thank you Hashem for the struggles in life and thank you for all the times when there are no struggles in life. Thank you Hashem for the solutions to our struggles in life.
  • I was driving home very late one night and found myself in a very scary and dangerous area. There were very scary people hanging out on each corner staring at me when I would approach. I was very scared. A police officer signaled for me to pull over that he wanted to speak with me. I had no idea what he wanted. He asked me what I was doing, I told him I am a tiny bit lost and trying to get home. He saw that I was honest and not there to meet with any of these scary characters. He leans over and tells me to write down his badge number. He then tells me do not stop by the stop signs that I should carefully slow down about 10 feet before the corner and then carefully drive thru the stop sign avoiding eye contact with these dangerous people.  He said if a cop stops me to give them my badge number and tell them I advised you to do this. I followed his instructions and after a few blocks was able to get on the highway and home safely. Thank you Hashem for your protection.
  • Wedding last night, wedding tonight and wedding Sunday night. Thank you Hashem for happy occasions to celebrate.
  • I was about to go to the store to buy bread and my phone rings and it’s my mother and she says Hi I am in Moishy’s do you need anything. Saved me a trip, Thank you Hashem for my mother.
  • Thank you Hashem for Hatzalah, always there in an instant when we need them.
  • As I was driving the thought popped into my head that I need a car wash for Pesach but not in the mood to deal with lines. I was a little bit out of the neighborhood and thought maybe I can get lucky and find one here that is not too busy. Type car wash into my phone, and says .02 miles away, I follow the short directions and bingo, only 1 person in front of me. I then prepare to pay a little extra for the pesach sketch but they tell me all I need is package 1 for 9.99, he then hands me the ticket and says, here it is on special today for 7.99. Thank you Hashem.

Thank You Hashem – Week 140

  • Thank you Hashem, I was so happy to see my friend Debbie from school today. It made me very happy.  Hashem really cares. Hashem knew how much I wanted to see her. Well done Hashem!
  • Thursday, I had very busy hectic day with many appointments .I had an important package to go out FedEx but no time to go to the post office.    I prayed to Hashem “please send me a FedEx truck” I Walked outside my store and a FedEx truck pulled up and gladly took my package.   In life when we go thru hectic times and then we get bailed out, we may think it’s us, or others or FedEx that helped, but it’s really Hashem that delivers.
  • Nothing is by accident. In the middle of Mincha I accidentally turned a few too many pages and glimpsed at some of the berachot in the upcoming Amidah. I thought to myself that I am not there yet, not in the amidah but will be on those pages shortly in the future and it helped me prepare my kavanah that when I get to those pages I want to be able to focus and concentrate on the powerful berachot of the amidah. Thank you Hashem for letting me prepare. It also made me think about Olam Haba , that I am not there yet and want to prepare here first..
  • Was assisting someone with a matter dealing with Renewal, an organization that helps with Kidney transplants and the woman on the phone at the Drs. Office in Lakewood after hearing me mention Renewal says oh Renewal they recently did a shiduch (a match). I figured she meant a shiduch of connecting a person who needs a kidney with a donor and I continued talking to her about how great that is. She interrupts and says, no they did a real marriage shiduch! I said what? She tells me how there were 2 donors at Renewal and they were put together and have gotten married. Wow..I was on the phone with Aj from Renewal and I mentioned this to him to confirm and he told me 100% true , that he went to the wedding. He made the story even greater by telling me how both of the donors are from Brooklyn and both happened to go to Minneapolis as a chesed to give chizuk to the patient who was preparing to receive a new Kidney. The 2 people met in Minneapolis and are now married. We clearly see Hashems hand here on many fronts, the reward for these peoples chesed, how they both are in NY but met very far away, how they both have the same midah of caring enough to go and fly out to Minneapolis to make a patient feel more comfortable- No doubt this is match made in Heaven by Hashem with the guidance of the fantastic organization Renewal.Thank you Hashem.
  • Brit milah yesterday, mabruk…
  • Was at the Geox store with my wife and the sales person comes and tells us that today they have a sale and we will get an additional 25 percent off of the sale price and if we buy 2nd pair we will get another 50 off of one of the shoes on top of the already reduced price. Got confused, laughed and said whatever you said sounds good. Got a great pair of Geox for $26! My wife’s were about $60. Thank you Hashem.
  • Thank you Hashem for sending me a chesed to do.
  • Saved myself a 3 hour trip in the car by asking a simple question, Thank you Hashem for putting the right thoughts in our minds.
  • Got a free upgrade on my flight, Thank you Hashem.
  • Found out I was going to have extra expenses this Pesach year being I was going to have to have extra meals in my home this year. I did not get bothered by the extra expense even though it is a little tight right now and said to myself, my friend always reminds me that Hashem pays for Shabbat and Holidays. Shortly after finding out about the extra expenses someone approaches me with a gift card for a very nice amount to one of the biggest kosher supermarkets in town. Keep in mind this person never has given me a gift card like this before , this was given on a year that I was having extra meals and Hashem has taken care of it on his Shabbat and Holiday account. Thank you so much to this friend and of course Thank you Hashem for always taking care of all of our needs. Chodesh Tov to all.
  • Engagement party last night –Mazal Tov
  • Wow , Thank you Hashem , I just called the rent a car company to tell them that I made a reservation but never got an email confirmation and when I go on the site to see the car rental it shows a way higher price. They looked me up and said I do not have a reservation. Uh oh , I say here are my dates please see if you can get me the same price I originally had that was 200 less then what it shows now. She types it in and says there is a special deal right now and it will be over 100 less than my original reservation! I say can I do it online she says no it is only available at this particular airport and only available by doing it on the phone. Thank you Hashem for saving me over 300 dollars and Thank you Hashem for putting the idea in my head to give them a call, something I normally would not do.
  • Was witness to enormous amounts of chesed and maasim tovim this week on many levels of Adam Lichaveiro. Made me realize how lucky I am to be a Jew. There is no one like our nation. Thank you Hashem for choosing me to be part it.

Thank You Hashem – Week 139

  • Thank you Hashem for such a wonderful Holiday of Purim to enjoy with friends and family.
  • Was trying to plan a trip to go away and for some reason things kept coming up and blocking me from making the plans. Finally was unable to go and planned it for a later date. Looking at the weather of where we were going shows many storms. Thank you Hashem for directing me as always.
  • Brit milah today- Mazal Tov
  • 3 chattans in shul shabbat- Thank you Hashem.
  • Thank you Hashem’ that my phone works perfectly even after being submerged in water! Thank you for directing me to take the proper actions to prevent any damage. Mamash a miracle!
  • Thank you Hashem’ that my fever went away almost instantly after taking 2 Tylenols and taking a short nap. This allowed me to help my wife on Sunday taking care of the baby and chores around the house.
  • Lost my 180’s and found them on the seat of my car , lost my slippers and found them by the couch. Thank you Hashem
  • It was pouring rain outside. Gam Zu L’tovah. I woke up late, Gam Zu L’tovah. I was running late, had to go to a different Shul for Shacharis. Gam Zu L’tovah. I missed the turn for the street I should’ve taken. I had to go more out of the way now. Now I was going to be late for this Minyan too. Gam Zu L’tovah. In the pouring rain, not even 50 feet after the turn that I missed was a soaking wet Yeshiva Bochur waiting for a hitch. Of course I pulled over to pick him up. It was my old neighbor. very grateful to me and The Master Of The Universe who has it all planned out perfectly. Gam Zu L’Tovah.
  • Thank you Hashem for my friend who pushed me very hard and did not give up in trying to get me to give sedaka to his shul
  • I mistakenly tapped a car that was parked in front of me and didn’t realize there was a person sleeping in there, he must have been drunk or something. He reacted very violently so I took off. He started to chase me in his car. I was very scared and prayed very hard to Hashem to protect me. He was speeding up behind me and was about to hit me so I speeded up and this became a high speed chase, I was petrified having this crazy man chasing me in his car chas vishalom something unthinkable could happen. I was panicking and without realizing I quickly turned down a one way street to try and lose him but what I did not realize in my panic was that I was going the wrong direction on a one way street and to make it worse this crazy man continued his chase after me down this one way street in the wrong direction. I prayed to Hashem, stopped at the corner and braked pretending to put my car in park as if I wanted to get out of the car and confront him. He jumps out of his car like a maniac, I quickly floor it and cross over a big 2 Way Street that happened to have the light at yellow then turned red as I crossed and then oncoming traffic got in the way of this guy and I got away. Thank you Hashem for protecting me and for letting me be ok to speak about it. I love you Hashem.
  • I went to my storage place in Brooklyn in the middle of no mans land-goy land and the minute I got there the manager saw I was wearing a kippah and asked me to come and pray mincha with him. He took me to a huge warehouse accross the street where there was an sy wholesale business and we had a regular sy minyan. Thank you Hashem.
  • I raised $1050 yesterday for sedaka and $300 of it was mine. Today someone offered me $1200 worth of gift cards to any store I want, for 25 percent off, so I bought it and saved exactly the same amount I gave to sedaka yesterday. Wow thank you Hashem….just looked at the times and I paid the donation last night at 1:04 am and I was offered the gift cards at 1:18am,14 minutes after.
  • Can’t help but stop to thank Hashem for all the good in my life. Baruch Hashem I have an amazing husband and beautiful child, a spacious apartment, a job, food to eat, clothing to wear, my family’s health…I can go on and on Thank You Hashem!!
  • Thank you for my wonderful husband who took me on a beautiful vaction
  • Thank you Hashem for achdut and for letting me live and be part of our special community which in itself is a great great kidush Hashem. Thank you Hashem

Thank You Hashem – Week 138

  • When they asked Reb Shlomo Freifeld why he persisted with the annual yeshiva Purim parade even when he was ill, and it was hard for him to move, he explained.
    Maybe a Jewish woman in Lawrence (this before it was a frum neighborhood) will open her door on Purim morning to bring in the Times off her porch, and she’ll notice a flash of color, she’ll hear the music. She’ll crane her neck and see the parade and remember, ‘Hey, it’s Purim today.’ She’ll go in and tell her husband and they’ll be happy, remembering it’s Purim. “Efsher,” Reb Shlomo concluded, “m’ken unvarmen a Yiddishe hartz, we can warm a Jewish heart.” A freilechen Purim
  • Thank you Hashem for letting a special mitsva fall into my lap. I was driving down east 8th crossing kings highway and I saw a boy carrying a bag and something fell out of his bag right in the middle of the street the boy not realizing, continued walking. I pulled my car over and picked up the item it was a pair of tzisit I ran after the boy who was already a block away and was able to be mekayim the mitsva of hashavat avedah.
  • Thank you Hashem for letting me host a sheva berachot in my home with the help of some great friends. It was a pleasure to work together and the happiness and joy was incredible. May the bride and groom live a long happy healthy and successful life together!
  • Last week my email accounts were hacked. For some reason I spoke with the anti-hacking company very late at night and the technicians would only be around in the morning to fix the problem – of course with steep price including downloading their software…. Thank you Hashem that it was late and that department was closed…. The next day I davened – specifically asked Hashem to help me with this hacking issue, said some Tehillim – and listened to a shiur from Rabbi David Ashear – Emunah Daily – and was reminded that everything that happens to a person throughout the entire day is Hashem’s will and He can do anything! When I opened my email – lo and behold everything worked! Nothing was messed up nor was I blocked from any tasks!! 🙂
    Thank you Hashem for helping make the hishtadlus, davening, relying on you, saving me the money and taking care of the problem! It was a powerful reminder for me. Thank you Hashem for always being there with me!
  • Went to the muni meter and went back to put the ticket in my car and a nice jewish man honks and tells me that I am not in a spot. There is 1 spot in the middle of the block that is very tricky and if I look close it says no parking. He saved me a ticket. The funny thing was I was deciding if I should go to one store or another and this man owned one of the stores I was deciding about and of course I returned the favor and gave him my business and went to his store. Thank you HASHEM
  • Thank you Hashem for answering my tefilot.
  • Thank you Hashem for the car alarm that went off at 5am, in front of my house. The alarm clock didn’t wake me, so Hashem sent me the car alarm to wake me, and I got to class on time !
  • I was trying very hard on Friday to keep to my deadline and get out of the office early but every phone call and interruption  had me extending my deadline by a few minutes until I finally was able to get out the door.
    I ran to the bank to make an important deposit and to cash a check then hurried to the train station. I was quite angry at myself from having spent much more time than I planned to being in the office.  As I approached the turnstile I reached for my wallet to get my MetroCard and lo and behold my wallet was gone ! I immediately thought I must’ve left it in the office and tried to call to see if anyone was still there then it dawned on me that I last had it in my hand when I showed the teller my ID to cash the check.  I ran back to the bank huffing and puffing and praying that my wallet would be there sure enough the teller recognized me and reassuringly said we have your wallet!  THANK YOU HASHEM
  • Thank you Hashem for probably the happiest week in my life. I am so grateful to you.
  • Thank You HaShem for letting us celebrate Purim even after so many years of galut and that the Torah and our chagim never got lost from our nation!
  • Wonderful engagement this week . Thank you Hashem
  • Had family wedding and a bris this week. Thank you Hashem
  • I had $50 folded and separated in my pocket for a few days. I went to look for it and it was gone. I said oh well it must have fell out of my pocket being it was folded or maybe I mixed it in with my other money?. A few days later I was preparing for Shabbat and was not spending any shabbat meals home that week but still went and bought some nice things for the honor of shabbat and spent about 50 dollars. I got dressed and put my hand in my suit pocket and found the missing folded $50. Thank you Hashem……wow!!!- about one hour after I submitted this to the Thank you Hashem email, I just found ANOTHER $50 in my pocket! Thank you Hashem

Thank You Hashem – Week 137

  • An important feature on my office telephone system stopped working. I went and I bought the component that needed to be replaced. As I was putting the new one in I saw the wire needed to be tinkered with, got an idea to pull out the new component and put the broken one back in and jingle the wire and see what happens. Sure enough it worked and I was able to return the new part and get a refund. Thank you Hashem.-Hashem was listening to my request which seemed so tiny and yet it was fulfilled pretty soon after I davened for it. I asked to see Debbie my school friend. We had the good fortune of this encounter today. I am so grateful to Hashem. Thank you. This was a very important meeting. I just know. thank you. thank you Hashem
  • I forgot to move my car for alternate side parking and I did not get a ticket. Thank you Hashem
  • Thank you Hashem for allowing me to be at the wedding of my daughter to the most wonderful chattan a person can ask for. Enjoying every moment of the Charlie horse following the wedding, was thinking to put some Bengay on but said I rather feel the Charlie horse as a reminder of the greatness of Hashem for allowing me the chesed of being able to dance all night by my daughters wedding. Thank you Hashem I love you and I know you love all of us.
  • Thank you Hashem once again that I am not even remotely tempted to go on any of these pesach trips that we keep getting bombarded with. Nothing like the Olam Haba feeling at our dining room table enjoying our seder with the ones I love most.
  • Thank you Hashem for the amazing weather this winter.
  • Thank you Hashem for my eyes in which to see the beautiful world and for my spiritual eyes in which to see you!
  • Baruch Hashem, my friend has become a father for the first time after 18 years of Marriage! Hodu La Hashem kitov ki liolam chasdo. Mabruk
  • I went to the airport to catch a flight and was running a bit late. Wisking thru the traffic, somehow I got there exactly one hour before the flight and was going to be able to board my flight. Or so I thought, I got to the check in and they tell me that I can not get on the flight, that the boarding is booked. I started to get angry but was trying to hold it in , I politely say that I am here on time how can it be that you will not let me on the flight. She says for some reason her computer is closed and does not allow any more activity for this flight. I caught myself from getting upset and said Hashem I accept it gam zu litovah, I ask if she can put me on another flight. She steps away and comes back with a big smile. She tells me that the flight I was shceduled for has an issue and will be delayed for a long time and that she was able to put me on a flight leaving in 20 minutes. She continues and says that had I been 2 or 3 minutes earlier I would have been checked in to the original flight and stuck with the delay but now I will be leaving 40 minutes earlier than my scheduled flight and as a perk she even sent my luggage on the ground to my new flight. Thank you Hashem for the traffic and for helping me to not get angry.
  • For some reason I ended up in Lakewood and found myself in the Bagel store. All of a sudden I get a tap on my shoulder and it is a friend that just happened to be in Lakewood visiting from abroad. I have not seen him for a very long time and some how Hashem pushed the buttons and put both of us here at this moment when neither one of us lives in Lakewood.
  • I prayed at a shul I do not regularly attend and picked up a divrei Torah to read. It is amazing how these words were exactly what I needed to read about at that given moment in my life. I folded the paper up and kept it with me so I can read it over and over again and work on myself. Thank you Hashem , I believe this was a message straight from you.
  • Visiting a friend in the hospital I was able to be reminded of all the wonderful chesed that is done by klal Yisrael. The visiting, the packages , the food you name it. It is very inspiring and made me proud to be a jew.
  • I went to the Dr. to check on something I was concerned about and Baruch Hashem it was something extremely minor that we treated within minutes and went away. Thank you Hashem for curing me.
  • Got to spend a very inspiring shabbos with some of the most special people. It was very uplifting and encouraged me to try and do more misvos with love and warmth.
  • Thank you Hashem for the Rabbis of our community who stop at nothing to help us in our time of need. Please shower them with much beracha.
  • was shopping and saw something that was more than I wanted to spend, one of the workers tells me by the way that item is on special and not as marked let me scan it. They scan it and it was perfectly priced for me. Thank you Hashem for this savings.

Thank You Hashem – Week 136

  •  Thank you Hashem. I forgot the roast in the oven, but I didn’t forget to turn it off
  • Story- The brand new Rabbi and his wife were newly assigned to their first congregation to reopen a Shul in suburban Brooklyn. They arrived in early February excited about their opportunities. When they saw their Shul, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Erev Purim. They worked hard, repairing aged pews, plastering walls, painting, etc., and on 8th of the Adar (February 17th) they were ahead of schedule and just about finished. On February 19 a terrible snowstorm hit the area and lasted for two days. On the 21st, the Rabbi went over to the Shul. His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the e front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high. The Rabbi cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Erev Purim service, headed home. On the way home, he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity, so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a Magen David embroidered right in the centre. It was just the right size to cover the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the Shul. By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The Rabbi invited her to wait in the warm Shul for the next bus 45 minutes later. She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the Rabbi while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The Rabbi could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area. Then the Rabbi noticed the woman walking down the centre aisle. Her face was like a sheet. “Rabbi, “she asked, “where did you get that tablecloth?” The Rabbi explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Poland. The woman could hardly believe it as the Rabbi told how he had just gotten “The Tablecloth”.The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Poland. When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. He was captured, sent to a camp and she never saw her husband or her home again. The Rabbi wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the Rabbi keep it for the Shul. The Rabbi insisted on driving her home. That was the least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job. What a wonderful service they had on Erev Purim. The Shul was almost full. The Service was great. At the end of the service, the Rabbi and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return. One older man, whom the Rabbi recognized from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the Rabbi wondered why he wasn’t leaving. The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Poland before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike? He told the Rabbi how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a camp. He never saw his wife or his home again all the 35 years between.The Rabbi asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the Rabbi had taken the woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman’s apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Erev Purim reunion he could ever imagine. The above is a true story. “Hashem does work in mysterious ways!
  • Thank You Hashem for giving me what is best for me. Because Only YOU MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE Knows what’s best for me 🙂
  • I was about to pay a large vendor bill over 5K on-line as we had recently switched terms with the Vendor to pay on-line.I suspected that a previous bill I had paid on-line was also debited from my account in effect making me pay twice. I checked once and couldn’t verify it and concluded there wasn’t a double payment after all and I returned to the payment window to initiate payment of the large bill. But I still didn’t feel right so I called the vendor though It was past 5:30 PM. Sure enough the rep told me that few double payments were made and would be credited. They were also about to debit the large amount as well the next day ! The new pay-on-line feature wasn’t properly implemented! THANK YOU HASHEM ! No way that 5K should end up in the Vendors account and me trying to get it back in time.
  •  Thank you Hashem for each day that I pull myself together and make it thru skl. Thank you for allowing me to realize that even though there are difficult situations in life you have to move forward. Thank you Hashem for each day that I don’t worry about my friends having panic attacks. Thank you Hashem for not only giving me my struggles but also for helping me have the strength to live better because of them and not in spite of them. Thank you Hashem for giving me a life on your world to work and better myself to serve you.
  • Last night we realized that we don’t have hot water, as I went to take a look at the hot tank, I see that it’s leaking. Called the plumber and the whole game cost only $40. Thank you Hashem for solving this so quickly and with no cost really.

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